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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.
Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Second floor conference room
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
August 1 (Aurora) and August 8 (Yorkville)
APDA and Deep Brain Stimulation — Caregiver break out

September 5 (Aurora) and September 12 (Yorkville)
Equipment Updates for DBS — Adam Benyo, Boston Scientific

October 3 (Aurora) and October 10 (Yorkville)
Maximizing Nutrition for Wellness — Caregiver break out

November 7 (Aurora) and November 14 (Yorkville)
Meditation and Parkinson’s — Caregiver break out

Exercise

Exercise 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.

Boxing for Parkinson’s
12 week sessions beginning Tuesday, July 10 • 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.

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.

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.

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 – Fall Session: 8/6, 8/20, 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Second Floor Conference Room
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 – Fall Session: 8/13, 8/27, 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26 • 2 to 3 p.m.
Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Second Floor Conference Room
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

You Too – Caregiver Seminar
Saturday, November 3 • 9 a.m. to Noon
Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Second Floor Conference Room
As a caregiver, your state of mind and overall health can impact your ability to provide the care your loved one needs, at the level you want to give. It’s important to remember that you need to take care of yourself when taking care of someone with Parkinson’s disease, especially as they become more dependent on you. This seminar will provide information and guidance on what to expect from Parkinson’s caregiving and how to care for your own health. Continental breakfast will be provided.

Doctors Seminar
Saturday, September 1 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Rush Copley Heart Institute, 2088 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, Second Floor Conference Room
Dr. Meagan Bailey, Assistant Professor, Section of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush University Medical Center will be presenting Stress and Parkinson’s. With the holidays soon upon us, stress becomes more prevalent. Finding ways to manage stress is important for us all, but especially for people with Parkinson’s disease because stress can lead to a worsening of some of the symptoms. Join Dr. Bailey as she discusses resources that can help you cope with some of the most stressful aspects of your life.

Holiday Happening
Wednesday, December 5 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Holiday Party for all participants of the Movement Disorders program – fun, food and festivities as well as games and bingo.