“Exercise is absolutely crucial in Parkinson’s disease. Not only does it increase dopamine, allowing you to physically feel better, it reduces the risk of falls, improves mental health, and improves sleep. Next to taking medications, this is the most important thing a person can do to help themselves feel better and live longer”
Leon Meytin, M.D. Movement Disorder Neurologist
Hartford HealthCare Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
When I was first diagnosed with PD in 2014, the neurologist told me I needed to start exercising. I started an exercise routine back then and have continued exercising. After moving from Virginia to Stamford, Connecticut in 2019, I learned about the exercise classes for people with PD offered at the Greenwich YMCA. I am now taking four, virtual exercise classes through the Y: Rock Steady Boxing, Tai Chi, Yoga, and Neuromuscular Integrative Action (NIA) Dance. In every class, the instructor is aware of my mobility issues and makes adjustments for me.
Jim Stratoudakis, Board Member, Parkinson’s Body & Mind, Inc.
“Not only are PBM classes great for the body and mind, they are also great for the soul. I have a feeling of calm during and after my workouts. I've made some strong friendships which support me through my PD journey.”
I have been involved in many aspects of the Parkinson’s Body and Mind in Fairfield County for a number of years through the YMCA. It has been a godsend for me. The boxing, yoga and meditation programs have helped improve the management of my PD issues of balance, strength and flexibility. In addition, the energy and enthusiasm of both the instructors and participants is energizing and uplifting. It’s been great for my heart and soul.
John O’Donnell, Fairfield, CT Shakers Anonymous
When I joined Shakers Anonymous and discovered Parkinson's Body and Mind I knew I had found the support I needed.
I now have a very special group of people who understand and empathize with me, help guide me through all the exercise and wellness programs that are offered and I have found what is right for me.
There are meetings and speakers and many opportunities to engage with others, and participating in the Parkinson's Body and Mind programs, group meetings and exercise programs is just the best!
The camaraderie is wonderful; we share knowledge and help each other and even provide for our care partners’ needs through their own meetings.
I am so happy to have connected with this wonderful team!
As a PD care partner, I have seen the positive outcomes of my husband’s involvement in the Parkinson’s Body and Mind programs through the YMCA. Exercise is a vital component in the wellbeing of people of living with PD. The exercises are proving to be very beneficial for his movement issues and the camaraderie of other participants sharing similar issues helps support a positive outlook and outcome.
Cathy O’Donnell, Fairfield, CT