Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative Honored by Spertus Institute
Last week, JCC Chicago was awarded the Innovation and Collaboration Award by the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership for its program, the Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative. Addie Goodman, Chief Advancement Officer, accepted the award at Spertus’ Jewish Community Networking Night. She was joined by Amy Eisenstein, Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute at CJE Senior Life.
The Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative was selected to receive this award because of the program’s innovative concept, collaborative work with other institutions and the truly unique impact the initiative has on the greater Chicago Jewish community. JCC Chicago, together with its program partners CJE Senior Life and the Northwestern University Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, developed the innovative Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative. Launched this past January at the Bernard Horwich JCC in W. Rogers Park, the initiative offers movement therapy sessions, a caregiver support group, and community-wide Parkinson’s disease educational events.
JCC Chicago was one of five organizations across the country selected by the National Parkinson Foundation as a program partner and satellite site to help launch and build a community of support for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. The Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative is made possible by a grant to the National Parkinson Foundation from The Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation.
The next session of the Parkinson Wellness Initiative begins April 25th. For more information or to register for the Parkinson’s Wellness classes at JCC Chicago please visit www.jccchicago.org/parkinsons
Photo Credit: Dan Rest
Source: Spertus Institute
Pictured: Amy Eisenstein, Addie Goodman and Tal Rosen of the Spertus Institute.