Making a Difference in Parkinson’s Disease
Learn about our passionate team,
and how you can help!
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.”
*Starting April 14, 2023, Elizabeth’s Boutique will have additional space across the atrium upstairs on the 2nd Floor! There will also be a new game room, with a ping pong table, next to it. Come visit the remodeled area!
Our amazing team of
volunteers is committed
to helping others.
Think you would be a good fit?
Contact us: 219-237-2342
Our services are offered free
of charge to Parkinson
patients, thanks to all the
helping hands of this
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:
Chairman – Elizabeth Woodbury
1st Vice-Chairman – Donald Nagdeman
2nd Vice-Chairman – Dr. Daniel Dunn
Secretary – Lori Plesha
Treasurer – Thomas Woodbury
Andrea Dance, Helen Garrison,
Julie Markowitz, Dr. Jennifer Pallone, Sandra Qualls, Dr. Aisha Shareef,
Deborah VanCleef, Kathleen Willman and Madeline Wilson
MAY 2023 EVENTS
NWI Parkinson’s monthly Support Group Meetings
ZOOM CLASSES WITH JULIE
Join our Zoom Class with Nurse Julie Markowitz on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 11:00 a.m.
(This part below doesn’t change for ALL of our Zoom meetings.)
Join the Zoom Meeting:
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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.28April
OUR NEXT 2023 PEARLS OF WISDOM
lecture is on Thursday, June 22nd.
IF YOU HAVEN’T FOR BOUGHT A TICKET FOR OUR
6TH ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
ON MAY 19TH TO BE HELD AT
THE CENTER FOR VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS IN MUNSTER,
PLEASE CALL 219-237-2342,
OR STOP BY THE OFFICE AT 2927 JEWETT AVENUE IN HIGHLAND.
SAVE THE DATES:
Friday, May 19th:
Our Annual Dinner Dance at Munster Theatre of the Arts
in Munster, Indiana.
(featuring local vibraphonist, Di’ Kobie Berry, playing during Dinner & the UPTOWN DANCE BAND
playing great dancing music from 8:30 until they close us down!)
(We also have a special guest surprise planned!)
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