Parkinson's Program

The Parkinson’s Program was founded in 2007 by members of the Meadowlark Hills team, and has been offering great services to those affected in various ways by Parkinson’s disease (PD) since that time. The Parkinson’s Program is available to residents of Meadowlark Hills, as well as any and all individuals in the Manhattan community. Come be a part of a very active crew and participate in exercise groups, support groups, and other activities that will help you or your loved one live with PD successfully and happily.

About Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease is a common chronic degenerative neurological disease that affects more than one million Americans. It is likely to affect you or a loved one at some point in your life.

About the Program

If you would like a personalized plan, the Parkinson’s Program can help. Our trained team of professionals is available to assist you with any information regarding evaluations, treatment, and insurance coverage. Referrals can be made by the person with Parkinson’s, family members, or physicians.

This program is a comprehensive approach to living with Parkinson’s, including but not limited to the following components:

  • Physical strength and mobility
  • Swallowing function (evaluation and treatment)
  • Speech (evaluation and treatment)
  • Medication monitoring
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Evaluation of motor and behavioral functions
  • Patient/family education
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Exercise programs
  • Group classes
  • Resource library
  • LSVT – Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

In 2007, Meadowlark Hills received an Excellence in Parkinson Care Accreditation and became a Parkinson Proficient Community, as recognized by the National Parkinson Foundation. The goal of Meadowlark Hills’ specially trained nurses, social workers, aides, and therapists is to help patients manage their PD while maintaining maximum independence and quality of life.

Get Involved

Exercise Class - All ability levels are encouraged to attend. Exercises are designed specifically to target PD symptoms and can be done seated or standing. The class meets Mondays and Fridays from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Meadowlark Hills.

Rock Steady Boxing Meadowlark is a non-contact boxing class taught by certified coaches. An evaluation must be completed before attending the class. Please contact Jeff Heidbreder at (785) 537-4610 for more information.

Voice Class is taught during the fall and spring KSU semesters on Mondays from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. in the KSU Classroom at Meadowlark Hills.

The Parkinson's Education Group meets the first Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Meadowlark Hills. This is a monthly support group for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. 

Care Partner Support Group meets the second and fourth Fridays from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m. in the Living Room at Meadowlark Hills.

The Young Onset Parkinson's Group meets the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This group is designed to serve anyone in the Flint Hills region who was diagnosted with PD before the age of 55. The location varies; please call (785) 323-3899 for details.

The PD Partners Luncheon is open to all individuals affected by PD. This is a social and informative luncheon prior to the PD Exercise Class and Care Partners Support Group. A small donation may be requested to cover the cost of the meal. The luncheon occurs every fourth Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. at Meadowlark Hills.

For information on the annual fundraiser for the Parkinson’s Program at Meadowlark Hills, visit The Speedy PD 5K/10K website.

Contact

Michelle Haub, Parkinson’s Program Leader
(785) 323-3899
parkinson@meadowlark.org