Grossman donates to Valley of the Sun JCC Parkinson’s program

Philanthropist Jean Grossman (Submitted photo)

Local philanthropist Jean Grossman recently made a naming gift to the Valley of the Sun JCC Parkinson’s program.

According to a press release, noting her personal connection to those who suffer with Parkinson’s disease, the new name is “The Harold and Jean Grossman Parkinson’s Program at The J.”

“To see an already successful initiative expand to offer additional classes and resources is truly an honor and I am grateful to be able to help advance the expansion of this important community endeavor,” said Mrs. Grossman in a prepared statement.

The J’s Parkinson’s program began in 2016 when personal trainer Lynn Staub wanted to create a program for the growing number of her clients who suffered with Parkinson’s, the release noted.

“In training members who have Parkinson’s, I was seeing that there was nowhere for them to go after physical therapy,” Ms. Staub said in a prepared statement. “I thought there should be some type of fitness program for them to progress in therapy in a comfortable environment with other people with Parkinson’s.”

Ms. Staub became certified in PWR!MovesTM (Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery) with Becky Farley, Ph.D., M.S., P.T. who developed the exercise program used in hospitals and by physical therapists working with PD patients, the release detailed.

Now, The J’s Parkinson’s program includes PWR!Moves1 and 2, Parkinson’s Boxing, Parkinson’s Cycle, support groups and special wellness and education days for those suffering with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

Several of the programs are offered in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, the release added.

“We look forward to expanding our Parkinson’s program with more classes and new offerings. Mrs. Grossman’s generosity will help make it possible,” said J CEO Jay Jacobs in a prepared statement. “We are grateful for her giving spirit and the difference she will make in the lives of our members and guests who suffer with PD.”

In addition to adding classes to the schedule, The J plans to offer Parkinson’s-related nutrition classes in its new, state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.

“My heart is full knowing that The Harold and Jean Grossman Parkinson’s Program at The J will help those suffering with Parkinson’s, now and in the future,” Mrs. Grossman said. “It is my hope that this program will offer help and make a difference to all who participate and that others will be encouraged to give to this and other important J programs.”

For more information about The Harold and Jean Grossman Parkinson’s Program at The J, visit vosjcc.org/parkinsonsatthej.

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