Did you know that April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month?


 

NSCFF is now offering programs to the Parkinson's community in South Florida! In offering these services, NSCFF is collaborating with the South Florida Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation to develop ways to increase access to the undeserved Parkinson's population in our community.  


 

Did you know that NSCFF has added a new social worker to its team?


 

NSCFF is very excited to announce its new Social Work Programs Coordinator, Oylime Fernandez, MSW, MBA, CSSGB!  Due to the success of NSCFF's Multiple Sclerosis social service programs in 2014, other organizations have adopted our model and are now offering similar services to MS patients in our community.  This is precisely the impact that NSCFF hopes for!  

  

With the addition of Ms. Fernandez, NSCFF will now expand its social service programs out from Multiple Sclerosis and into Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Stroke. 


 

Ms. Fernandez comes well qualified to handle such a task as she has 

earned a BA in Psychology from FIU, a Master's degree in Social Work from Barry University, an MBA from University of Miami, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt certification.  She brings a unique wealth of knowledge and experience to NSCFF having worked for Miami Children's Hospital, Florida Club Care Center, the Children's Home Society, and Florida International University as Adjunct Professor and Victim Advocate.

 

Did you know that Parkinson's disease is diagnosed in 60,000 Americans each year and currently affects 1.5 million Americans?


 

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that damages nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine.  The decrease in the production of dopamine in turn affects movement in all parts of the body.   The disease is often diagnosed in those ages 60 and older, although early-onset diagnosis can occur.  With the approximated 8 million baby boomers approaching or falling within this age group now, hundreds of thousands will be at risk for this diagnosis in the near future.

Did you know that the costs to American society to care for those with Parkinson's disease exceed $14.4 Billion each year?


Did you know that NSCFF's care model focuses on providing quality care while reducing costs?


 

NSCFF is aware that costs to care for all neurological conditions is on the rise.  Under its comprehensive, coordinated, patient-centered, disease-specific care model, patients will receive quality outpatient care that will keep them at work, at home and out of the hospital- high costs to society that can and should be avoided.


 

NSCFF is completing the first implementation of its care model through its Medicaid Clinic, scheduled for launch in late 2015.  Through a care team that includes physicians to provide clinical care and clinical education, social workers to provide social services and therapeutic interventions, care coordinators who help navigate the patients through various care settings and coordinate transition of care, and other community health workers and allied health professionals, NSCFF will prove that its model is the most efficient in delivering quality care while reducing costs.   

Did you know that NSCFF is collaborating with a nationally recognized Parkinson's neurologist to educate the community on important topics and issues that stem from this disease?

Dr. Stuart Isaacson

The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton is a nationally recognized leading clinical research institution directed by Dr. Stuart Isaacson.  Dr. Isaacson is a neurologist specializing in Parkinson's and dedicated to improving the care of Parkinson's patients while trying to slow its progression. He is the Director of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton and Associate Professor of Neurology at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.   NSCFF is working with Dr. Isaacson to host community education events for Parkinson's patients and their caregivers this coming summer.


 

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Did you know that next month the Miami Marlins ballpark will be home to a stroke awareness event?


 

In preparation for National Stroke Awareness Month and EMS Week in May, NSCFF's stroke research entity, the Miami Dade Stroke Consortium, is supporting the Strike Out Stroke organization as they partner with the Miami Marlins to spread the F.A.S.T. message and raise funds for stroke survivors through the great American pastime of baseball.


 

This event will take place as the Miami Marlins go up against the Baltimore Orioles on May 23, 2015, at 7:15 PM.  Exciting pre-game education and activities will begin at 5:30 PM provided by MDSC, Miami-Dade EMS departments and many other dedicated volunteers.


 

Come out and support the Marlins on May 23 and help spread stroke awareness!

 

 
Wednesdays in April
NSCFF Adaptive Yoga
Funded by the MSF-Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. For Registered Students only. 2:30-3:30 PM
St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church
7410 Sunset Drive | Miami, FL, 33143

Fridays in April
NSCFF Dance/Music Therapy
Funded by the MSF-Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. For Registered Students only.  2:30-3:30 PM 
St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church
7410 Sunset Drive | Miami, FL, 33143

Friday, April 24 & Friday, May 1
"Managing Alzheimer's and Dementia for the Caregiver"
This course has been created specifically for the caregiver to help you in supporting the Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia patient. You will work through various stages of these disorders and learn coping techniques and practical methods of dealing with difficult situations and much more.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
950 NW 20th Street, Room 1142 Miami, FL 33127
$95 Class Fee 
Wednesday, April 29
NSCFF Circle
For those living with MS and their families, we are now hosting two separate support groups on the last Wednesday of every month: one group for those living with MS and one group for the caregiver/loved ones and family. Please join us for an open dialogue, great support, and some laughs. 

The NSCFF Circle is a unique opportunity to partake in monthly meetings for sharing, venting, and supporting one another! Meetings are led by our MS Social Work Department.

6:30 PM 
2150 Coral Way | Miami, FL, 33145
RSVP: Call Tamara at 305.856.8940
Neuroscience Centers of Florida Foundation, Inc.
2150 Coral Way, 8th Floor
Miami, FL, 33145
Office: 305.856.8940 | Fax: 305.456.3797
info@nscff.org