T.C. Cowles is using his passion to provide a holistic approach in healthcare as he launches a supportive care program as Program Manager of the new Neuroscience Supportive Care Program at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center.
Cowles, formerly a charge nurse at St. Joseph’s Health Center in St. Louis, Missouri recently joined Stanford to create a program that provides free classes, workshops, fitness classes, services, and support to neuroscience patients, regardless of where they receive care. Patients and their caregivers/family members with diseases such as MS, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are invited to register for classes free of charge.
The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program
The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program offers over 20 different services including 4 exercise classes, 3 classes and workshops, a monthly Pharmacy patient education series, and information regarding 12 affiliated Bay Area support groups at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center.
Classes Specifically for Parkinson’s disease
Currently, classes specifically for Parkinson’s disease include Dance for Parkinson’s, and a Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) boxing class. People with PD are also welcome in yoga, belly dancing for balance, Write Mind, an expressive writing workshop, and Spinefulness, a class that teaches keen body awareness and corrections to relieve joint and back pain. A monthly patient educational series presented by the pharmacists at Stanford Neuroscience is also part of the program. In July, a Spanish speaking Parkinson’s disease support group will be added to the program.
Dance for Parkinson’s
The classes are taught by top instructors, such as Damara Vita Ganley, instructor for the Dance for Parkinson’s class. Ganley, a professional dancer with SF based Joe Goode Performance Group, began teaching Dance for Parkinson’s in 2008, and she has facilitated a weekly class at The Parkinson’s Institute as well programs in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Santa Cruz.
Classes are based on the innovative and internationally renowned Dance for PD® program designed by the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group. Using this method, professional dancers draw on their unique expertise and artistic experience to support people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to engage sight, sound, touch, thought, and imagination to inspire movement, expression and community.
Ganley recently received a grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation for Dance for Parkinson’s. The class, co-taught with Becca Dean, dancer with Bandaloop, is a joyous occasion for people with Parkinson’s disease to move with confidence, power and grace, to use the words of Dave Iverson, whose film Capturing Grace, tells the story of the Mark Morris Dance Group’s work with people who have PD.
Classes are taught in the new Wellness room on the first floor of the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center. The current class includes men and women and easily accommodates a wide range of people with Parkinson’s disease. The class and the entire program are unique opportunities for well-being in the Parkinson’s community.
Walk-ins are welcome for Dance for Parkinson’s, yoga and belly dancing. The PWR class and the Spinefulness class are registration only as patients need to be screened prior to signing up.
All classes for PD at the Neuroscience Supportive Care Program are located in the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, 213 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA. Easy parking is available at the Hoover Garage, next to the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center. The first hour of parking in the garage is free. A small fee is applied each additional hour. For more information or to register for a class, call 650-721-8500.
Dance for Parkinson’s
Every Friday, 12:30pm–1:45pm
PWR! Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery
Every Thursday starting June 23, 1:30pm–2:30pm
Every Wednesday and Friday starting June 29, 10:45am–11:30am
PHARMACY PATIENT EDUCATION SERIES presented by the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center Pharmacists
Stepping up to the Plate: Tools for Preventing Falls in Those at Risk
July 12, 1:30pm–2:30pm
Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids!
August 9, 1:30pm–2:30pm
About Parkinson’s Women Support: The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are Parkinson’s disease patients. Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen