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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 Movement Disorders Group
Meets the first Wednesday of every month except July and January, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Caregiver/Spouse breakout groups are every other month.

Yorkville Movement Disorders Group
Meets the second Wednesday of every month except July and January, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthcare Center, 1100 West Veterans Parkway, Yorkville
Conference Room

Speakers for Movement Disorders 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 Foundation logoExercise 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. For people living with a movement disorder, exercise and physical activity can help improve symptoms and mental well-being. To register for any of the exercise classes — including Delay the Disease classes, aqua move, boxing and mind/body training — please call Amy Joerger at 630-978-6280 or email amy.joerger@rushcopley.com.

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

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. 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. 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.

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.

Rock Steady Boxing
Tuesdays • Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora
The Rock Steady Boxing program allows those affected by Parkinson’s disease to fight back, feel comfortable and gain confidence in their abilities in a non-contact boxing program. This safe, engaging and progressive fitness program will challenge, motivate and inspire you. Space is limited to 10 participants per session. Participants must complete a fitness evaluation and physician release prior to starting class. The 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 – Fall Session: July 29, August 12, August 26, September 16, September 30, October 14, October 28, November 111:30 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 – Fall Session: August 5, August 19, September 9, September 23, October 7, October 21, November 4, November 18 • 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, September 7 • 9:30 a.m. to noon
Continental Breakfast and registration at 9:30 a.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Dr. Sepehr B. Sani, neurologist, will present updates in Parkinson’s disease management. To register, call Chris Weincek at 630-692-5280 or cweincek@rushcopley.com.

Caregiver Retreat
Saturday, October 5 • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Continental breakfast and registration at 9:30 a.m.
Waterford Place, 1310 Waterford Drive, Aurora
Join us for a morning retreat of relaxation and self-care as you explore stress relief, take care of yourself and connect with other caregivers. This workshop will include journaling, cooking and movement. Space is limited so please be sure to register. For more information or to register, contact Chris Weincek at 630-692-5280 or cweincek@rushcopley.com.