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Exercise & Movement Programs

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation Professional Advisory Board published a Position Paper on "Exercise in the Management of Parkinson Disease," and an accompanying document describing "How to Select An Exercise Program."  It is being recognized more and more that exercise is beneficial for general good health and may have a particular role in controlling PD.  No one exercise program is recommended for everyone.  Please take some time to review the Position Paper.  Have fun exploring what is out there for you. 

pdf Position Paper - How to Select Exercise Programs (61 KB)

pdf Exercise White Paper (142 KB)






St. John Macomb Hospital
Thursdays at 4 pm
Medical Education Center
11800 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren 48093
(586) 573-5123
There is a fee

St. John Hospital and Medical Center
Tuesdays at 3 pm
22101 Moross, Detroit MI 48236
(313) 343-3744
There is a fee

Mid Michigan Medical Center
(800) 999-3199
Bay Medical Center Rehabilitation West Campus
Weekly classes
$2.00 per session
(989) 667-6767

Beaumont Neuroscience Center
Sarah H. and Douglas F. Allison Consultative Rehab Suite
3555 West 13 Mile Road, Suite 215
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
There is a fee and a physician prescription is required
Contact (248) 551-1000

Howell: Adaptive Exercise with Dr. Stuart Blatt
Thursdays, 1:00 pm
1st Presbyterian Church
323 Grand River Ave., Howell
Contact Jane Haessley (810)568-5055

Pedaling for Parkinson's
Contact the Ann Arbor YMCA (734) 996-9622

Ann Arbor: Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mondays at 3 pm
1500 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 276-9988
No fee
Weekly classes

PD Fitness for Life (Marshal Arts Program with Mike Demeter) NEW
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Troy - 6 Degree Burn Fitness: 1825 Brinston Drive, Troy MI 48083
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 -7:30 am
Livonia - Okinawa Budo Kai - 33666 Five Mile Road, Livonia MI 48154
Contact Mike Demeter (248)640-5601
There is a fee - but the first session is free.

Beverly Hills Club Rock Steady Boxing
4 week and 12 week sessions
31444 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills MI 48025
There is a fee. Call (248) 642-8500

Rock Steady Boxing - Troy
The Boxing Rink
1705 Austin Drive, Troy MI 48083
Call Carol Schramm for details (586) 781-5849

The Recovery Project
PWR! Gym workout classes, Yoga, and more
20000 Victor Pkwy Ste 100, Livonia MI 48152
15500 19 Mile Road, Suite 330,
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Contact (855) 877-1944 - There is a fee

Rock Steady Boxing
Beverly Hills Club
31555 Southfield Rd
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
(248) 642-8500
Rock Steady Boxing
Sports Club of Novi
42500 Nick Lidstrom Dr.
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 735-8850 ext.217
Rock Steady Boxing - Livonia
The Recovery Project
20000 Victor Pkwy Ste 100
Livonia, MI 48152
(855) 877-1944
Rock Steady Boxing - Oakland
6231 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(248) 872-0262
Pedaling for Parkinson's
YMCA  Ann Arbor
400 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 996-9622


Bloomfield Township: Dance for Parkinson's
Weekly for 6 weeks
Thursday July 27th - August 31st
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Followed by an optional 1/2 hour of socializing in the Bloomfield Senior Center Café
6 week session, no charge for Bloomfield Township residents
$36 for non-residents
No charge for caregivers, and spouses.
Scholarships are available, Call (248) 755-7431
The six week session repeats throughout the year

Bloomfield Township Senior Center
4315 Andover, Bloomfield Township, MI 48302
(248) 723-3500; seniorservices@bloomfieldtwp.com


Farmington Hills: MovingThru - Parkinson's and Dance
Weekly for 6 weeks - 2 sessions
Mondays beginning January 4th at 2pm
$10 per person (no charge for caregivers, spouses) Class limited
Contact: Terrye J. Mock (248) 505-3951

Christina's Adult Ballet & More…
Integrating Mood and Body Experiences
31531 W. 13 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48334


Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's hosted by Take Root
11:00am - 12:15pm Meets weekly
Contact Ali Woener takerootdance@gmail.comNo fee, but donations are accepted. Classes will not meet June and July

Oakland University
371 Varner Drive
Varner Hall Rm 132
Rochester, MI 48309
Class schedule for the 2017/2018 year:
Sep 23   11am-12:15pm
Oct 21   11am-12:15pm
Nov 4     11am-12:15pm
Dec 9    11am-12:15pm
Jan 6     11am-12:15pm
Feb 10  11am-12:15pm 
Mar 24  11am-12:15pm
April 7   11am-12:15pm
Older Person's Commision (OPC)
Every Wednesday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Contact: Alli Woerner: takerootdance@gmail.com


Kalamazoo: YMCA in Portage
Delay the Disease: 3 levels
2900 W. Centre Street
Portage, MI 49024
Contact Trish Harrison or
Sheri Shon at (269) 459-4881
There is a fee

Pedaling for Parkinson's
Contact the Jackson YMCA (517) 782-0537



Pedaling for Parkinson's
Marquette YMCA
1420 Pine St.
Marquette, MI 49855
Held on Mon, Wed & Friday
1:00 pm - 2:00pm
No fee
Details available on site
Contact Christina Bennett (906) 227-9622


Dancing with Parkinson's
A Fun Way to Improve Movement
Fridays from June 23 - Aug 25
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Friendship Village Fitness Center
1400 N. Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 
$5.00 per person/per session
Dancing is done solo, either chair or standing
Shown through research to improve walking, freezing, and quality of life
Sponsored by Kalamazoo Area Parkinson's Support Group


Pedaling for Parkinson's
Contact Generation Care, Muskegon
(231) 737-4374

Muskegon and Spring Lake: Generation Care
Many programs geared for people with PD, including Pedaling for PD water exercise and more at several locations
Call (231) 737-4374
There is a fee

Parkinson's Exercise and Recreation Class (PERC)
Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-2 pm
Hauenstein Neurosciences at Mercy Health Saint Mary's Wege Building
310 Lafayette, Suite 305, Grand Rapids
Contact (616) 685-4444There is a fee.

Parkinson's Fitness Program
12-week program, Tuesdays at 7:00 am and Thursdays at 7:15 pm
Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club
2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing MI 48823
No fee - Sponsored by Making the Turn Golf
Contact Rus Zalkin (517) 364-8824

Parkinson's Exercise Class
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 11 am - noon
Metro Health & Mary Free Bed Hospital - Byron Center
2215 44th Street SE, Wyoming MI
Contact (616) 252-7199

Metro Health Exercise class for Parkinson's Patients
Metro Health Conference Center
2225 Byron Center Avenue, SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
Classes meet Every Tuesday from
11:00am - 12:00pm
The class is FREE but you must register by calling (616) 252-7199

Adaptive Yoga for People with Parkinson's
Class meets Every Monday from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mondays (beginning may 6th)
People with PD have been shown to respond favorably to the practice of Yoga. This class is suitable for people with PD as well as their caregivers. While yoga cannot reverse PD, it can ease symptoms by improving core strength, flexibility, and balance. Yoga will also decreasestress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation.
Katherine Florentine, ERYT500, has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 20 year years. She studies therapeutic applications of Yoga with internationally recognized teachers, and offers classes and workshops nationally and in Australia.

Cascade Yoga Studio
5060 Cascade Rd, SE, Suite G
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Contact Katherine at (616) 464-1610 or email: katherine.florentine@gmail.com
Suggested donation: $5

Exercise & Recreation Class
Class is Every Wednesday and Friday
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Helps achieve and maintain the highest level of physical functioning. The instructor is Judy Overmyer, the primary physical therapist at the Hauenstein Center of St. Mary's Health Care. The class provides enjoyable exercise tailored to assist people with Parkinson's improve balance, strength and motor functions. You may participate alone or bring a partner.

310 Lafayette Ave, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Room Location: 305 Wege Center
Cardiopulmonary Rehab Room

There is a free covered parking in the garage behind the building. Doctor's approval in writing is required. The cost is $3 per session (arrangements available if unable to pay).
First visit is free. For any additional questions, please contact the NPFW office.

