Social Work Services at the Fresco Institute

Providing multifaceted support for patients and families is part of what we do every day at the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at NYU Langone. Social workers help us make that happen. 

As part of our patient-centered care model, the Fresco Institute offers integrated, Parkinson’s disease–specific social work support and wellness services for patients and their caregivers and families, with onsite social workers who are part of the care team.

Our social workers are specialized and uniquely qualified to help you, your loved ones, and your care partners adapt to the emotional, physical, and practical concerns of living with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. We provide comprehensive assessments and develop support plans that fit your needs and goals, and address how these may change over time. We target your strengths, identify areas of concern, and tap into a broad range of resources for referral to help you to cope, adapt, and live well. 

We also provide disease-specific education and psychological counseling, and lead support groups for patients and care partners onsite and in the community. Our team also includes a Parkinson’s and movement disorders specialized psychotherapist who provides individual therapy and family therapy.

Our social work team members are leaders in the field and are national innovators in the development of Parkinson’s disease–specific support and wellness programs for patients and families in the clinic, in the community, and in home. They are proud to coordinate the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program—NYC in partnership with JCC Manhattan. The social work team also coordinates The Edmond J. Safra Interdisciplinary Home Visit Program for Parkinson's disease

All patients at the Fresco Institute can access our social work services. If you are interested in learning more about our social work program or to schedule an appointment, please contact our support and community services team at 646-501-9241.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Fresco Institute offers a support group program for active people with Parkinson’s disease. Trained and experienced professionals from our social work team lead the groups, which are offered at no charge. 

An intake interview is required for support group participation. For more information or to schedule an intake interview, please contact our support and community services team at 646-501-9241.

Social Work support services are made possible through the generous support of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation, the National Parkinson Foundation, and the Paolo and Marlene Fresco Foundation.