My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Neurobalance Center, Barrington, IL, USA
My father who is ninety-one years old was diagnosed with Parkinson's in his eighties and had to give up the art classes at the community college that he loved. He had friends in his classes, and going to the college during the week gave him a purpose and a community which were sorely missed. A few years ago we were very fortunate that Dad's neurologist who was familiar with the NeuroBalance Center told us about it at an appointment. We left the doctor's office and went directly to the Center to get him enrolled in a PD exercise class. Margaret is the most amazing instructor and Dad absolutely loves her. She is so warm and nurturing, and she gives him a great workout three days a week. He also sees Margaret twice a week for personal PowerPlate training sessions which has been really beneficial for Dad. When the Center added Rock Steady Boxing classes to the curriculum Dad enrolled in a class and the instructor, Nick, has worked with Dad to increase his strength and balance. Before we found out about the Center I had talked my father into joining the local YMCA to take an exercise class a few times a week. He truly hated the experience, and the instructor didn't take an interest in any of the senior citizens in the class. She failed utterly to motivate my father to continue exercising or to try any of the other offerings at the gym. After a couple of months he refused to go back; now he's excited to go to class to see the instructors and his friends.
I can’t praise Margaret, Nick and everyone at the Center highly enough. There aren't enough superlatives to express my gratitude and absolute appreciation for everything that the Center does for my father on a daily basis. His improved physical and mental condition are due to the hard work and dedication of every single person at the Center, They foster a sense of family, and Dad now has a large group of friends who make him fee valued. He had become very solitary when he had to give up his art classes because of a hand tremor, and no longer had a daily destination. He goes to the Center four days a week, and really hates to miss a class, which is such a wonderful change. Ali and the other staff members are constantly planning special events like the picnic they organize every summer and frequent presentations.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Joy for starting the Center and maintaining such high standards. All the staff members and volunteers are all wonderful; they always greet everyone warmly and by name. The new building is awesome and they continually make improvements both indoors and out. The vegetable planters and butterfly garden around the patio are a great addition.
The NeuroBalance Center has really given my father a new lease on life. He is in great physical shape; no one can believe that he is ninety-one because he is so active. The classes have greatly improved his stamina, balance, flexibility, strength, coordination, and mental outlook. I credit everyone at the Center for improving my father's quality of life and helping to stave off the debilitating effects of aging and Parkinson's. They work hard to keep him involved and active, and not isolated at home watching television. I see the service and benefit they provide to everyone who has had the good fortunate to be involved with the Center. I give thanks for the Center and everyone who works there on a regular basis; I know my father would not be where he is in life if it weren’t for all they do.