Tai Chi
Classes meet Every Monday from
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Tai chi, a balance-based exercise, is one non-pharmaceutical therapy which has been studied in patients with Parkinson's disease. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that Tai Chi may improve balance and prevent falls among people with Parkinson's disease.
The class is for beginners and is $40 for 10 weeks.

East Leonard Medical Complex
2680 Leonard St, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

For more information contact: Ruth Kizer (616) 866-4256 or Brenda Schroeder (616) 866-1205 or (616) 450-9844 or bschreoder@chartmi.net.

Rock Steady Boxing
West Michigan, LLC
6538 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
(616) 634-4250
Pedaling for Parkinson's
Evergreen Commons
480 State St
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 355-5108
Pedaling for Parkinson's
Generation Care
16760 Lincoln St
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 935-3311
Pedaling for Parkinson's
YMCA Tri-Cities
1 Y Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 842-7051 
Permission from physician required
Classes run Tues, Thurs, & Friday
10:30 am - 11:15 am
$10 pass for non-members, free to members


Ballroom Dance Class: Dancing with Parkinson's Disease
Meets Every Tuesday. Times have not been finalized at this time.
Mary Free Bed Adaptive Sports Program is offering a Ballroom Dance class. This dance class will provide fun and enjoyable exercise routines to calm and relax the symptoms of PD. This class is suitable for all age groups, and for people with neurological and/or physical disabilities. A dance partner is encouraged but not mandatory.

Mary Free Bed YMCA
5500 Burton St, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
(616) 285-9077

NOTE: PROGRAM NOT YET FINALIZED. Contact Jo Garber at (941) 587-9420 for the most current and up to date information related to this program.

Grand Rapids Ballet School: Dancing with Parkinson's Disease
Meets Every Tuesday
12:00pm - 12:45pm
This 45 minute movement class is designed to increase the flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination of persons with Parkinson's Disease. The class progresses from seated exercises to standing exercises at a bar to movements across the floor, all to live piano accompaniment. Spouses, caretakers, and friends are all encouraged to participate!

Grand Rapids Ballet
Meijer-Royce Center for Dance
341 Ellsworth Ave, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Contact Attila Mosolygo at AttilaM@grballet.com
The Grand Rapids Ballet Main Office phone is: (616) 454-4771 ext. 17


Tri Cities Support Group Weekly Exercise Program
Thursdays at 9 am
Wescourt Retirement Community, Saginaw 48603
Free of charge
Contact Martin Mann (989) 577-9574

Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club
(MAC) Parkinson's Fitness Programs
Several programs available free of charge
thanks to the generosity of MakingTheTurn Golf
2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing MI 48823
Call Russ Zalkin, MAC Fitness &
Personal Training Manager (517) 364-8824

Starting March 14, 2017
Tuesdays 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Carl's Center Room
2138 Health Professions Building
Central Michigan University
Contact (989) 774-3904
*PWR!MOVES is a Parkinson's Disease
Specific skill training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements.
Contact: Caitlyn Madsen: madese1ca@cmich.edu
Or (630) 864-7528
Jamie Haines: haine1jj@cmich.edu
or (989) 415-0418

Power Up Exercise Class
Class meets Every Monday during the school year from 4:30pm - 5:45pm
This class is led by Cathy Harro, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program,

Grand Valley State University
Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS)
301 Michigan St, NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

There is an approval process: Contact Cathy at (616) 331-5974 and she will follow up with you with an evaluation/screening appointment as well as describing the level of activity. There is no charge and both men and women may participate. A doctor's approval is required.

Rock Steady Boxing - Gloved Ones
1010 Ballard St
Lansing, MI 48906
(517) 449-5995
Rock Steady Boxing - Mid Michigan
1914 S. Saginaw Rd
Midland, MI 48640
(844) 829-2774
Pedaling and Rock Steady
YMCA Jackson
127 W Wesley St
Jackson, MI 49201


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Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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World Parkinson Coalition

Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations