Christian Health Care Center Professionals Guest Presenters at Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Greater Ridgewood Area

Three professionals from Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) in Wyckoff were recently guest presenters at two meetings of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Greater Ridgewood Area held at the Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church in Wyckoff. The meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month for patients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers, and on the third Thursday of each month with guest speakers. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder affecting approximately 1.5 million people in the United States.

Elisabeth Micich Otero, MSN, RN-BC, Quality Manager/Clinical Educator, presented “Depression in Parkinson’s Disease: Recognition and Treatment.” The audience was especially receptive to Ms. Micich Otero’s presentation because she shared with the group that her father suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had first-hand knowledge of its impact on patients and their families.

“I appreciated having the opportunity to present this topic to the support group,” said Ms. Micich Otero. “Connecting to the communities we serve is an important role I have as an employee and ambassador for Christian Health Care Center. Many people are unaware of how common depression is during the course of the disease. Educating the public about this is important to increase awareness, recognition, and appropriate treatment of the problem. In addition, the group was interested to hear that there are reliable treatments available at Christian Health Care Counseling Center to help them have a better quality of life.”

“I can only describe Ms. Micich Otero and her presentation as excellent,” said Eugene Provost, who leads the support group meetings. “She was totally prepared and was clear and direct in her message that depression is a serious, but treatable condition.”

Mary Mariconda, CTRS, Hillcrest Residence Director and Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wyckoff Administrator, and Aimee Restifo, LCSW, Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wyckoff Administrator and Social Worker, made a presentation about adult day services at another Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting.

“We were honored to be invited to speak about adult day services and all that they can provide to clients and their families,” said Ms. Mariconda. “The programs provide invaluable medical monitoring, cognitive stimulation, and socialization for participants, as well as respite for the caregivers. The clients experience many health benefits by attending adult day services. One of our client’s physicians have noted a significant improvement in her physical and mental capabilities since she joined the program.”

“We welcome opportunities such as the one provided by the Parkinson’s Support Group to spread the word about our programs so that we can serve even more people in

the future,” said Ms. Restifo. “We hope to have ongoing collaborative efforts with those at the Parkinson’s Support Group, as they, too, provide a special and admirable service for one another and the community.”

“Ms. Mariconda and Ms. Restifo provided our group members with an in-depth array of services proved by Christian Health Care Center’s medical adult day care centers in Wyckoff and Wayne,” said Mr. Provost. “It is clear that Christian Health Care Center’s adult day care centers are invaluable to clients, but also offer caregivers respite along with the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are fully cared for in a stimulating, home-like setting.”

For more information about the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Greater Ridgewood Area, contact Mr. Provost at (973) 420-5716 or For more information about Christian Health Care Counseling Center or Christian Health Care Adult Day Services of Wayne and Wyckoff, contact Karen Hockstein at (201) 848-4463 or

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