Exercise


May 24, 2017 – Live from Brooklyn: Flamenco Dance & Music

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Live from Brooklyn:

Flamenco Dance & Music

Wednesday, May 24

2:15-3:30 PM (US Eastern Time)

Join us as we continue our season of live-streamed Dance for PD​® classes from the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Our Flamenco Dance & Music Master Class class includes basic technique with an emphasis on the relationship between baile (the dance) and toque (the music). Through exercises for footwork, body posture, movement and coordination, students explore flamenco style, character and expression.

No registration required—just click below at the scheduled time.

Class taught by Sophia Mintz | Music by Bernard Schaller

Can’t make it? Click here to enjoy archived classes.

Sophia Mintz

Sophia Mintz

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Flamenco Dance and Music


12 Types of Exercise Suitable for Parkinson’s Disease Patients

If you have Parkinson’s disease, there are a lot of health benefits that come along with exercise. Staying active can help you sleep, strengthen your muscles and joints, reduce stress and depression, and improve posture, balance, and gait.

But what sort of exercise should you do? The types of exercise you choose will depend, to some degree, on the severity of your Parkinson’s disease and your overall health. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, the exercises should be varied and incorporate changing directions through unplanned movement, cardiovascular exercise, balance, strength training and rhythmical exercises.

How does Parkinson’s disease affect the brain?

Unplanned and Random Movement
The exercises listed require the person to change tempo and direction regularly. These will challenge a person mentally as well as physically as they require concentration to perform.

  • Walking, hiking or jogging
  • Racket sports such as badminton, table tennis, squash
  • Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Outdoor cycling
  • Dancing
  • Aerobic classes
  • Marching with swinging arms
  • Swimming in different strokes

Planned and Repeated Movement
These exercises are generally repeated movements that require balance. They can be performed while doing something that challenges a person mentally, such as watching a quiz show or the news, throwing and catching balls, singing, or problem-solving.

  • Cycling on a static bike
  • Weightlifting using light weights
  • Swimming laps in the same stroke
  • Slow walking on a treadmill

Read more 


Sunnyview’s Adaptive Recreation Experiences program

Introducing the 2017 Summer Adaptive Recreation Experiences … Sunnyview’s Adaptive Recreation Experiences program provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to return to previously enjoyed activities or to try something new. Sessions are designed to encourage and assist each participant to have fun, and be successful on a variety of levels. All programs are open to those in wheelchairs, as well as ambulatory participants. Experiences are staffed by Sunnyview therapists, volunteers, and experts in that specific activity. Each activity offers a unique opportunity to try our adaptive equipment

More information on printable flyer here


Exercise Classes

Boxing– Friday 10:00 am  Schott’s Boxing  –  21 Vatrano Rd, Albany, NY 12205  (518) 641-9064. This boxing PD activity is in presented in partnership with Hope Soars.  The cost is $10.00 for the initial visit which covers the cost of the hand wraps. Hope Soars is partnering with Schott’s and will pay most of the membership fee which will be determined based on class size. If you have any question’s please contact Mark Burek (518) 428-0056.
P4PPedaling for Parkinson’s M/W/F @ Bethlehem Y, Delaware Ave. 12 Noon.
Call your local YMCA’s for dates & time (perhaps cost) in your area.
P4P-Pedaling for Parkinson’s – Saratoga YMCA no charge—Thursday & Friday—phone (518) 583-9622
P4P-Southern Saratoga (Clifton Park YMCA) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday- members free, non-members $5.00 – phone (518) 371-2139
P4P-Glenville YMCA –  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $5.00—phone (518) 399-8118
P4P-Duansburg/Delanson YMCA –  Monday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $6.00—phone (518) 895-9500
P4P-Troy YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Members free, non-members $5.00– (518) 272-5900
P4P – Wednesday, Friday, Parkinson’s Wellness Class Thursdays 12 N -1:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks – Bethlehem YMCA – 900 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054 – Phone (518) 439-4394 Contact the Y for more information
PWR PD Wellness Recovery – 6 wk classes run independently by local YMCA’s. Bethlehem Y: call (518) 439-4394 for dates/times/cost $$
PWR PD Wellness Recovery – Thursday 10:30 $45/7 weeks Clifton Park Y: call (518) 439-2139 for more.
** PWR – Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Class Thursdays 10:30 – 11:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks – Clifton Park YMCA – 1 Wall Street, Clifton Park, NY 12065 – Phone (518) 371-2139 Contact the Y for more information
Thursdays Dance Class– Dance Theater of Syracuse, 117 Harvard Place, Syracuse, NY (504) 570-0752 1:45 – 3:00 PM
Tuesday Yoga Class- Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts, 747 Madison Avenue, Albany, 12208, Donation is requested. Class is for Parkinson’s Patients and their family/caregivers, for information call Instructor Tamara Cookingham (518) 495-3239 tamaracookingham@gmail.com
 
