Edmond J. Safra Parkinson's Wellness Program—NYC
The Fresco Institute is proud to support innovation in all aspect of clinical, community, and home care. In 2007, our groundbreaking, medical and community-based collaborative partnership program called the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program—NYC was founded with JCC Manhattan to help people impacted by Parkinson’s disease to improve their lives through exercise, support, education, and socialization.
The Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program—NYC provides exercise classes, support groups, and educational events that are designed to keep people with Parkinson’s disease—along with their families and friends—active, connected, and empowered. With a primary focus on dignity, hope, and possibility, this internationally recognized program has grown into a welcoming hub for the Parkinson’s disease community.
All exercise and integrative health classes, support groups, and events are led by experienced, specialized, Parkinson’s disease–trained staff at JCC Manhattan, a state-of-the-art community center on the Upper West Side. Our fitness trainers, support specialists, and program staff are leaders in the field of integrative Parkinson’s disease care.
Our social work team is proud to coordinate the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program—NYC in partnership with JCC Manhattan. An intake interview is required prior to class or support group participation.
For more information or to schedule an intake interview, please call our support and community services team at -501-9241 or email [email protected].
The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative
Through the generous support of the , the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson's Wellness Program—NYC is being adapted nationally in partnership with the National Parkinson Foundation as the .
Read about the launch of the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative in Boston and Washington, DC, as featured in the .
For more information about the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative, contact the or managing director, Amy C. Lemen, LCSW, at [email protected].
Exercise and Integrative Health Classes
The following fitness classes are designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease.
Alexander Technique for Parkinson's
Led by Morgan Rysdon
Chair Exercise—Balance and Strengthening for Parkinson's
Led by Linda Rose Iennaco
Nia: Movement and Music for Parkinson's
Led by Caroline Kohles
Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays
PD Moves: Rhythm + Movement for Parkinson's
Led by Pamela Quinn
Water Exercise for Parkinson's
Led by Zack Schares
Yoga for Parkinson's
Led by Whitney Chapman
An intake interview is required prior to class participation. For more information or to schedule an intake interview, please call our support and community services team at -501-9241 or email [email protected].
Community Support Groups
We offer professionally facilitated support groups in the community for those living with Parkinson's disease and those who love and care for them. Groups are guided by our Parkinson’s disease–trained social work team from the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders and the Pelisyonkis Silver School of Social Work in a supportive and relaxed environment.
Pelisyonkis Langone and JCC Manhattan Community Support Group for Individuals with Parkinson's
Geared specifically for individuals with mid-stage Parkinson's disease.
Pelisyonkis Langone and JCC Manhattan Parkinson's Care Partner Support Group
Geared specifically for those who care for a loved one with Parkinson's disease.
An intake interview is required for participation in all groups. For more information or to schedule an intake interview, contact our support and community services team at -501-9241 or email [email protected].
For our full schedule of classes, groups, and events, visit .
This program is made possible through the generous support of the and the .