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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  Communication 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.” 

Elizabeth’s Boutique now has additional space across the atrium upstairs  on the 2nd Floor, which also became the new Social Room when there isn’t a Trunk Show. There is also a new game room, with a ping pong table, next to it.   Come visit the remodeled boutique, as well as the atrium walkway, the new Social Room, new
Ping-Pong Room, the brand new Reiki Room and Elizabeth’s new office!
And, as of this writing, there are plans in the works to install a 3 person lift in the northwest corner of the building.  In order to accomplish that, we had to move the west wall of the kitchen 6″ to the east to make room for the “ELEVATOR”  housing. Thanks to members of our Parkinson family, we had the kitchen remodeled to make room for the housing.  Stop in and see our “new” kitchen!


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:

 2023 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, Dr. Jennifer Pallone, Sandra Qualls, Dr. Aisha Shareef,
Deborah VanCleef, Kathleen Willman and Madeline Wilson

        

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ZOOM CLASSES WITH JULIE  

Join our Zoom Class with Nurse Julie Markowitz every other Tuesday at 11:00 A.M..

 

TUESDAY, June 4th

TOPIC:

Stem Cell Therapy

and

Parkinson’s

TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION ENTER THE BLUE LINE BELOW ON YOUR URL AND PRESS ENTER

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Meeting ID: 864 7843 1940
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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.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

SAVE THE DATES:

Friday, June 28th

A fun night is being planned at a RailCats Baseball Game….

A 55 PASSENGER BUS HAS BEEN CHARTERED TO TAKE US TO AND FROM THE BALLPARK THAT EVENING. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TAKING THE BUS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE OR CALL ANNA DIRECTLY. THE SEATS ARE AVAILABLE ON A 1ST COME-1ST SERVE BASIS.


NEW ACTIVITY ROOM CLASS SCHEDULE AS OF February 8, 2024

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

EVERY OTHER TUESDAY   
11:00 A.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 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
CARDIO DRUMMING
with Don Nagdeman

THURSDAYS 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
FULL BODY WORKOUT

with Bob Difiglio

THURSDAYS   12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.
MAT YOGA for PARKINSON’S
with Joanne Sypudt

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

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