Category Archives: Exercise

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See videos of Parkinson’s dance classes

Video of classes conducted at Canada National Ballet School


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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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Making exercise fun through drumming

For senior citizens, a good way to get some exercise is through group fitness classe






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April 19, 2017: Community Dance PD Program

A Free Movement Class
for persons with Parkinson’s
and their families, friends and care partners

Wednesday, April 19 1:00 to 2:30 pm
The Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center at The Crossings in Colonie
30 Aviation Road Albany, NY 12205

Class is offered free of charge and is led by founding teacher John Heginbotham and teaching artists from Dance Heginbotham.

For more information and to RSVP for the class, contact the UAAlbany {erforming Arts Center at (518) 442-3995 or PAC@albany.edu

About Dance for PD® – The award-winning Dance for PD® program, celebrating its 15th anniversary, invites people with Parkinson’s and their families in more than 120 communities and 16 countries to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence. This popular class, originally developed by the Mark Morris Dance Group, is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required. In chairs, at a barre or moving across the floor, you will explore various styles of movement in a safe, non-pressured, social environment in which live music energizes, enriches and empowers. Please visit www.danceforpd.org for more information.

“The music and movement started, I was filled with great joy. I was able to take the whole class and walked out feeling accomplished. I saw the endless possibilities for those with Parkinson’s and for myself.”—Dance for PD® student

This workshop is offered in conjunction to Dance Heginbotham’s residency at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center from April 17-20, 2017. The company will culminate the residency with a performance on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30pm. For performance info & tickets, contact the UAlbany Performing Art Center’s box office at (518) 442-3997.

Get printable flyer here


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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 Classes

Exercise Classes

P4P-Pedaling for Parkinson’s –Saratoga YMCA no charge – Monday & Friday – phone (518) 583-9622

P4P-Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA – Monday’s and Thursday’s (518) 895-9500 member’s free, non-members $6.00.

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-Troy YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Members free, non-members $5.00– (518) 272-5900

P4P-Guilderland YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Member’s Free, non-members $5.00-Contact Chris Wilson – (518) 456-3634 ext 1140 for more information

P4P- Bethlehem YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Parkinson’s Wellness Class Thursdays 12 N -1:45 Cost $45 for 7 weeks –– Phone (518) 439-4394 Contact the Y for more information

** 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

***Schott’s Boxing, 21 Vatrano Road, Albany, NY 12205 (518) 641-9064- Friday’s 10:00 AM –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 questions, please contact Mark Burek (518) 428-0056.

 

Rock Steady Boxing CNY, 209 Oswego Street #12, Liverpool, NY. Classes are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.   Contact Jeannette Riley (315) 622-2332 for assessment appointment and more information. Check Website CNY.rsbaffiliate.com for class information.

 

Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) at the Centers at St. Camilus, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse, NY 13219, Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 – 1:15. Call for information, (315) 488-2112

 

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

Parkinson’s Wellness Fund – http://parkinsonswellnessfund.org/families/general/application/

 

U-Tube Instruction Video’s

LSVT Big – https://youtu.be/fpTqcWs2NUY


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Demonstration Parkinson’s dance class coming to Albany

Stay tuned for date, time and location.

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7 Ways to Move More During the Day with Parkinson’s Disease

Category : Exercise

According to a new study from The University of Michigan, increasing everyday physical activity, or puttering, may be enough to help improve Parkinson’s motor symptoms. Puttering may even make a bigger impact than vigorous exercise.

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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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Rock Steady boxing in central NY

Category : Events , Exercise

ROCK STEADY BOXING CNY
A fitness program for persons with Parkinson’s Disease.

FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PARKINSON’S DISEASE

OPEN HOUSE

Saturday January 28th

10 am-1 pm

209 Oswego St #12

(Ponderosa Plaza)

Liverpool

(315) 622-2332


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Chair Yoga at St. Sophia’s Tuesday

Category : Exercise

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/


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Tai Chi class at St. Sophia’s Monday

Category : Exercise

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/


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Exercise and Community Events

Category : Events , Exercise , Pedaling

Weekly: 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/Mark Burek (518) 428-0056.
Weekly: 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.
PWR PD Wellness Recovery – 6 wk classes run independently by local YMCA’s. Bethlehem Y: call (518) 439-4394 for dates/times/cost $$
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-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 – 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
***Schott’s Boxing, 21 Vatrano Road, Albany, NY 12205 (518) 641-9064– Friday’s 10:00 AM 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.
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

 

Speaker’s/Activities December Meetings

Saratoga County Meeting: Mary Piel, OT, 
 
YOPD -Albany County 2 PM: Dec’s meeting speaker Mary Piel, OT, see flyer below, and  will be a pot luck holiday party on Sat, 12/17 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 510 Albany-Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211 
 
The Schenectady Co. Group will be meeting on the 2nd Wednesday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Glenville Queen Diner on Route 50 in Glenville for our annual luncheon.

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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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Dance for PD survey

Category : Exercise , Speaker Leads

What is Dance for PD?

Download a flyer and Watch a segment about a class in Buffalo

Read about the class from a participant’s view


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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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YMCA Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease.

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Upcoming Events

Mar
23
Thu
10:00 am P4P Saratoga YMCA @ Saratoga YMCA
P4P Saratoga YMCA @ Saratoga YMCA
Mar 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
http://cdymca.org/programs/chronic-diseases/pedaling-for-parkinsons/  
10:30 am Honest Weight Yoga @ Honest Weight Food Coop
Honest Weight Yoga @ Honest Weight Food Coop
Mar 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am
 
10:30 am Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Class @ Clifton Park YMCA
Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Class @ Clifton Park YMCA
Mar 23 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
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
11:00 am P4P-Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA @ DuanesburgvYMCA
P4P-Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA @ DuanesburgvYMCA
Mar 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
P4P-Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA – Monday’s at 12 noon and Thursday’s at 11 am (518) 895-9500 members free non-members $6.00.
11:45 am P4P Glenville YMCA @ Glenville YMCA
P4P Glenville YMCA @ Glenville YMCA
Mar 23 @ 11:45 am – 12:45 pm
P4P-Glenville YMCA – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $5.00—phone (518) 399-8118
1:45 pm Parkinson’s Dance Syracuse @ Dance Theater of Syracuse
Parkinson’s Dance Syracuse @ Dance Theater of Syracuse
Mar 23 @ 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Parkinson’s Dance (re-defining PD) Thursdays 1:30-2:45 pm Weekly Drop-ins welcome No charge Lead teacher: Tumay Tunur Dance styles/techniques/content covered in class: Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Latin, Improvisation Dance Theater of Syracuse 117 Harvard Place Syracuse, NY
Mar
24
Fri
9:30 am P4P Guilderland YMCA @ Guilderland YMCA
P4P Guilderland YMCA @ Guilderland YMCA
Mar 24 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am
http://cdymca.org/programs/chronic-diseases/pedaling-for-parkinsons/  
10:00 am Schott’s Boxing @ Schott's Boxing
Schott’s Boxing @ Schott's Boxing
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Every Friday at 10 This program was started in 2016 by Hope Soars and Schott’s Boxing and Fitness to enhance the quality of life of the Parkinson’s patient. There is a direct correlation between the
10:30 am P4P Troy YMCA @ Troy YMCA
P4P Troy YMCA @ Troy YMCA
Mar 24 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
PEDALING FOR PARKINSON’S Pedaling a bicycle may change the life  of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle
12:00 pm P4P Bethlehem YMCA @ BethlehemYMCA
P4P Bethlehem YMCA @ BethlehemYMCA
Mar 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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4:30 pm P4P Saratoga YMCA @ Saratoga YMCA
P4P Saratoga YMCA @ Saratoga YMCA
Mar 24 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
5:00 pm P4P Clifton Park YMCA @ Clifton Park YMCA
P4P Clifton Park YMCA @ Clifton Park YMCA
Mar 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The mission of Pedaling for Parkinson’s is: To improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers. To educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active