What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement and oftentimes cognition. Treatments are available to help relieve symptoms, but there is no cure.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder, falling just after Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated seven to 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s disease.

While that statistic is staggering, we know that hope is crucial in the battle when living with Parkinson’s or caring for someone who is. That’s why we have made an effort to better support our own residents living with the disease and offer resources and opportunities of connection to those in our larger community.

What is Goddard House doing to support those with Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s in Motion @ Goddard House is an innovative new Parkinson’s program, open to the public and free for older adults living with Parkinson’s, their family members and caregivers.

Funded in part by a grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the program was designed with the help of local community-based organizations and medical institutions. Holistic in design, the Goddard House Parkinson’s Program helps those living with Parkinson’s, as well as their families and caregivers, to better manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease through mental health support, educational seminars, and by providing movement and expressive therapies.

Supported, in part, by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation

Here are some programs we are able to offer at Goddard House at no cost to the greater Parkinson’s community:

Parkinson’s Classroom Support Group

Meets First Wednesday of Every Month | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm on Zoom
Facilitated by a licensed healthcare professional, and co-sponsored by Right at Home Boston Metro West, this monthly support group features educational topics, expert guest speakers, and the opportunity to connect with others. For information on how to join, email Bob DePeron at Bob@rahbostonmetro.com

Check out our flyer for more information

Movement & Expressive Therapies

Movement therapy classes can remarkably beneficial to those living with Parkinson’s disease and so we offer regular workshops featuring a broad range of Eastern and Western movement approaches, including Tai Chi, dance and more! All programs can be modified for varying levels of ability and cognition. For info on how to get involved, email Erica Curcio at ecurcio@goddardhouse.org

Professional Speakers Series

We offer regular lectures and presentations over Zoom where guests can hear from experts in the Parkinson’s field. We’ve already had the honor of hearing from notable speakers like ESPN Founder Bill Rasmussen and Berklee College of Music Professor Kathleen Howland. Check out our upcoming events page to see who our next speaker is!

Fundraisers & Events

We host and sponsor fundraisers & events to bring awareness to Parkinson’s disease and support organizations like the Parkinson’s Foundation and current research. Read about our fundraiser this past October in the Brookline TAB.

Training for associates

Our staff goes through specialized training to help aid in the care of people with cognitive conditions, including Parkinson’s.

Meet our rockstar team of associates!

Additional Parkinson’s Resources