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Published on July 12, 2019

Parkinson’s Foundation Awards Grant to Rush Copley’s Movement Disorders Program

(Aurora, IL) – The Parkinson’s Foundation recently granted $22,140 to support Rush Copley Medical Center’s exercise programs for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. The foundation’s community grants support health, wellness and educational programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community.

The grant will help support classes in Rush Copley’s Movement Disorders Program which helps individuals with Parkinson’s achieve the highest possible quality of life. The program includes support groups, art and music therapy, exercise classes and educational programs – all free of charge. Specifically, the grant will support two Delay the Disease classes, two Next Level Delay the Disease classes, one specialty boxing class and one Aqua Exercise for Parkinson’s class. Held at Rush Copley Healthplex, these classes meet weekly and are designed to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease.

“The support we’re receiving from the Parkinson’s Foundation community grant will help 60 individuals with group exercise programs – conducted in our state-of-the-art fitness facility – that have a proven track record of improving participants’ physical and mental well-being,” said Dr. Mohammad Daaif, MD, neurologist at Rush Copley Medical Center. “We are thrilled that we can provide people with Parkinson’s and their care partners this unique program that will change the way they live with Parkinson’s for the better.”
The Parkinson’s Foundation this year awarded more than $1.5 million in community grants. This grant cycle focused on three areas: programs that provide a service for underserved Parkinson’s communities, initiatives that reach the newly diagnosed, and clinical trial education and participation that reach those under-represented in the Parkinson’s community.

“We are proud to announce these community grants and expand programs and resources in Parkinson’s communities across the entire nation,” said John L. Lehr, Parkinson’s Foundation president and chief executive officer. “These grant recipients share our passion and commitment to making life better for people with Parkinson’s.”

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative condition in the United States, characterized by slowness of movement, rigidity, balance impairment and resting tremor. Studies have shown that regular exercise helps reduce stiffness and improve mobility, posture, balance and gait and may help slow disease progression.

To learn more about Rush Copley’s Movement Disorders Program, visit

About Rush Copley
Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital that serves the greater Fox Valley area. More than 500 physicians and 2,500 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients. Rush Copley is part of Rush, an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush University.

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, building on the energy, experience and passion of the global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

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