NYIT Smither's Center x Friedberg JCC

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2022 Parkinson's Unity Walk

2022 Parkinson's Unity Walk

NYIT Smither's Center x Friedberg JCC

Join/support our team’s efforts!

Our team is participating in the Parkinson’s Unity Walk to help raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s disease research.

We have formed this team because more than one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s disease. The cause is unknown and while treatment options help to manage symptoms, currently there is no cure. Every walker and donor will bring the Parkinson's community one step closer to finding the cause of and cure for Parkinson’s disease.


The Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center offers an innovative, comprehensive treatment program that empowers and improves the wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s disease. The Smithers Center strives to identify and evaluate a patient’s physical limitations in the following areas: gait, coordination of movement, posture, falls, bradykinesia, rigidity, muscular weakness, and aerobic/cardiovascular conditioning. The program is part of our Academic HealthCare Center, an active, ambulatory health care teaching institution at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, N.Y. A progressive collaboration among physicians, health professionals, and neuroscientists, the center works to alleviate the physical limitations and debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s patients. In addition to working closely with a Smither’s Center physician, each patient has one-to-one interaction with one or more Smither’s Center therapists (occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech therapist, or psychologist). Depending on the needs of the patient, weekly sessions may include occupational, physical, speech therapy, and psychology services; exercise (wellness programs such as rock steady boxing and tai chi); and/or osteopathic manipulation. This unique regimen has been shown to improve a patient’s physical capabilities and reduce the disabling symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Housed in the Smither's Center is the Nassau County Information and Referral Center of the American Parkinson Disease Association providing Advocacy, Support Groups, Education, and Outreach. The Smither’s Center also conducts many clinical research trials which contribute to the ongoing studies for the best management and therapies for Parkinson’s Disease in physical, occupational, and speech therapy, as well as psychological counseling and osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). Research foundations such as the Michael J. Fox Foundation and National Institutes of Health have and continue to provide grants and funding for the center’s research.

The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC:

The Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC is the south shore of Long Island's hub for all your wellness and social service needs. We are committed to serving all adults affected by Parkinson's Disease and their families by offering a variety of exercise classes, social programs, individual and group support with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and educational webinars. Our mission is to support individuals as they navigate their Parkinson's journey while providing a nurturing environment for families to share information and provide emotional support. We strive to help our PD community live their best, fullest life in the spirit of overall wellness and health.

Please join our team or make a donation. 100% of donations go to research.

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