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Mary’s Message: Improving the Quality of Life for Those with Parkinson’s Disease

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,

At Kensington Park, our mission is to improve and preserve the quality of life for every resident – including those that live with Parkinson’s disease. During the month of April (and always) we take the time to recognize Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and how we can improve the quality of life for those impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

Since 2015, Kensington Park has enjoyed a great relationship with the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA). Through this association, Kensington Park offers a Communication Club, which focuses on the maintenance of communication skills; Musical Choir, which enhances projection through breath support while singing familiar tunes; and Boxing for Parkinson’s, which helps improve balance, cardio, coordination and strength. These programs are led by certified professionals in the areas of speech therapy, music therapy, and physical therapy who have undergone specialized training to specifically address the effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Did you know that the American Parkinson Disease Association also recognizes music therapy as a valid and potentially powerful mode of treatment for people with Parkinson’s? Studies show that music therapy can even stimulate increased organization of movement, greater speech clarity and breath support, and relief from depression and anxiety. Kensington Park’s very own Melissa Pate, MT, is a licensed neurological music therapist that specializes in music interventions for speech and motor rehabilitation in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

Awareness and education go a long way in supporting those affected by Parkinson’s
disease, and Kensington Park is committed to offering the community and resources
to support!

I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring air and warmer days ahead. For those who
celebrate, have a happy and healthy Passover and Easter!