Guest Blogger: Erica Hornthal on Parkinson’s and Move It!

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A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from Erica asking me if I’d be willing to post about an upcoming fundraiser that benefits some of the clients she works with.  Instead of me posting, I asked her if she’d like to write a guest blot post.  I was honored that Erica reached out to me because this is what my blog is about- sharing events, ideas, and starting a conversation about all things dance/movement therapy (DMT).  Like me, Erica graduated from Columbia College Chicago’s DMT program.  Since graduating she has worked in adult day centers, senior centers, and long-term care facilities across Chicagoland.  Most impressively, Erica is the founder and President of North Shore Dance Therapy, a business dedicated to providing holistic counseling and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families and groups who have been touched by movement disorders and various dementia.  She is also the creator of MOVE IT!.   As a movement therapist, Erica says she, “uses body movement everyday with her clients to provide the means of assessment and the mode of intervention in therapy.”  Below are her words.

April is Parkinson’s awareness month. Now, more than ever it is so important to bring awareness to this disease. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative brain disorder, behind Alzheimer’s disease. According to the National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF), “in the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition.” NPF believes that every person diagnosed with Parkinson’s deserves the best care and treatment no matter who they are or where they live. It is vitally important to find alternative ways for people with PD to cope as well as maintain a quality of life. This is one reason why there are more and more programs across the country and the world that are bringing the power of dance to the Parkinson’s community.

North Shore Dance Therapy, Inc. is organizing the 3rd annual fundraiser, MOVE IT! (formerly Dance for Dementia), benefiting Moving Day® Chicago hosted by the National Parkinson Foundation. MOVE IT! will take place Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 2:00pm-5:00pm at Westminster Place in Evanston, IL. MOVE IT! is a social event and fundraiser focused on bringing together professionals, individuals and families affected by Parkinson’s disease, other movement disorders, and dementias. The goal of this event is to foster expression, communication, and awareness in regard to movement and cognitive disorders in the greater Chicago community through movement and music. All proceeds will go to the National Parkinson Foundation. This event will include live music by Chicago Grandstand, wellness resources, movement demonstrations, raffle prizes, snacks, and refreshments.

Movement is universal and body language is the earliest form of communication we have. From the moment we are born we are sending messages through the body to convey our needs and wants. This need to communicate never goes away. MOVE IT! is about bringing the benefits of dance therapy to the community and opening the lines of communication through the use of creative arts therapies.

For additional information or to register please call North Shore Dance Therapy, Inc. at 847-848-0697 or visit http://www.parkinson.org/moveit.

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About emilyadannunzio

Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist. Movement Analyst (GL-CMA). Researcher. Dancer. Bartender. Detroit, MI.
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