Thursday Yoga Class- Honest Weight Coop, 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY, Free for Parkinson’s Patients and their family/caregivers, for information call Instructor Tamara Cookingham (518) 495-3239  tamaracookingham@gmail.com  
Dance for PD from home – http://capture.nbs-enb.ca/27/page/Home.aspx 
Yoga classes online every Wednesday live or view archived. http://nwpf.yourbrandlive.com/yoga  
 

FOUNDATIONS

 

Dancing Might Help Prevent Parkinson’s, Recent Research Points Out

Dancing helps prevent Parkinson’s disease, obesity, dementia, depression and anxiety, says Dr. Patricia Bragg, CEO of organic health company Bragg Live Food Products.“New studies show that dancing increases your memory and helps prevent a wide variety of diseases such as Alzheimer’s,” Bragg said in a press release.

Bragg’s father, Dr. Paul C. Bragg, was the originator of health stores in the United States, in 1912. For both father and daughter, dancing became a way of life.

Today, the 87-year-old Bragg sees herself as a crusader, born to carry on her father’s health movement, which pioneered many approaches that today would be considered “‘alternative medicine.”

“I have been dancing all of my life, and it’s not surprising to me that medical science is proving what I’ve known all along,” said Bragg.

Dancing has indeed been shown to help people with Parkinson’s recover balance and muscle control, as well as to help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia by 50 percent, which is expected to strike nearly 14 million Americans over the next 30 years.

“Think of the millions who can avoid this trauma simply by dancing,” said Bragg, the author of 10 best-selling “self-health” books.

According to a University of California Berkeley report, dancing has been shown to reduce depression, anxiety and stress and boost self-esteem. The New York Times also recently reported that dancing improves how the brain processes memory. Another study comparing the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggested there might be something unique about social dancing.
In fact, dancing seems to increase cognitive acuity at all ages in a singular way, since they demand split-second decisions and exercise neuronal synapses. Dancing also helps keep the only neural connection to memory strong and efficient.
“My memories of dancing with Fred Astaire, Lawrence Welk, Arthur Murray and Gene Kelly are crystal-clear and so is my memory of the great time I had dancing last night,” said Bragg.


Dance Through PD Class – Every Tues at 1:30 starting June 6, 2017

Dance Through Parkinson’s

View printable flyer Dance Through Parkinson 

“The classes help me feel physically better, which helps my mood. It helps with my balance and gait issues. I have met many new friends with PD at varying levels of PD. It helps me be hopeful. The classes are a good challenge, but generally within my PD capabilities.” –Parkinson’s dance participant

CLASSES START TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017

 AND MEET EVERY TUESDAY FROM 1:30 TO 3:00
(no class on July 4th)

at
Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center

 30 Aviation Road – Albany, 12205 – (518) 867-8920

Partners and caregivers welcome.

Persons with MS and other neuromuscular conditions welcome.

Walkers and wheelchairs welcome. No experience necessary.

$5 per class.

Teacher: Rachelle Smith-Stallman

Designed to engage participants’ minds and bodies through many styles while addressing such PD -specific issues as balance, flexibility, coordination and gait.

