Parkinson Support Center Music and Wellness Group

In May, the Humana Foundation Awarded $2+ Million to Louisville Nonprofits through the company’s Community Relations Program and the Parkinson Support Center is fortunate to be one of the many grant recipients. The grant to PSCKY will support the Parkinson’s Arts, Culture, and Education Initiative (PACE) to reduce isolation and loneliness among the PD population. Through this initiative Parkinson’s constituents are afforded the opportunity to participate in symptom management activities, build community advocates within the medical school, and create social support groups while gaining the confidence to accept and share their experiences of living with Parkinson’s disease.

Phase 1 Social Arts Initiative
Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop and Music Therapy will provide:

  1. Positive social/emotional impact on isolation and loneliness that accompanies PD
  2. Increase self-esteem
  3. Strengthens memory, motor and language skills loss or fatigued due to PD


Jenny Branson, MS, MT-BC, is an experienced clinician and educator with a passion for advocacy, the potential of every person, and interdisciplinary collaboration. She works with other allied health care providers to increase awareness and understanding of music therapy, ensure quality music therapy intervention to improve clinical outcomes, and translate research findings into clinically effective programming in the real world. Through her private practice, Jenny provides individual and group music therapy intervention to help address the symptoms and issues associated with brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Partnering with PSCKY, she will provide weekly group music therapy intervention for members of the Parkinson’s community.

Session will last 45 minutes and will be designed to help participants’.

  • Vocal projection and breath support through structured warm-up, singing, and vocal exercises
  • Upper body and facial stiffness through gentle seated movement supported by music
  • Upper body movement and coordination through active music making (e.g. drumming, chimes, etc.)
  • Social and emotional needs through group music making and discussion
  • Choice and autonomy through individualized music option
  • Cognitive needs such as attention and alertness through music making, improvisation, songwriting, reminiscing, and group decision-making

***No previous music making experience or skill required to participate in these weekly, drop-in sessions.***

Music therapy intervention can be effective for persons at all stages and ages.

Location: Parkinson Center 315 Townepark Cir Suite 100, 40243
Date: Wednesday at 6 PM Beginning July 10th

Please RSVP one day in advance to allow for planning and equipment for each participant.

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