Moving Day NC Triangle — Local Impact

Making an Impact in North Carolina

Through your participation in Moving Day, you are providing resources and programs to your loved one with Parkinson’s. Your support helps the Parkinson’s Foundation fund:

Center of Excellence – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Center of Excellence – Duke University Medical Center

Free Resources

Moving Day NC Triangle helps provide free resources in your community:

  • Aware in Care hospitalization kits
  • Educational Books
  • Toll-free Helpline
  • Wellness Classes

Community Programs

Moving Day NC Triangle helps support existing programs and launch new ones to help people with Parkinson’s live life well. Click on a link below to find more information about the program.

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The Parkinson’s Players

This 8-week acting workshop will include 90 minutes of creative fun. Weekly sessions will include physical and vocal warm-ups, as well as theater games and activities focused on loudness, non-verbal communication, and range of motion. Participants will rehearse an individual piece of theater, such as a famous speech; monologue from theater, film or TV; poetry; or song, to be performed for friends and family at the end of the workshop. The performance will also include a group song and dance, which will be adapted to meet the physical needs of each participant, and an original piece of theater created collaboratively with other group members aimed at educating the community about the social and emotional aspects of living with Parkinson’s Disease.

How to sign up: Contact Heather Davis at Heather.Davis@unchealth.unc.edu

Dates: March – April 2019, exact dates TBD

Location: Rehearsal held at UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, 1807 Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Is this program free for participants? Yes

Contact: Heather Davis Heather.Davis@unchealth.unc.edu

Therapy Opportunities to Improve the Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Our 2018 Program will focus on Therapy Opportunities to Improve the Quality of Life for People with Parkinson’s Disease expanding our OP programs by training OT, PT and Speech Therapy staff in educational courses to benefit people with Parkinson’s Disease. We will also purchase equipment to enhance these programs such as a laser cane to improve safety with balance and mobility during gait training, an aquatic obstacle course to work with patients to develop skills for gait, balance and coordination, and equipment to work on functional activities of daily living.

How to sign up: Physician referral

Dates: Appointments may be scheduled Monday – Thursday between 7:30 AM-6:00 PM and Fridays from 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

Location: Nash Day Hospital Rehab Services 2460 Curtis Ellis Drive Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Is this program free for participants? No

Contact: Megan London, Megan.London@unchealth.unc.edu 


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Parkinson’s Movement Initiative
Parkinson’s Movement Initiative, a program founded in 2017 by American Dance Festival (ADF), NC Dance for Parkinson’s, and Poe Wellness Solutions, provides weekly movement opportunities that serve the Triangle PD community, with primary activities taking place in Durham, NC at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studio. With support from the Parkinson’s Foundation, all programming offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative is free for individuals living with PD and their caregivers.

How to sign up: Mindbody or drop-in

Dates: TBA

Location: ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios

Is this program free for participants? Yes

Contact: Caitlyn Swett, caitlyn@americandancefestival.org

Post-Therapy Exercise Program for the Parkinson’s Challengers Community
Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly will offer weekly exercise classes in 3 month intervals to post-physical therapy individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The program is targeted to people who can maintain dynamic sitting balance and/or walk independently with an assistive device or no device. Classes will be custom designed and led by trained physical therapists who are experienced in working with people who have Parkinson’s Disease. Classes will combine components of LSVT BIG, PWR! Moves, boxing, yoga, and Tai Chi.

How to sign up: Participants will have completed a course of physical therapy at Carolinas Rehabilitation-Mount Holly within 6 months prior to enrollment in the class and can enroll through their physical therapist.

Dates: Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00

Location: Hospital therapy gym

Is this program free for participants? Yes

Contact: Paitra Modlin, paitra.modlin@atriumhealthcare.org


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POE Women for PD (Partnering, Optimizing, Empowering Women for Parkinson’s Disease)
POE Women for PD provides Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching to women with Parkinson’s Disease. Clients receive a partner in learning to become the expert of their life and health choices. Poe Wellness Solutions partners with the client to define optimal health and empower the client for success. Our intention is to bring value to the participant’s treatment plan through one-on-one support, inquiry and accountability outside of the clinic, day-to-day, where living occurs.

How to sign up: Participants are referred to the program via either the Duke University Medical Center or UNC Hospital, both Parkinson’s Foundation Centers of Excellence.

Dates: Program session date and time are based on the availability of the individual Participant and Health Coach.

Location: Sessions occur via phone.

Is this program free for participants? Yes

Contact: Meg Poe, meg@poewellnesssolutions.com

Poised for Action!” Group classes in Alexander technique to improve functional mobility
“Poised for Action” is an eight-week program for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PlwPD) and their care partners. It offers a supportive group setting for PlwPD to learn strategies to better manage motor and non-motor symptoms in their daily lives.

How to sign up: Contact Monika Gross. Email: info@thepoiseproject.org Phone: 828-254-3120

Dates: Dates & Times TBA

Location: Greensboro, Charlotte, and one other location TBA

Is this program free for participants? Yes

Contact: Monika Gross, monika.gross@thepoiseproject.org


For more information on how to help, get involved or to learn more about programs and services in North Carolina, please call the Parkinson’s Foundation at 919-241-8888 or dparrish@parkinson.org.

Community grants are made possible through the efforts of Moving Day, the Parkinson’s Foundation and the support of our local community.

123 events in the first seven years, more than 116,000 participants, and nearly $17M raised.