*Partially Supported by HopeSoars.org*


Knocking out Parkinson’s one punch at a time

Video of local boxing class

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As many as 1 million people live with Parkinson’s disease in America. Now, a new exercise program is energizing patients diagnosed with the movement disorder and renewing hope among patients.


Parkinson’s Patients Could Dance Their Way to Better Health

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette suggests dance as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Imaging studies have identified several brain regions involved in the complex, rhythmical, and coordinated movements that constitute dance. The motor cortex is — as with other kinds of voluntary movement — involved in planning, controlling, and executing dance moves.

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Art Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease

Find Pleasure: Art making should be enjoyable. There is no such thing as a “wrong” mark. Every expression is valid.

Experience Control: Art making is an activity in which the artist can experience choice (through color, medium, line, etc.) and control over one’s environment.

Value Individuality: Free creation can encourage spontaneity which can, in turn, improve confidence.

Express Oneself: An experience of slowed speech or flat affect can limit one’s ability to communicate. Art is another language for communication which can be done at the artist’s own pace.

Relax: Art making has been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce perseverative thoughts, and lift depression. 

Improve Flow in Mind/Body Connection: In a relaxed state when focus is on the artistic expression rather than on the physical movement itself, motion can become more fluid. 

Promote Concentration, Memory, Executive Functions, Improve Hand-eye Coordination: Art making increases bilateral activity in the brain. When drawing, one uses both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This is a wonderful way to take greater advantage of mental resources.

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Exercise Can Be a Boon to People With Parkinson’s Disease – NY Times

“The earlier people begin exercising after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the higher the intensity of exercise they achieve, the better they are,” Marilyn Moffat, a physical therapist on the faculty of New York University, said. “Many different activities have been shown to be beneficial, including cycling, boxing, dancing and walking forward and backward on a treadmill. If someone doesn’t like one activity, there are others that can have equally good results.”

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Chair Yoga at St. Sophia’s Tuesday

For seniors with mobility issues, there is a “Chair Yoga” class sponsored by NNORC which meets on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The instructors for all three classes are trained and dedicated professionals.

 

Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m.

At St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Road Albany, New York 12208
Tel: (518) 489-4442

(Note: There are no membership fees for this group.)

For health and fitness, there are programs that are free. A Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m.

 

http://stsophia.net/events/participate/


Tai Chi class at St. Sophia’s Monday

Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m.

At St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Road Albany, New York 12208
Tel: (518) 489-4442

(Note: There are no membership fees for this group.)

For health and fitness, there are programs that are free. A Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m.

And for seniors with mobility issues, there is a “Chair Yoga” class sponsored by NNORC which meets on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The instructors for all three classes are trained and dedicated professionals.

http://stsophia.net/events/participate/


The benefits of Tai Chi

It isn’t every day that an effective new treatment for some Parkinson’s disease symptoms comes along. Especially one that is safe, causes no adverse side effects, and may also benefit the rest of the body and the mind. That’s why I read with excitement and interest a report in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that tai chi may improve balance and prevent falls among people with Parkinson’s disease. Tai chi improves balance and motor control in Parkinson’s disease

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LSVT Loud and LSVT Big – voice and movement treatments

Recent advances in neuroscience have suggested that exercise-based behavioral treatments may improve function and possibly slow progression of motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Programs for individuals with PD have been developed and researched over the past 20 years beginning with a focus on the speech motor system (LSVT LOUD) and more recently have been extended to address limb motor systems (LSVT BIG).

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Yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease

Thursdays 10:30 – 11:30 am Honest Weight Co-op 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany NY

In our yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, we will be working with breath, movement, thought, voice, and sound. Through creative use of these branches of yoga, we will seek ease and relief from common issues associated with PD.

Caregivers are welcome to participate. The approach will be gentle, yet motivating. We will practice using chairs, with some standing movements. Modifications will be offered for those that cannot stand or have other limitations. Sneakers and loose, comfortable clothing are recommended.

For more information, call Hope Soars 518.428.0056.

Come enjoy the flow of yoga in your body, mind, and spirit. Presented By Hope Soars and Albany Medical Center