PHILIPSBURG:— Anja Bronius (Parkinson’s Café) and Clara Reyes (National Institute of Arts) have teamed up and developed a bi-weekly session at the National Institute of Arts (NIA) at the John Larmonie Center on the Longwall Road. Persons with Parkinson’s disease and other neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, M.S. or A.L.S., and their caretakers are invited to participate every 1st (11h to 12h) and 3rd (12.30 to 13h) Wednesday of the month to come out and dance! First session will be held on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017!
The idea to organize the recurring dancing event stems from the Parkinson’s Café, a monthly gathering in which a certain topic related to the disease is discussed and is based on similar initiatives already in place in the Netherlands and the U.S.A.
Dance for Health has, apart from being a social event, an important additional physical advantage as exercise and movement are crucial to maintaining a better quality of life, despite the impairment of mobility, and works in addition to other therapies to keep the physical and mental fitness up as much as possible.
The session combines dance movements from different types of styles and triggers the imagination and ability to express oneself while specific issues are dealt with such as maintaining balance, flexibility and motor skills. As such it is a creative process where fun in a group can lead to more self-confidence in one’s own abilities.
The Parkinson’s Foundation was started to bring awareness to the community about Parkinson’s disease and to support the people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
Parkinson’s Foundation teams up with the National Institute of Arts to dance!