Lundbeck in the News: Spotlight on Parkinson’s Sidekicks™ Program
A Chicago-area news outlet recently featured the Sidekicks™ program, a unique intergenerational program that connects youth and people with Parkinson’s disease for art and storysharing projects. Lundbeck and the Davis Phinney Foundation, in collaboration with leading Parkinson’s organizations, launched Sidekicks earlier this year to support people with Parkinson’s, a long-term and progressive brain disease. The article highlighted the special connections that Sidekicks participants are forming.
"I liked meeting new people in Sidekicks and learning about each other," said one 13-year-old participant quoted in the article. "I learned that people with Parkinson's are really just like we are. They may show how they feel a little differently in their facial expression or do things a little more slowly, but otherwise they are just like us."
According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year.1 And more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s.1 Parkinson’s is most often associated with physical symptoms, such as tremor and rigidity.2 But people living with the disorder also can experience emotional and cognitive challenges, which can significantly affect their daily activities and social connections.3, 4
Sidekicks brings together adults with Parkinson's and school-aged youth for a four-week series of workshops at which they share stories and engage in fun and creative activities. During these interactive sessions, the youth participants learn about Parkinson's and develop meaningful connections with people living with Parkinson’s through activities like handprint art, imaginative ideascapes and rock art. Sidekicks is offered in several cities across the country. The news article focused on a recent session in suburban Chicago.
"Sidekicks is such a special way to help make a difference by enabling people with Parkinson's to feel connections to each other, youth and the broader community," said Sally Benjamin Young, vice president of public affairs at Lundbeck, in the article. "It is our hope that Sidekicks can help encourage positivity for people living with Parkinson's while creating greater understanding for youth of what it's like to live with this condition."
1. Parkinson’s Foundation. Statistics. Available at https://www.parkinson.org/Understanding-Parkinsons/Causes-and-Statistics/Statistics. Accessed October 2018.
2. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Parkinson’s Disease Information Page, 2018-06-12. Available at https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Parkinsons-Disease-Information-Page. Accessed October 2018.
3. Chaudhuri KR, Ondo W. Handbook of Movement Disorders. London: Current Medicine Group, 2009.
4. Goldman JG, Postuma R. Premotor and nonmotor features of Parkinson’s disease. Curr Opin Neurol 2014; 27 (4): 434441.