Updated: Nov 12, 2020
Since March, we have been more isolated due to regulations and concerns for safety. Social isolation and loneliness is higher than ever for the entire population, but populations such as older adults have been affected even more. Our Dance for Parkinson’s classes have had to transition out of the classroom and onto the computer. Although the in-person interaction might be on hold, these classes are still offering social interaction.
Reconnecting with a community of people with similar struggles and victories have helped our Dance for Parkinson’s students and their families to combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. The Art Beat Foundation board has deep connections to the Parkinson’s community; we have seen loved ones diagnosed and have been caretakers, so we realize the importance of connection to a community that understands what you are going through. You are not alone.
One of our board members recalls her grandfather’s battle with Parkinson’s. “I remember seeing my grandfather during his Parkinson’s journey many years ago. I wish this Dance for Parkinson’s program would have been available to him and our family of caretakers. I know the benefits of movement for Parkinson’s patients and the countless studies that back it up. Between the movement and connections to other people, I have no doubt his quality of life would have improved.”
Please help us to continue to serve these groups that need us the most.