Newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease patients and those who’ve been living with the condition can benefit from a relationship with someone who can help them understand their disease or simply someone to talk to about it.
The Norton Neuroscience Institute Parkinson’s Mentor Program pairs patients with doctoral candidates studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences.
As mentors for one another, patients and students have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships that are mutually educational as well as emotionally and physically beneficial for the patient. Based on clinical research, the program allows students and patients to work together to improve patients’ self-confidence and quality of life, as well as reduce social isolation.
For patients, mentor programs with students can expand their social circle. Students benefit from establishing relationships with Parkinson’s patients and become better acquainted with the realities of living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Norton Neuroscience Institute Parkinson’s Mentor Program is offered by Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, a part of Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Centers, in partnership with Bellarmine University School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. The program pairs students in the Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program with local patients with Parkinson’s disease for an educational relationship.
The program runs from September to April, and registration closes in August. If you would like to apply for the program after registration closes, please reach out to the contacts below. Participants meet two to three times per academic semester.
This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Activities can include going to the library, playing board games, taking walks, attending a Parkinson’s meeting or program, exercising, sharing a meal, and attending an art showing or music performance.
This is an educational program, and students are not permitted to provide treatment or medical advice.
Andrea LanhamProgram Coordinator, Parkinson’s SupportNorton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center – BrownsboroNorton Medical Plaza III – Brownsboro, Suite 4004915 Norton Healthcare Blvd.Louisville, KY email@example.com(502) 559-3221
Elizabeth Ulanowski, P.T., DPT, NCSAssociate ProfessorBellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy ProgramNolen C. Allen Hall, Room 3682120 Newburg RoadLouisville, KY firstname.lastname@example.org(502) 272-8354
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