FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP―CentraState Medical Center is offering a 12-week dance program for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) that will run from September 4 to November 25, 2019, Monday and Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m.

The free program is led by CentraState physical therapists who are specially trained in working with patients who have PD and similar diagnoses.

“We’ve gotten great feedback on this program from those who participated in the last session,” says Jennifer De Los Santos, PT, DPT, who teaches with fellow therapist Amy Ferentino, PTA. “Studies have shown that dance not only helps with the physical symptoms of the disease, but also elevates mood, reduces stress and increases social connections.”

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Parkinson's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder that is often accompanied by impaired balance and walking and reduced quality of life.

De Los Santos hopes to collect data from class participants as part of a research study. To be eligible, participants must be over the age of 18 and have been diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease or Parkinsonism, including but not limited to: Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Coricobasal Syndrome, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, drug-induced Parkinsonism or Vascular Parkinsonism.

For more information or to sign up for the program, contact the CentraState Outpatient Rehabilitation Department by calling 732-294-2700 (option 2).

 

ABOUT CENTRASTATE:

CentraState Healthcare System is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and four convenient satellite health pavilions. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of only 2 percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence three times. To learn more, visit centrastate.com.

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