Parkinson’s Body and Mind Program

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Our exercise and mindfulness program is run by instructors who have specific training in working with people with PD in addition to training in their area of expertise. Our programs recognize exercise as a non-pharmacological treatment for PD. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) “Parkinson’s Disease patients should be encouraged to actively participate in regular exercise as a potent non-pharmacological therapeutic strategy against PD.”

 

Parkinson's Body & Mind Provides:​

  • An exercise and wellness program grounded in evidence based practices tailored to the needs of individuals with Parkinson’s

  • A safe program run by instructors who have specific training in working with people with PD in addition to their area of expertise (boxing, yoga, Tai Chi, etc.)

  •  A supportive community that encourages people with PD to push themselves to move their bodies and improve their stamina, strength, balance, and mental and emotional well-being

 

Collaboration:

We are currently collaborating with Teachers College’s Neurorehabilitation Research Lab / Columbia University (Lori Quinn, Associate Professor of Movement Science and Kinesiology) to advance PBM by developing: 

  • Individualized pre and post assessments that evaluate the effectiveness and type of exercise classes and to motivate the participant

  • Develop a certification program for instructors

  • In conjunction with PBM exercise classes, local support groups led by people with PD and their partners meet weekly and supplements our national Shaker's Anonymous support group