Jan 16, 2018
The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative aims to build community hubs for people with Parkinson’s – outside the medical setting – to create more opportunities for exercise, connect people to support and educational resources and provide motivation to get out and be active. Founded ten years ago in New York and now expanded to Boston, Chicago, Tampa, FL, and Washington, DC, the initiative is a partnership between Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence and Jewish Community Centers, with support from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Clinical social worker Amy Lemen of New York University Langone Medical Center was the original project lead for the New York program and led expansion of the national network. She describes the program, what it offers, who can participate and how.