Jewish Home Family fights against Parkinson’s and covid
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Jewish Home Family fights against Parkinson’s and covid

A JHF head coach and his wife run a virtual class from one of the JHF boxing gyms. (Photos courtesy JHF)
A JHF head coach and his wife run a virtual class from one of the JHF boxing gyms. (Photos courtesy JHF)

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, it’s good to know there are people in your corner; people who are dedicated to learning more about the disease, and people who are dedicated to providing interventions to help slow the disease until a cure is found.

The Jewish Home Family has been fighting against Parkinson’s since 2016. The Jewish Home at Rockleigh and Jewish Home Assisted Living in River Vale still offer specialized treatment modalities one-on-one through their therapeutic recreation and rehabilitation programs to help people with Parkinson’s fight back against the effects of the disease. They combine the therapeutic modalities, Rock Steady Boxing, and Speak Out for a power-packed one-two punch to combat the disease. (The boxing program focuses on improving physical movement, while the Speak Out program focuses on improving verbal ability.)

A pre-covid in-person Rock Steady
Boxing session.

The recent battle with covid challenged the JHF’s ability to provide these programs to community members as the gyms were closed. As a result, the Jewish Home Family is extending an open invitation to the community to participate in their newly named “Wellness Boxing” program on Zoom with Tom Elliott, a certified RSB head coach. No boxing experience or equipment is needed. Elliot adds, “It’s a great opportunity to keep and make new social connections in a safe social space.”

Daily attendance in the boxing program fosters a great sense of camaraderie among the participants. The Speak Out program is offered through a telehealth format. For more information, email info@jewishhomefamily.org, call (201) 784-1414, or go to JewishHomeFamily.org.

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