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Making a Difference in Parkinson’s Disease

Learn about our passionate team,
and how you can help!

LIBBY’S STORY

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in 2004, Elizabeth Woodbury, nicknamed Libby, experienced, first-hand, the need for an organization to provide support and services to those diagnosed with the disease. With that in mind, she formed a committee to raise monies through annual fundraising Style Shows, starting in 2005. In 2012, NWI Parkinson’s, Inc., was officially designated by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization and incorporated in the State of Indiana.

Libby’s entrepreneurial spirit began in 1997, when she opened Elizabeth’s Fashions*, an upscale women’s boutique, offering designer style for women, with locations in Dyer, Chesterton and Schererville, Indiana. Elizabeth’s Fashions is now part of NWI Parkinson’s, and ALL proceeds go to fund the organization’s activities for Parkinson patients.

As demand for PD services grew, Libby and the NWI Parkinsons’ Board of Directors saw the need for the group to have its own building to better serve individuals and their families.  The corporation building, located at 2927 Jewett Avenue in Highland, Indiana, was purchased in 2017, and has grown to serve over 2,000 individuals afflicted with PD annually.

Research has proven that exercise, such as Dance, Yoga and Boxing, can help individuals with PD achieve improved mobility and slows the progression of the disease. NWI Parkinson’s provides a multitude of FREE services to these individuals and their caregivers.  FREE classes are offered weekly and include Dance for PD, Boxing, Yoga, Full-Body Workouts,  Cardio Drumming Class, LSVT-BIG Class and a NEW Machine Circuit Exercise Class!  Other FREE services include weekly Discussion Groups, led by a nurse, Support Groups and monthly Pearls of Wisdom educational seminars, given by experts in their field on various topics, including Medication Management, Nutrition, and the latest PD Research, to name a few.

Annual fundraising events to support the mission of NWI Parkinson’s, include a Dinner Dance, an Educational Symposium, providing the latest information and research on PD, and a Style Show, featuring women’s styles from her store, and men’s fashions from John Cicco’s Menswear in Merrillville, Indiana.

NWI Parkinson’s Mission Statement is, “To give Parkinson patients HOPE, to know that they are not alone, and that we are bringing them together for exercise, companionship and to find ways to improve their quality of life.” 

*As of June 15th, 2022, Elizabeth’s Boutique has moved upstairs to the 2nd Floor!
    Come visit the new location!


Our Team

Our amazing team of
volunteers is committed
to helping others.
Think you would be a good fit?
Contact us: 219-237-2342

 


Our Services

Our services are offered free
of charge to Parkinson
patients, thanks to all the
helping hands of this
amazing community.

 


Our Mission
To give Parkinson patients HOPE,
to know that they are not alone,
and that we are bringing them together
for exercise, companionship and to
find ways to improve their quality of life.     

                          

   Our Board of Directors:

 2021 OFFICERS:
Chairman – Elizabeth Woodbury
1st Vice-Chairman – Donald Nagdeman
2nd Vice-Chairman – Dr. Daniel Dunn
Secretary – Lori Plesha
Treasurer – Thomas Woodbury
BOARD MEMBERS:
 Andrea Dance,  Helen Garrison,
 Julie Markowitz, Derek Morrison, Evelyn Morrison,
Dr. Jennifer Pallone, Sandra Qualls, Dr. Aisha Shareef,
Deborah VanCleef, Kathleen Willman and Madeline Wilson

        


JANUARY 2023 EVENTS

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NWI Parkinson’s monthly Support Group Meetings

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ZOOM CLASSES WITH JULIE  

Join our Zoom Class with Nurse Julie Markowitz on Tuesday, January 17th, at 11:00 a.m..

 

TOPIC:

 

New Research: The Role Adenosine May Play in Parkinson’s

 

(This part below doesn’t change for ALL of our Zoom meetings.)

Join the Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752202437?pwd=d2RSN1BvcmhCamRYMWdLODRvcVE1QT09

Meeting ID: 375 220 2437
Passcode: 4p19Q3
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+13126266799,,3752202437#,,,,*554861# US (Chicago)
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Meeting ID: 375 220 2437
Passcode: 554861
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kqARtvSrI

To Join the Meeting, HIGHLIGHT THE BLUE LINE above and hit ENTER.

If that doesn’t work, COPY & PASTE that same line to your URL.
If that still doesn’t work, call us here at the office: 219-237-2342, or Don’s cell phone: 219-805-2009.
We will be watching the monitor to let you in.

