Resources for Parkinson’s


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'3M' is for Music, Motion, and Mobility.  This '3M' class helps participants achieve and maintain key capabilities needed for good mobility. Instructors Judy Overmyer (PT) and Katie Dabkowski (DPT) lead the group in exercises for flexibility, strength, balance, endurance, and mobility. Music guides the pace and activities. You may participate as long as you are safe for standing and light walking, or have someone help you for safety. Spouses and/or caregivers may also participate with a physician's note of approval.

Because of the high level of activity, a doctor’s written approval is required. The cost is $3.00 per session (arrangements available if unable to pay), or 11 sessions for $30. Your first visit is free. For any additional questions, please contact the Mercy Saint Mary's NeuroRehabilitation Program at 616-685-6749.

Room Location: First floor Conference Room.

There is FREE parking in the open lot at the building entrance. It is labeled as a "Patient Parking" lot.

Class is offered EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY, from 2:15 pm until 3:15 pm.
Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, 245 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

People with PD have been shown to respond favorably to the practice of Yoga.  While Yoga cannot reverse PD, it can ease symptoms by decreasing rigidity, improving balance, increasing range of motion as well as core strength.  Yoga also will decrease stress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation.  This class is suitable for people with PD as well as their caregivers.

Katherine Florentine, ERYT500, has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 20 years.  She studies therapeutic applications of Yoga with internationally recognized teachers.  She offers classes and workshops nationally and in Australia.

The class meets EVERY MONDAY, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
5060 Cascade Rd, SE, Suite G, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Mary Free Bed Adaptive Sports Program is offering a Ballroom Dance class.  This dance class will provide fun and enjoyable exercise routines to calm and relax the symptoms of PD.  This class is suitable for all age groups, and for people with neurological and/or physical disabilities.  A dance partner is encouraged but not mandatory.  NOTE: PROGRAM NOT YET FINALIZED. Contact Jo Garber at 941-587-9420 for the most current and up to date information related to this program.

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY. Times have not been finalized at this time.
5500 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Grand Rapids Ballet School: Dancing with Parkinson’s Disease

This 45 minute movement class is designed to increase the flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination of persons with Parkinson’s Disease. The class progresses from seated exercises to standing exercises at a bar to movements across the floor, all to live piano accompaniment. Spouses, caretakers, and friends are all encouraged to participate!

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY, from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm.
Grand Rapids Ballet
Meijer-Royce Center for Dance
341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Metro Health exercise class for Parkinson’s patients

The class is FREE but you must register and make a reservation.

 

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY, from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm (noon).
Metro Health Conference Center
2225 Byron Center Avenue, SW, Wyoming, MI 49519

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Participants will either ride on a solo stationary bike or on a tandem bike with a volunteer “pilot” three times a week. Each one hour exercise session consists of a 10 minute warm-up, up to a 40 minute main exercise set, and a 10 minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators.

You can download a program brochure here.  All participants must receive medical clearance to participate and have an individual orientation with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Coordinator.

PARTICIPANTS MUST:

  • Be between the ages of 30-75;
  • Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD;
  • Complete and submit a signed form and medical release. (Download Screening Form here.);
  • Agree to periodically monitor progress;
  • Interview with Health & Wellness Director;
  • YMCA members and non-members welcome;

Screened, approved participants may register at this link.

400 West Washington Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Another study by U of M Researchers found that program participants reported a 24% improvement in Quality of Life and a 10% improvement in the severity of their Parkinson;s motor symptoms after just eight weeks og PFP participation.

Participants will either ride on a solo stationary bike or on a tandem bike with a volunteer “pilot”. Each one hour exercise session consists of a 10 minute warm-up, up to a 40 minute main exercise set, and a 10 minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators.

  • Please check with your doctor before attending any PFP class.
  • No registration or sign-ups. Please join us for the class and bring a water bottle
    and wear comfortable exercise clothing.
  • FREE for YMCA Members. Guests may attend with a guest pass (a $10 fee would apply).
Classes are held each Friday at 11:00am.
DAVID D. HUNTING YMCA
475 Lake Michigan Drive NW
Grand Rapids, MI
49504

Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

Another study by U of M Researchers found that program participants reported a 24% improvement in Quality of Life and a 10% improvement in the severity of their Parkinson;s motor symptoms after just eight weeks og PFP participation.

Participants will either ride on a solo stationary bike or on a tandem bike with a volunteer “pilot”. Each one hour exercise session consists of a 10 minute warm-up, up to a 40 minute main exercise set, and a 10 minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators.

  • Please check with your doctor before attending any PFP class.
  • No registration or sign-ups. Please join us for the class and bring a water bottle
    and wear comfortable exercise clothing.
  • FREE for YMCA Members. Guests may attend with a guest pass (a $10 fee would apply).
Classes are held each Monday at 11:00am, and each Wednesday at 1:00pm.
Mary Free Bed YMCA
5500 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

This class is led by Cathy Harro, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Grand Valley State University.

There is an approval process: Contact Cathy and she will follow up with you with an evaluation/screening appointment as well as describing the level of activity.  There is no charge and both men and women may participate. A doctor’s approval is required.

The class meets EVERY MONDAY during the school year from 4:30 pm until 5:45 pm.
GVSU Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Spotlight Dance Academy: Dancing for Parkinson’s Disease

This movement class is designed to increase the flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination of persons with Parkinson’s Disease. The class progresses from seated exercises to standing exercises at a bar to movements across the floor, all to live piano accompaniment. Spouses, caretakers, and friends are all encouraged to participate!

Donations appreciated.  Please reach out to Jan White for additional information.

This class meets EVERY WEDNESDAY, from 1:30pm until 2:30pm.
Spotlight Dance Academy
1445 Columbus Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417