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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 and Full-Body Workouts.  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.

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.” 


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:
Carole Bezat, Andrea Dance, Patricia Donaldson, Helen Garrison,
 Julie Markowitz, Derek Morrison, Evelyn Morrison,
Dr. Jennifer Pallone, Sandra Qualls, Dr. Aisha Shareef,
Deborah VanCleef, Kathleen Willman and Madeline Wilson

        

MAY EVENTS

2022

TUESDAY, MAY 24th

Discussion Group with Julie Markowitz, is cancelled.

 

Join our Zoom Meeting at a new time 11:00 A.M., next Tuesday, the 24th.

TOPIC:

Myths about Parkinsons Disease

(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
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,3752202437#,,,,*554861# US (Chicago)
Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

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.

 


We are thinking about expanding at least one of our classes into Valparaiso.

(Watch this sight for further information!)

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

IF YOU MADE IT TO THE DINNER DANCE, LET US KNOW HOW WE DID!

SAVE the DATES:

 

Thursday, June 23rd

PEARLS OF WISDOM SEMINAR
with
Acorda Pharmaceuticals
(Watch this site for more info.)

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022
SUMMER WELLNESS PARTY
IN OUR REAR PARKING LOT!
(MORE INFO TO COME.)


NEW ACTIVITY ROOM CLASS SCHEDULE AS OF MAY 1ST

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    11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
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 Parkinsons
with Louise Boyd

WEDNESDAYS   5:30 p.m.—6:30 p.m.
Kick-Boxing for Parkinsons

with Lori Plesha

THURSDAYS   9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Yoga for Parkinsons
with Joanne Sypudt

(Yoga Class at the Parkinson Building)

THURSDAYS  11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Full Body Workout
with Bob Difiglio

 

YOGA AT METHODIST HOSPITAL
THURSDAYS   2:30 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
Yoga for Parkinsons
with Jennifer Connelly

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


FRIDAYS  12:00 Noon—1:00 p.m.
Dance for Parkinsons
with Louise Boyd

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