We at NWI Parkinsons recognize the danger that this virus represents to our Parkinson's Community. For the safety and well being of everyone we see, we are placing certain precautions and requirements to our classes. Please read carefully, so you'll be prepared and know what to expect when you come to class.
We will be requiring all participants to sign a Covid-19 liability waiver. Our classes will be participate at your own risk. However we are trying to create as safe of an environment as possible to minimize exposure risk.
Temperature - when you arrive we will be taking your temperature with a no contact infrared thermometer
Social Distancing - we are asking that social distancing be maintained at our facility and will help to facilitate this by placing markers or chairs at appropriate distances for each participant.
Masks/Face Coverings - due to the high risk clientele that we serve, we are making it mandatory for all participants to wear masks or some type of face covering. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.
Cleaning of equipment - All equipment must be wiped down between participant use.
Hand Washing - We ask that all participants wash their hands before and after class.
Skill Stations - In order to minimize risk of exposure, participants will stay at one seat in the activity room instead of rotating through skill stations. Skills done in class will be utilizing items that can either be sanitized easily and passed along, or will be items for individual use that will be placed in a container with that participants name on it to be used in following weeks of class.
This class is based on researched activities shown to challenge your mental acuity, sharpen your fine motor skills and improve your coordination. Parkinson's Disease can cause a lack of fine motor control leading to dexterity issues and coordination problems as well as Micrographia (small handwriting), and practical issues such as problems dressing or feeding oneself. It can also lead to slower reaction and movement times which can impact the persons ability to carry out certain activities safely e.g. use of machinery or the ability to drive can be affected. This can be such a gradual change that you may not notice it at first until it becomes severe and stops you from being able to do certain activities all together. This class is designed to help maintain and improve your skills before you get to that point. In addition to working on fine motor skills and mental acuity, this class functions as a support group, giving participants an opportunity to vent about what they are going through because of Parkinson's Disease and share advice with each other on how to deal with those problems as well as get input from a Registered Nurse with a background in Neurology.
Julie has been as registered nurse for 28 years. She has worked most of her career in the inpatient hospital setting. Her areas of practice have included renal, urology, home health, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, neuro ICU, and intensive care. She has been in charge nurse roles and is a former patient care manager of orthopedics and neurology at a local hospital. She is now our nurse educator and web director.
NWI Parkinson's building activities room.
This class/support group is held on Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Expect to have an hour of fun doing various activities that will make you think, use your hands and help your coordination. This class includes arts and crafts, games, mental exercises, and more!
This class is mostly done sitting. We do some craft activities that require you to exercise your thinking skills as well as your dexterity. We also do timed skill stations to work your hands, hand-eye coordination and your mind. We often to puzzles, sometimes as a group if they are more difficult, and memory games. We have done some work on our feet working on balance and gait. We have even exercised our hands by decorating cupcakes! So expect a variety of activities with lots of laughs and a great group of people.
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