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After a fall and subsequent trip to the emergency room, Gladys Nunley had her things packed, ready to be discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She wasn’t worried about the fall – the X-ray showed nothing was broken. However, the 90-year-old was concerned about what she would do when she got home to her Chicago apartment.

Then she met Dwayne Dobscheutz.

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Dimitri Krainc, MD, PhD, chair of the department of neurology, and Andrew T. Parsa, MD, PhD, chair of the department of neurological surgery

NorthwesternMemorialHospital’s neurology and neurosurgery program has been ranked as 7th in the country on the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Best Hospitals specialty rankings released on Tuesday, July 16. This is the first year Northwestern Memorial has been recognized in the top 10 for neurology and neurological surgery, jumping four places from last year’s 11th ranking, making it once again the highest ranked neuro program in Illinois and Chicago for the 7th consecutive year.


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Twice a month a jam session takes place on the third floor of Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. A diverse group of men and women, ranging in age and ethnicity, gather in a circle with instruments in hand and sing together. This is no ordinary jam band; all its members are impacted by a neurodegenerative disease. They are participating in creative arts therapy which is offered through Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

Initially launched exclusively for people with Parkinson’s, creative arts therapy has since expanded to include people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease through the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Caregivers are also encouraged to participate in the bi-weekly therapy session. The class combines music and art therapy to help patients address the physical and emotional components of their illness. In the past, drama therapy was also integrated into the program.

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