Parkinson’s not only affects persons with the disease, but also spouses, family, friends and co-workers. For this reason, programs have been developed to offer support to these individuals.
Exercise: Orange Coast Medical Center offers free Parkinson’s exercise classes for patients, caregivers and family members. Benefits of exercise specific for people with Parkinson’s disease include: enhanced quality of life, easier mobility with day-to-day tasks, increased flexibility of the muscles, improved motion of the joints, decreased stiffness, and better posture and movements.
Support Groups:Parkinson’s support groups are offered at Orange Coast Medical Center, Saddleback Medical Center and Long Beach Medical Center. Caregiver support group meetings and Young Onset support group meetings are also offered at Orange Coast Medical Center.
Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group - The Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group offers those who are newly diagnosed and under the age of 60 with education and a time to share and learn with others who have this unique diagnosis.
Dance for Parkinson’s - Specifically designed for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, this dance class empowers you to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.
Physical Therapy: Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!) - Orange Coast Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department offers evidence-based, clinically proven, physical therapy by licensed therapists certified in the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) program. Patients who have participated in our Outpatient Rehabilitation program may attend these complimentary maintenance/progression classes. For more information, please call (714) 378-5022.
MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson's regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®. SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook. Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call (714) 378-5095.
Music Therapy: The Music Therapy class at Orange Coast Medical Center, facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapist, Karen Skipper, is designed to provide patients with Parkinson’s Disease a unique, fun and evidence-based resource to improve their ability to walk and speak. For more information and class dates, please call (714) 378-5022.
Art Therapy: The Art for Therapy class provides patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and their loved ones, with an opportunity to express their emotions through creative art sessions. For more information and class dates, please call (714) 378-5022.
Additional resources can be obtained by visiting the Resources & Support section of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website or The Michael J. Fox Foundation website.
The Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Disease Program at Orange Coast Medical Center provides comprehensive, compassionate and timely treatment for patients with movement disorders with some of the top neurologists and neurosurgeons in Orange County.
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