Joellyn Fox, DPT, shares how support groups can be a valuable resource for both people living with Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones.
Throughout the Greater Philadelphia region, there are a variety of support groups for those impacted by Parkinson’s disease – including those who have been diagnosed, their loved ones and caretakers. Attending a support group focused on Parkinson’s disease is a great way to connect with others, build community and to learn.
Below are a few local specialty support groups listed on the Parkinson’s Council website:
- Specialty: Women’s Group
- Contact: Lori Katz,
- Specialty: Early Onset Women’s Support Group
- Contact: Gerrie Blavat,
- Specialty: Care partners Group
- Contact: Karen Jacobs, 215-829-7273
- Specialty: Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease Group
- Contact: Suzanne Reichwein,
- Specialty: Deep Brain Stimulation
- Contact: Josue Etienne,
- Specialty: Parkinson Plus Group
- Contact: Josue Etienne,
- Specialty: Empowered Seminar Series: Engaging Minorities with Parkinson’s Disease
- Contact: Yuliis Bell,
Support groups often invite expert speakers and therapeutic specialists to present on various topics - including the team at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center. Previous topics have included:
- Cognition and fatigue management
- Fall prevention tips
- Importance of staying loud in voice and safe in swallowing
- Management techniques of motor and non-motor symptoms
- The importance of posture
Our clinicians enjoy being able to go beyond the four walls of the therapy gym, bringing expertise outside of the clinic and into the community we serve.To learn more about Parkinson’s disease support groups, to visit The Parkinson Council website. To learn more about treatments available at out our outpatient locations and our expert clinicians, .
About the Therapist:
Joellyn Fox, DPT, is the Lead Therapist at Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital. She has been a practicing as a physical therapist for more than 10 years and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 2005. Joellyn specializes in the treatment of those with Parkinson’s disease and related movement disorders with certifications including: LSVT BIG, Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery, Allied Team Training in Parkinson’s and Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s. Joellyn has presented at many conferences throughout the country as well as given lectures at the following local universities: Drexel, Widener and Rowan University. She has also been involved in a Pilot Study of a Novel Technique, the Clover Test, for detection of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's disease and has presented this research in Montreal, Canada at the World Parkinson's Congress as well as the PPTA SED CSM.