EXERCISE

Through funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation (www.parkinson.org), people with Parkinson’s disease are able to participate in the following weekly 1-hour exercise programs at no cost through sponsorship by Endeavor Parkinsonology. Participation requires initial screenings for movement, cognition, voice, and swallowing. For more information, contact the class instructors for each activity.

Spring 2019 Classes (August 2019 through June 2020)

VOCAL POWER

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth

Heart Tower, Ground level Classroom

Contact: Beth Watson, MS, CCC-SLP; bethwatson@texashealth.org; (817) 250-3156

Vocal Power teaches people with Parkinson’s disease vocal exercises designed to increase vocal strength and stamina. In a group setting, participants will learn and practice sets of vocal exercises which are performed with conscious effort on vocal intensity (loudness) and pitch flexibility. Participants will also be guided on home-based exercises to complement the weekly group classes.

PWR!MOVES FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Texas Christian University campus, Recreation Center

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

PWR!Moves is a PD-specific skill training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. The BASIC4 | PWR!Moves are performed with large amplitude, high effort, and attention to action in multiple postures (floor, all 4’s, sitting, and standing). They specifically target “4” skills shown by research to interfere with mobility in people with PD (antigravity extension, weight shifting, axial mobility, and transitional movements).

Inclusion Criteria for PWR!Moves classes:

  1. No falls in the past 3 months
  2. Walk without an assistive device
  3. Able to get in/out of a chair without assistance
  4. Able to get on/off the floor without assistance

YOGA

Elemental Yoga Therapy, 714 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Contact: Michael Dardanes, michael@elementalyogatherapy.com, 630-269-4450

Applying ancient teachings with modern science we will practice yoga poses, breath work, chanting and meditation using props for modifications (blocks, chairs, straps). We will focus on posture, balance, strength, and compassion through movement, rhythm and sound. No one is too much of a beginner for we each start with where we are! Open to all levels of ability and experience with partners welcome as space allows. Bring a water bottle, towel, any props you use with and an open attitude for an uplifting hour.

EMPOWER PARKINSON’S FIGHT CLUB – BOXING/CARDIO/STRENGTH

Alliance Gym, 10357 Alta Vista rd., suite 351, Fort Worth, 76244

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, Rock Steady Box cert., geymer22@gmail.com, (682) 593-1374

This exercise program attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate.  A “Cornerman” is required to assist any participants who answer “yes” to any of the following: requires an assistive device to walk with, has significant balance issues and/or has had more than one fall in the past 3 months, has difficulty following directions without repetition.

BALANCE BOOT CAMP

Texas Christian University Campus (outside, or Recreation Center)

Contact: Alison Geymer, PT, DPT, LSVT, PWR!, geymer22@gmail.com; (682) 593-1374

Balance Boot Camp is the perfect class for anyone who has noticed they aren’t as steady on their feet as they used to be and wants to improve their balance. This class is for all levels. All exercises can be modified for any level of mobility by our Physical Therapist to make exercise safe but challenging for all participants. Loss of balance with Parkinson’s disease is a complex and challenging issue and not always caused by the same factors.  Balance Boot Camp will focus on multiple aspects of balance control: agility, strength, postural control, flexibility, coordination, dual tasking (being able to do two things at once; or being able to stay balanced when distracted), techniques to decrease freezing, and more.