ZoeLife Parkinson's Immersion Program (PIP)

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

  • Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder, the second most common behind Alzheimer’s disease.
  • An estimated 1.3 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed by 2030.
  • Parkinson’s is not fatal but may cause serious side-effects.
  • There is no cure for Parkinson’s. Treatment aims to slow progression.
  • 96 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s are age 50 and older.
  • Parkinson’s disease is caused by genetic and environmental factors.
  • There are five stages of Parkinson’s, each progressively more debilitating.
  • Parkinson’s affects an individual’s gait and balance, along with a range of motor and non-motor symptoms. Patients have varying levels of ability. Motor (movement) symptoms include slowness of movement(bradykinesia), difficulty walking or moving, dizziness/fainting, drooling, stiffness, stooped posture, reduced facial expressions (facial masking), imbalance, tremors, cramped toes/feet (dystonia), and involuntary movements (dyskinesia).
  • Non-motor symptoms include impaired smell, cognitive challenges, sleep disorder, constipation, sweating, bladder symptoms, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, pain, tingling, lightheadedness, anxiety, isolation, and depression.

What is the Parkinson’s Immersion Program (P.I.P.)?

  • The ZoeLife Parkinson’s Immersion Program (PIP) is a holistic rehabilitation and prevention program designed to improve the safety and quality of life for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
  • PIP is offered at the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging in Glendale, Ariz.
  • PIP participants improve balance, strength, speech, flexibility, motor skills, and minimize rigidity, stiffness, and pain. They experience less depression.
  • A ZoeLife team of therapists, dieticians, counselors, exercise physiologists, and program administrators work together with patients’ doctors to develop tailored programs to meet individual goals and potential.
  • PIP applies a ZoeLife approach to fall prevention.
  • Activities include golf, virtual reality boxing, swimming, art, yoga, dance, and nutrition counseling, among other engaging activities.
  • PIP participants are immersed as a group in a comprehensive program of activities designed to improve motor and non-motor challenges and slow disease progression.
  • PIP participants enjoy participating in highly social activities with their “tribe,” sharing common experiences, motivating and encouraging one another throughout their journey together.
  • Activity schedules are developed around medication schedules to create the best experience and outcomes for PIP participants.
  • Caregivers may join in activities and a weekly PIP caregiver support group.

More About ZoeLife

  • ZoeLife was founded in 2019 at the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging (CFMA).
  • The Glencroft Center for Modern Aging serves as the ZoeLife headquarters.
  • ZoeLife is a culture of successful aging practices centered around a holistic approach to the wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit.
  • Zoe is a biblical word with Greek origin meaning “life” or “vitality.”
  • ZoeLife focuses on six pillars of wellbeing: spiritual, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and vocational.
  • Residents of ZoeLife senior living communities are provided with opportunities to maximize their quality of life by embracing ZoeLife at no additional cost.
  • ZoeLife activities are encouraged but optional. Residents choose what they want to participate in and how often.
  • Senior care facilities and continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) are encouraged to integrate ZoeLife at their facilities.
  • For more information, contact Vice President, Director of ZoeLife Operations Steve Heller, (623) 847-3120, sheller@glencroft.com or info@glencroft.com.