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.”
*As of June 15th, 2022, Elizabeth’s Boutique has moved upstairs to the 2nd Floor!
Come visit the new location!
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, Derek Morrison, Evelyn Morrison,
Dr. Jennifer Pallone, Sandra Qualls, Dr. Aisha Shareef,
Deborah VanCleef, Kathleen Willman and Madeline Wilson
JANUARY 2023 EVENTS
NWI Parkinson’s monthly Support Group Meetings
ZOOM CLASSES WITH JULIE
Join our Zoom Class with Nurse Julie Markowitz on Tuesday, January 17th, at 11:00 a.m..
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:
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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.
OUR 2023 PEARLS OF WISDOM Lecture Series Starts January 19th.
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