What People are Saying

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When I was first diagnosed with PD in 2014, the neurologist told me I needed to start exercising. I started an exercise routine back then and have continued exercising. After moving from Virginia to Stamford, Connecticut in 2019, I learned about the exercise classes for people with PD offered at the Greenwich YMCA. I am now taking four, virtual exercise classes through the Y: Rock Steady Boxing, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA) Dance. In every class, the instructor is aware of

my mobility issues and makes adjustments for me.  

Jim Stratoudakis, Board Member, Parkinson’s Body & Mind, Inc.

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Fairfield County LOOK Magazine April 2022

Faces of Philanthropy
Lynn Hagerbrant is a retired cardiac, intensive care nurse who has lived in Greenwich for 29 years and been active in the community helping people with Parkinson’s Disease since she was diagnosed with PD in 2010. For many years, she has also been a caregiver for her 88-year-old mother, who also has Parkinson’s Disease. 

In 2014, Lynn co-founded Shaker’s Anonymous, an education-based support group for people with PD which features expert presentations on promising research. They originally met monthly at the New Canaan YMCA. Throughout the pandemic, their support group met weekly via Zoom and provided everyone with a lifeline to cope with COVID 19. Today, this group has grown to almost 500 members.  Read more...

When I joined Shakers Anonymous and discovered Parkinson's Body and Mind I knew I had found the support I needed.


I now have a very special group of people who understand and empathize with me, help guide me through all the exercise and wellness programs that are offered and I have found what is right for me.


There are meetings and speakers and many opportunities to engage with others, and participating in the Parkinson's Body and Mind programs, group meetings and exercise programs is just the best!


The camaraderie is wonderful; we share knowledge and help each other and even provide for our care partners’ needs through their own meetings.


I am so happy to have connected with this wonderful team!

     Sarah Freimuth