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Movement Disorders Support Programs

Rush Copley's Movement Disorders program provides support services to help patients maximize their movement, coordination, and quality of life. Here are the program offerings for this fall. If you have an questions or need additional information, please call 630-978-4948.

Support

Movement Disorders support groups meet monthly to provide support and education for people living with Parkinson’s disease or other movement disorders. You will learn about resources and programs that can enhance your quality of life. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences with others and to be part of a community of people who understand what you are going through.

Aurora Parkinson’s Support Group
Meets the first Wednesday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Caregiver/Spouse breakout groups are every other month.

Yorkville Parkinson’s Support Group
Meets the second Wednesday of every month, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthcare Center, 1100 West Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
Conference Room

Essential Tremor Support Group
Meets the fourth Monday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Rush Copley Medical Center, 2000 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Conference Room Three

Speakers for Parkinson’s Support Groups
Every month, a professional in the movement disorders field will speak to the support groups on various topics to provide education and support for people living with Parkinson's disease or other movement disorders.  Participants are encouraged to ask questions.

Exercise

Parkinson'S FoundationExercise can have positive effects on physical and mental wellness. It empowers people to feel stronger and more in control. It is also a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and the activities of daily living.

These programs are supported in part by a community grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.

Boxing for Parkinson’s
Tuesdays • Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
Non-contact boxing classes can help reduce and even delay the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. To register call, Amy Joerger at 630-978-6280 or email amy.joerger@rushcopley.com. Space is limited to 10 participants per session. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time.

Combined Group Boxing
Last Friday of each month • 1 to 2 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Boxing Studio
Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to the start of class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time. Space is limited to 20 participants per session.

Delay the Disease®
Tuesdays and Thursdays • 1 to 2 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Studio One
Taught by certified Delay the Disease® instructors, these classes are designed specifically to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. To register call Amy Joerger at 630-978-6280 or email amy.joerger@rushcopley.com. Space is limited to 30 participants per session. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time.

Next Level Delay the Disease®

Tuesdays and Thursdays • 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Studio One
Taught by certified Delay the Disease® instructors, these classes are designed to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with Parkinson’s disease. Instructor approval required. To register, call Amy Joerger at 630-978-6280 or email amy.joerger@rushcopley.com. Space is limited to 30 participants per session. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time.

Aqua Exercise for Parkinson's

Water provides support to those with weak muscles for reassured balance and improved posture as well as providing greater mobility. The resistance the water provides helps improve muscle strength and endurance as well as body awareness.

Aqua Move
Fridays • 1 to 2 p.m. (Last Friday of each month is boxing in the Boxing Studio)
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Warm Water Therapy Pool
Space is limited to 20 participants per session. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time.

Mind and Body Wellness

Mind/Body Training
Last Thursday of each month • 1 to 2 p.m. or 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Yoga Studio
Space is limited to 30 participants per session. Mind/Body Training is one of the most beneficial complementary therapies for Parkinson’s disease, helping to increase flexibility, improve posture, loosen tight, painful muscles, build (or rebuild) confidence, and enhance quality of life. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. This evaluation includes balance, agility, mobility, strength and reaction time.

Art Therapy
Mondays – Spring Session: February 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8,22 and May 6, 20 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Art Therapy uses the creative process of art making to help participants increase their awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms and stress and enhance cognitive abilities. No artistic talent or knowledge is necessary to participate.

Music Therapy
Mondays – Spring Session: February 4,18; March 4,18; April 1,15,29 and May 13 • 2 to 3 p.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Music therapy is the evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish the goals of increasing speech intelligibility, pitch, and loudness, improving respiratory strength, and providing social support and relaxation. No musical experience or talent is necessary to participate.

Special Events

Doctors Seminars - Updates in Parkinson's Disease
Saturday, March 9 • 10 a.m. to noon
Continental Breakfast and registration at 9:30 a.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Dr. Matthew Wodziak, Movement Disorder Neurologist, will present updates in Parkinson's disease management.

Coming March 2019 - Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing classes are designed specifically to help people with mobility and dexterity. The classes are modified for all levels of PArkinson's and the coaches are trained to focus specifically on particular symptoms during a workout.  Watch for more details coming soon.