CC Young Senior Living Hosts Educational Forum and Rock Steady Boxing Demonstration to Send a “One – Two” Message of Hope For Individuals Living with Parkinson’s

March 21, 2023 | Parkinson's

Senior Living Community Challenges Dallas to Become Number One City in the U.S. to Participate in Nationwide Research Study with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, CC Young Senior Living is hosting an educational forum and Rock Steady Boxing demonstration for its residents and the public to learn more about the disease and the latest resources available to help individuals with Parkinson’s live their best lives. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 12, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at The Point Auditorium on the CC Young campus.  CC Young is also participating in the Smell Test Challenge, a groundbreaking research effort led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The senior living community challenges its residents and their families, staff, and the City of Dallas to help become the number one city in the U.S. to participate in this study and help advance the understanding of why brain diseases affect people as they age.

The educational panel forum, scheduled on April 12 from 10 – 10:45 a.m., will feature Dallas-area experts, including Dr. Nirav Pavasia, Board Certified General Neurologist and Certified Movement Disorders Specialist, Neurology Consultants of Dallas; Leisha S. Phipps, MSW, Executive Director, Dallas Area Parkinson Society; Jeremy Morgan, Director, CC Young Rehab Therapy; and Jennifer Broadway, BSN, MS, RN, CHPN, CC Young Administrator and Rock Steady Boxing Certified Coach.

From 11– 11:30 a.m., Ms. Broadway will lead a boxing demonstration starring CC Young residents. CC Young community partners including Alzheimer’s Association – Dallas & Northeast Texas Chapter; Dallas Area Gerontological Society; and Dallas Area Parkinson Society will also be on-site to answer questions and share resources and educational materials. Smell Test Challenge kits, provided by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, will also be available for pick-up at CC Young. To register for this free event, please visit CCYoung.org/boxing or call 214-390-9561. Space is limited.

“For more than 100 years, CC Young has invested in our residents by evolving our services and program offerings to meet their daily living and health needs,” said Russell Crews, president and CEO.  “We currently have residents who are living with various stages of Parkinson’s disease. We made it our mission to offer on-campus programs at The Vista and The Point to help residents with balance and coordination, which are some of the effects that can often be frustrating for people living with the disease.”  

In addition to the weekly Parkinson’s-specific exercise classes, CC Young recently launched the Rock Steady Boxing program. Both residents and non-residents living with Parkinson’s participate in weekly non-contact boxing classes designed to help with agility, balance, eye-hand coordination, and speech. The classes also provide camaraderie and tremendous support among participants.

The senior living community has also introduced the Parkinson Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT!® program and The LOUD Crowd®, a weekly speech therapy and support and maintenance group to help residents sustain the strength of their voices and provide ongoing vocal practice, accountability, encouragement and education.

Crews added, “We are proud to be an advocate and host this important presentation for those living with Parkinson’s and for the individuals caring for loved ones with Parkinson’s. I want to thank our partners for helping us continue our mission of supporting older adults to live their best lives. Through programs like ours, and national research studies like the Smell Test Challenge, we are all making a difference in the lives of our residents and the Greater Dallas community.”

According to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, more than 6 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s today, and it is the second most common neurological disorder. In the United States alone, approximately 90,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year alone, and there is no known cure. 

About CC Young

For more than 100 years, CC Young has been serving senior adults. The community is nestled in the heart of East Dallas on a lush 20-acre campus across from White Rock Lake. CC Young is a forward-thinking, non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community with a long history of excellence. Known for stellar services, CC Young holds a 5-Star overall Quality Rating from the Centers of Medicare Services in skilled nursing care, home health and hospice. CC Young provides opportunities for Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Support, Long-Term Care, Respite Care, Short-Term Rehabilitation, Aquatics and Outpatient Therapy, and Hospice General Inpatient services. The Community Services Program offers Home Healthcare, Hospice, and Private Care Solutions on campus and is also licensed in 13 counties throughout north Texas. The Vista’s opening in 2020 launched a new era of healthcare for residents and surrounding community members. Coming later, The Terraces will be the newest Independent Living residence featuring views of White Rock Lake. Additionally, The Point & Pavilion, located in the heart of the campus, offers creative, educational, recreational, fitness and spiritual opportunities for residents and the public. To schedule a tour or learn more, call 214-258-4000 or visit www.ccyoung.org.

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