 

OUR 2023 PEARLS OF WISDOM Lecture Series Starts January 19th.

(See below)

                                                                 

 
A SPECIAL NOTE CONCERNING THIS PEARLS OF WISDOM SEMINAR:
 
ALTHOUGH ABBOTT LABS IS SPONSORING THIS EVENT, WE WILL NOT BE TALKING ABOUT ANY
 
PARTICULAR PRODUCT, DRUG or MEDICAL DEVICE ASSOCIATED WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE.  THIS
 
WILL BE A NEW FORMAT FOR  US, AS WELL AS YOU, OUR GUESTS. THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO ASK
 
QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN TO BRING UP AT PREVIOUS SEMINARS, OR WERE
 
AFRAID TO ASK AT THE TIME.  TO ADDRESS THAT, YOU HAVE TWO DIFFERENT OPTIONS TO GET YOUR
 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED:

1: IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE SEMINAR, WRITE YOUR QUESTION DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER AND BRING IT WITH YOU THAT NIGHT.  IF YOU DON’T WANT TO PRESENT IT PERSONALLY, DROP IT IN OUR QUESTION BOX AT THE DOOR PRIOR TO THE SEMINAR. IT WILL THEN BE DRAWN, READ AND ANSWERED….or

 

2: IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND THE SEMINAR IN PERSON,  YOU CAN EMAIL ANY QUESTIONS TO US FOR THAT NIGHT. ALL QUESTIONS WILL BE READ AND ANSWERED TO THE BEST OF HIS KNOWLEDGE. WE WILL BE RECORDING THE SEMINAR AND WILL HAVE IT AVAILABLE ON A JUMP DRIVE TO VIEW.

 
 
 
 
 

 

If you were able to attend our Holiday Wellness Party on Friday, December 30th,

tell us what you thought about!!!

 

SAVE THE DATES:

Thursday, January 19th, 2023:

Our first Pearls of Wisdom Seminar with Dr. Leo Verhagen, MD, PhD.

Abbott Labs will be sponsoring the event.
Saturday, April 15th, 2023:
Annual Educational Symposium at the Lincoln Community Center
in Highland, Indiana

Friday, May 19th:
Our Annual Dinner Dance at Munster Theatre of the Arts
in Munster, Indiana

Friday, August 11th:
Our Annual Summer Wellness Party
in our Rear Parking Lot

with the musical group
“Father & Sons”
Thursday, November 2nd:
Our 18th Annual Dinner Style Show
at Avalon Manor in Merrillville, Indiana

Friday, December 29th:
Our Annual Holiday Wellness Party
in our Headquarters Building


NEW ACTIVITY ROOM CLASS SCHEDULE AS OF January 13, 2023

MONDAYS    10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

&

12:00 Noon to 1:00 P.M.
FULL BODY WORKOUT
with Bob Difiglio

11:15 to 11:45 p.m.

CARDIO DRUMMING
with Don Nagdeman

TUESDAYS    9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
CHAIR YOGA for PARKINSONS
with Joanne Sypudt

(Yoga Class at the Parkinson Building)

TUESDAYS   11:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
DISCUSSION GROUP
“Ask Nurse Julie” with Julie Markowitz RN

WEDNESDAYS   12:00 Noon—1:00 p.m.
DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S
with Louise Boyd

WEDNESDAYS 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
LSVT – BIG
with Kelsey Mulder

WEDNESDAYS   5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
KICK-BOXING  for PARKINSON’S

with Lori Plesha

THURSDAYS   9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
MAT YOGA for PARKINSON’S
with Joanne Sypudt

(Yoga Class at the Parkinson Building)

THURSDAYS  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m..

FULL BODY WORKOUT
with Bob Difiglio

YOGA AT METHODIST HOSPITAL
THURSDAYS   2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
YOGA for PARKINSON’S
with Jennifer Connelly

Broadway Methodist Hospital
303 E. 89th Ave., Merrillville, IN
Pavilion D


FRIDAYS  12:00 Noon—1:00 p.m.
DANCE FOR PARKINSON’S
with Louise Boyd

FRIDAYS  1:15 p.m.—2:15 p.m.
MACHINE CIRCUIT EXERCISE CLASS
(in the Activities’ Room Annex behind the Atrium)
with Elizabeth Woodbury

Note:
All classes are located in our main building Activities’ Room at 2927 Jewett Ave. Highland, IN
(unless otherwise indicated.)