Life Care Center of Elkhorn, Nebraska, hosted Dr. Becky Farley for a community-wide Parkinson’s educational event.
Farley is a physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson’s disease exercise expert. In 2003, she created LSVT BIG™, the first amplitude-focused physical and occupational therapy approach. Since then, she has developed PWR!Moves, a more flexible Parkinson’s-specific exercise approach that incorporates high-effort training of faster and larger functional movements. Backed by research, this new therapy approach features four movements that directly target and improve symptoms of Parkinson’s that interfere with everyday life.
Life Care Center of Elkhorn, along with the Life Care Centers of America corporate rehab team, invited Farley to train a portion of the company’s therapists specializing in Parkinson’s in her techniques, including PWR!Moves. Along with the Elkhorn team, therapists from Life Care Center of Omaha and Life Care Center of Andover were also present.
The weekend kicked off with Farley presenting a 90-minute educational session open to the public. This event brought in more than 120 people with Parkinson’s, their spouses and family members and other people who work with or are interested in Parkinson’s disease.
In addition to the education provided by Farley, the guests learned about the community-wide events that Life Care Center of Elkhorn provides. The facility hosts a monthly Parkinson’s support group addressing topics the members have expressed interest in. Associates bring in a variety of speakers to lead the discussion. The center’s therapists also lead a weekly Parkinson’s exercise class for the public at the local gym and Rock Steady Boxing classes for Parkinson’s two days a week at the facility.
“We were so pleased by the large turnout for this event,” said Cheri Prince, director of rehab at Life Care Center of Elkhorn. “We are always excited to be able to share great Parkinson’s education with the community and be able to provide the best care for those with Parkinson’s.”