ExercisAbilities was awarded $10,000 for: Achieving a Happy and Healthy Life with Parkinson’s Disease: For Patient and Supporter Well-Being in Everyday Life
For Immediate Release:
August 19, 2020
Melanie Brennan, Founder/CEO
Parkinson’s Foundation Grants $1.5 Million to Local Communities for Parkinson’s Programs
ExercisAbilities Awarded Funding for: Achieving a Happy and Healthy Life with Parkinson’s Disease:
For Patient and Supporter Well-Being in Everyday Life
NEW YORK & MIAMI – August 4, 2020 – The Parkinson’s Foundation today announced the recipients of more than $1.5 million in community grants for Parkinson’s programs. Community grants support local health, wellness and educational programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. ExercisAbilities was awarded $10,000 for: Achieving a Happy and Healthy Life with Parkinson’s Disease: For Patient and Supporter Well-Being in Everyday Life
“We are proud to continue to provide community grants and expand programs and resources that focus on diverse and underserved populations within the PD community,” said John L. Lehr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation. “With COVID-19 impacting the world and Parkinson’s community as a whole, this is a vital year for the Parkinson’s Foundation to provide support and funding for grant recipients who remain committed and undeterred in their commitment to make life better for people with Parkinson’s.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation awarded more than $1.5 million in community grants, ranging from a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $25,000 per grant application. This year’s grant cycle focused on three areas, including: programs that provide services for diverse and underserved populations, initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed and programs that address mental health and Parkinson’s.
New this year, the Parkinson’s Foundation launched the Centers of Excellence Community Outreach Resource Education (CORE) grants to support community-based education and outreach programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community. The Foundation awarded 19 CORE grant recipients across the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence network for programs that align with the community grants focus areas and offer a variety of innovative therapies, programs and professional healthcare training. Centers of Excellence are designated medical centers with a specialized Parkinson’s care team that practices the latest treatments and research while providing the best care.
Programs funded by the Parkinson’s Foundation community grants also include wellness, dance, music therapy and educational classes and services that can help people with Parkinson’s live better with the disease. These programs will benefit communities in 37 states across the country.
Since 2011, the Parkinson’s Foundation has funded more than 436 community-based programs that help address unmet needs for people with PD. To see the full list of the 2020 community grant recipients, visit www.parkinson.org/get-involved/Community-Grants/Recipients/2020
About the Parkinson’s Foundation
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).
About Parkinson’s Disease
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
Exercisabilities is a physical rehabilitation and medical fitness facility located on North Broadway in Rochester. Exercisabilities offers a full range of specialized services including long-term assistance with physical recovery following illness, disability, or pain, for patients ages birth to adult. In addition to Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, we offer Pediatric Speech Therapy, Therapeutic Health Services, and a variety of classes and camps. Our mission is to inspire individuals of all abilities to reach their full potential. We believe that our services and resources should be available to all that desire to improve their quality of life, despite any accessibility issues or financial hardship.
About the Funded Program
ExercisAbilities will be hosting a series of three workshops in the coming year, focusing on all aspects of life for Parkinson’s Disease patients as well as their Supporters. The workshops are a collaboration with ExercisAbilities therapists and staff, community physicians and health practitioners, and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Support Group members. The workshops will be held from 9:00 am-1:15 pm on Nov. 14, 2020, March 20, 2021, and May 22, 2021. These workshops will be offered in a hybrid virtual format to offer safety to those at risk during COVID-19.
For more information – contact Annie Skogen at firstname.lastname@example.org
2530 Broadway Ave N
Rochester, MN 55906