Your support and contributions will enable us to provide free education, referral, wellness, & support to people with Parkinson's and their Care Partners in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.
Throughout all the phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson's Association has been here to educate, support, and keep everyone moving with everyone's health and safety in mind.
New variants of the COVID-19 virus have brought different challenges. As 2021 comes to a close, many hospitals and healthcare staff are feeling the heavy burden of the Omicron variant. Routine procedures have been canceled, hospital staff are working long shifts, sometimes ill themselves, and short-staffed. As an Association that is health-focused, our programs will remain virtual/online through January and February. We feel the best way to support our healthcare system and workers is to limit in-person programs.
We also realize that virtual/online is not ideal for everyone. The socialization aspect is very important, especially for people with PD. However, until more Iowans are fully vaccinated and boosted, we believe in-person would only add to the strain that all of our frontline workers are facing. We will reassess the situation in February and hope to return to in-person programs in March 2022.
The Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson's Association cannot require all participants to be fully vaccinated for in-person programs. However, we strongly recommend that everyone who can get the vaccine is vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines have now been available for almost a year and have proven to be the best protection against hospitalization, severe illness, and death due to COVID-19. Viruses such as COVID-19 can continue to produce variants in an unvaccinated public. Along with Parkinson's Disease, many of our participants and/or their caregivers have other health issues such as diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, and others which put them at high risk of COVID complications and even death. Please think of others when making vaccine decisions. As our Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson's Association motto states, "TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER".
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The Cedar Rapids Parkinson's Support Group was started in 2006 by a group of volunteers who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease to connect and support one another. The group has grown over the years, adding exercise and wellness programs. In 2017, the Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson's Association was founded as a non-profit 501c3.
Providing free education, referral, wellness, & support to People With Parkinson's and their Care Partners in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.
We are stronger together as we move toward a cure.