Parkinson Cafe members see firsthand how state-of-the-art theatre set changes are done during an Asolo Repertory Theatre back-stage tour. During a catered lunch, equity actress Carolyn Michel read excerpts of an entertaining play.
As part of the Cafe’s Cultural Arts Series, people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners enjoy a back-stage tour of the Sarasota Ballet. Ballet representatives educate the group about the Sarasota Ballet’s accomplishments and plans. A docent shows the group where the costumes and sets are made, the dancers rehearse and other behind-the-scenes rooms. At noon the group participates in a PD in Motion class at the Sarasota Ballet’s Lemon Street studio. This innovative program was developed in collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, NY Dance for PD program in partnership with The Sarasota Ballet and the Sarasota Manatee Dance Alliance.
The Cafe organizes a visit to the Asolo Repertory Theatre. After getting to know each other, the group went back-stage and learned about what happens behind the scenes at an equity theatre company. After a catered lunch, Carolyn Michel shared her personal experiences as an equity actress.
Parkinson Cafe members receive a docent-led tour of the Ringling Art Museum, which hosts the largest Baroque art exhibit outside of New York City. After lunch at the Banyon Cafe, the group shared stories on the Ringling mansion terrace.
The Highlands of Pittsford begins hosting the Parkinson Cafe on the third Thursday of each month October through April. Each event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a different facilitator each hour.
Lynn B. Schramek creates the Parkinson Cafe to provide social, cultural and intellectual interaction for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.
When my husband Brad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease we started recreating our lives and finding activities that we ‘can do.’ Less became more. Stress-free became a major goal. I decided to create a new program that met Brad’s needs. That’s how the Parkinson Cafe concept was born.
Monthly events running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. take place at three locations in upstate New York. Art, music and dance therapists provide stimulating interactive programming at Lifetime Care on the first Wednesday, at Home Care of Rochester on the second Thursday and at the Pittsford Library on the third Thursday October 2009 through April 2010.