Stillwater CANe (Communication, Arts, Nutrition, Exercise) Project
The Stillwater CANe project was conceptualized in summer 2019 followed by a community-based educational event during August 2018 for people with Parkinson disease (PD) at Oklahoma State University (OSU).The team members include faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from three different programs including Communication Sciences and Disorders, Recreational Therapy and Kinesiology, and Nutrition at OSU. The project also includes a collaboration with the Stillwater-based Prairie Arts Center. We currently offer four different community-based programs including physical exercise, diet and nutrition education, SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd programs (aimed at speech and cognitive intervention), and arts-based group for people with PD and their family members. All groups are completely free. These programs are available to any person who has either been newly diagnosed or currently has a diagnosis with typical and atypical forms of PD.
This is the only program of its kind in the entire state of Oklahoma. While the project has garnered attention from several national grantmaking organizations (including Community Grants Program of Parkinson's Foundation), individual donors are needed to continue and amplify programming to our community. With your investment, the Stillwater CANe project and OSU will continue serving those who need it most. Please donate today!