Srikant Vallabhajosula and Jen Guy Metcalf receive Parkinson’s Foundation Award

The award supports the "MOve Virtually with Elon (MO.V.E.) Program for Individuals with Parkinson's Disease" project.

Srikant Vallabhajosula, associate professor of physical therapy education, and Jen Guy Metcalf, associate professor of dance, have been awarded a $7,260 Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grants Award for their project, “MOve Virtually with Elon (MO.V.E.) Program for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.”

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Education Srikant Vallabhajosula and Associate Professor of Dance Jen Guy Metcalf

Based on earlier Parkinson’s Foundation funding of in-person individualized physical therapy intervention and a pilot virtual dance program, the team will offer virtual dance and strength training classes to individuals with Parkinson’s disease. The classes will include 30 minutes of dance-based routines followed by aerobic and strength training for 30 minutes. Classes will also include education on reducing fall-risk and meditation. Evaluations will be conducted to assess changes in physical and mental health of individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Elon DPT students and Dance Science students will work with the instructors to help deliver the classes.