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The Benefits of Exercise for
Parkinson’s Disease

Moving, Together.

Exercise is beneficial for general health and can assist in managing both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. For those with Parkinson’s, exercise has been shown to:

The best exercise for Parkinson’s is care-team approved, gets your body moving, is safe for you, and one that you enjoy so you’ll stick with it. Aerobic activity, strength training, balance and agility, and stretching are all great options with unique benefits.
We offer classes taught by physical therapists who specialize in neurological disorders and instructors certified in Adaptive Yoga.

Michigan Parkinson Foundation YouTube Channel

Click to view our YouTube videos: exercise and education available to you on demand!

Tips For Getting Started

Start slow

Everest can’t be climbed in a day. Make small changes one at a time.

Commit to goals

Keep your goals manageable and on a timeline.

Prepare now for later

Prepare meals ahead of time or order groceries online.

Balance diet & exercise

Eating right and movement promotes cognitive function.

Seek expert advice

Explore information, programs, and resources for people with Parkinson’s and caregivers.

Start slow

Everest can’t be climbed in a day. Make small changes one at a time.

Prepare now for later

Prepare meals ahead of time or order groceries online.

Commit to goals

Keep your goals manageable and on a timeline.

Balance diet & exercise

Eating right and movement promotes cognitive function.

Seek expert advice

Explore information, programs, and resources for people with Parkinson’s and caregivers.

Free Exercise Classes

Programs, Schedules, and More

The Michigan Parkinson Foundation offers exercise classes via ZOOM at 10:00 AM Monday through Saturday. Our exercise programs are evidence-based and taught by physical therapists who specialize in neurological disorders and Yoga instructors certified in Adaptive Yoga.
EXERCISE CLASS SCHEDULE
At the scheduled time, visit this link
Meeting ID: 813 7303 6837
Password: MPF2020
Watch recorded virtual exercise sessions on our YouTube.
DANCE CLASSES

Speech Therapy

Parkinson’s disease can affect speech in several ways. Those with PD may speak quietly and in one tone without conveying emotion. They might slur words, mumble, or trail off. Speech problems can make it difficult to communicate with family, friends, co-workers and physicians and can limit social interactions. Parkinson’s medication adjustments sometimes help with speech problems, but speech therapy typically is the main treatment.
The Michigan Parkinson Foundation has partnered with the Andrews University Speech and Hearing Clinic to deliver SPEAK OUT!® & The LOUD Crowd®, a speech therapy program developed for people with Parkinson’s.
Complete the application and email to director@parkinsonsmi.org.

Exercise classes by county

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Additional Services

Support Groups

Join our expansive network of individuals and caretakers to learn more about PD management.

Exercise and Movement Activities

We offer a variety of free daily exercise classes via ZOOM. Let’s get moving!

Mobility Loan Closet

Find organizations that lend medical equipment for minimal or no cost.

8-Week Mindfulness

The practices of mindfulness and self-compassion can support us in our most challenging moments.

Caregiver Training

Receive critical care information for professionals, family caregivers, and those who assist with PD.

PD Self for Newly Diagnosed

Newly diagnosed? Join our program designed to help manage PD and improve quality of life.

Education Opportunities

Learn Together.

We are determined to keep you connected, interested and educated. We have developed many programs throughout Michigan to meet the needs of people with Parkinson’s, their families and healthcare providers. Contact us for more information about any of our educational opportunities.

Michigan Parkinson Foundation YouTube Channel

Virtual Education Series

Support Groups

Bring Communities Together.

Support groups provide people with PD and their families the opportunity to learn more about this condition and its management, while connecting with others living the same experience. Members share how to cope with challenges, maintain a positive attitude, learn about treatment, and more.

Our Mentorship Program

Support from Someone Who Understands

Connecting with others who understand your Parkinson’s journey is very important. The Michigan Parkinson Foundation Mentorship program aims to connect you with people by geography, life experience or stage of Parkinson’s. Whether you’re a care partner, newly diagnosed or have had Parkinson’s for years, we’ll work to find you a mentor match that works for you. Click here to learn more and find a mentor!

Resources & Research

Stay updated on the evolving research for treatments, diagnostics, education and support for Parkinson's and related disorders.

Exercise

Clinical Trials

Nutrients

Neuroplasticity Research

Microbiota- Gut-Brain Axis

Area Agency in Aging

Additional Educational Resources

Stay updated on the evolving research for treatments, diagnostics, education and support for Parkinson's and related disorders.

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More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's Disease.
You are not alone in your journey. We invite you to connect with us.