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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)

 


Click a region below for a printable list of Exercise and Dance classes:

  pdf SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN (325 KB)         pdf SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN (107 KB)

  pdf NORTHERN MICHIGAN (292 KB)         pdf MID MICHIGAN (114 KB)

  pdf WEST MICHIGAN (326 KB)                   pdf *TOLEDO,OHIO (109 KB)

 

EXERCISE PROGRAMS

DANCE PROGRAMS

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor: Pedaling for Parkinson's
Health Innovation Coordinator
YMCA Ann Arbor
400 W Washington St
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Mon, Wed & Fri 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Release/Permission from Physician required
Contact Ann Brennan (734) 996-9622
abrennan@AnnArborYMCA.org
Free to members, $25 per 7 week session

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

Beverly Hills: Rock Steady Boxing
7 week course
Mon, Tues & Thurs (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)
Friday (11:30 am - 1:30 pm)
$147.50 non-member fee
Instructors: Patrick & Jason
Beverly Hills Club
31555 Southfield Rd
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
beverlyhills@rsbaffiliate.com

Clinton Twp:The Recovery Project
PWR! Gym workout classes, Yoga, and more
15500 19 Mile Road, Suite 330,
Clinton Township, MI 48038
Contact (855) 877-1944 - There is a fee

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

Grand Blanc: PWR! PD Exercise Group
Every Tuesday PWR! Class - 10:00 am
Every Thursday PWR! Cycle - 10:00 am
Members free,
Non-members $15 per class
Genesys Athletic Club
901 Health Park Blvd.
Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Contact: Angee Ludwa @ 248-760-2019
or aludwa@comcast.net

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

Livonia: Rock Steady Boxing - Livonia
The Recovery Project
20000 Victor Pkwy Ste 100
Livonia, MI 48152
kanderson@therecoveryproject.net
(855) 877-1944

Novi: Rock Steady Boxing
Sports Club of Novi
42500 Nick Lidstrom Dr.
Novi, MI 48375
novisportsclub@rsbaffiliate.com (248) 735-8850 ext.217

Oxford: Rock Steady Boxing
The Legacy Center of Oxford
2125 Noble Rd
Oxford, MI 48370
Contact: Maria Abboud
Bullz Boxing Club
248-296-4321

Rochester Hills: PD Adaptive Exercise Group
St. Irenaeus Church
771 Old Perch Rd.
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Thursdays 9:30 am
Instructor Carol Schram (586) 453-2162

Royal Oak: PD Exercise Group
Beaumont Health System
3555 W. 13 Mile Rd
Neuroscience Center
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Weds 3:00 pm
$13.33 per class
Contact Jackie (248) 551-1000

Troy: PD Fitness for Life (Martial Arts Program)
Tues & Thurs 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Free 1st session
6 Degree Burn Fitness Studio
1825 Brinston Dr.
Troy, MI 48083
Mike Demeter (248) 270-5676

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

Warren: PD Exercise Group
St. John Macomb - Medical Center
12000 E. 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48093
Thursday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Release/Permission from Physician required
(586) 573-5123

West Bloomfield: Rock Steady Boxing - Oakland
6231 Orchard Lake Rd
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
oaklandcounty@rsbaffiliate.com
(248) 872-0262

*Toledo, Ohio: International Boxing Club (IBC)
5965 Telegraph Road
Toledo, OHIO 43612
419-450-8435 Coach Harry Cummins
E-mail: hec3rd@aol.com
About Knock Out Parkinson's: Parkinson's (KOP) is a therapeutic boxing program for individuals of varying ages diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The coach is a Certified Rock Steady Boxing Trainer. The program is a result of a Capstone project developed by a recent University of Toledo Occupational Therapy Doctorate graduate, Rachel Lopez (Martinez). There is NO FEE for this program.
Schedule for Knock Out Parkinson's
Monday - 9am to 10am
Tuesday - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Wednesday - 9am to 10am
Thursday - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Friday - 9am to 10am
Click on this link to see a GREAT video about the program:
http://www.ibctoledo.org/knock-out-parkinsons.html

 

SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

Ann Arbor: Parkinson's Movement & Dance Class
Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Turner Senior Resource Center
Sept 27-Nov 1
Jan 24-Feb 28
Mar 14-April 18
For more info and registration call:
Rachel Dewees @ 734-998-9350

Bloomfield: Movingthru – Parkinson’s & Dance
Thursdays, 1:45PM – 2:30PM – 1/2 hour social time after class
in the Bloomfield Township Senior Center Cafe
4/classes Non Res $24
FREE for Township Residents
Preregistration required – no drop-ins
Bloomfield Township Senior Center
4315 Andover Rd.
Bloomfield Township , MI 48302
Visit the website here.
For more information or to register please click here or call 248.723.3500

Bingham Farms: Yoga for Parkinson's & Other Neurologic Diseases
TBD - call for details
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Yoga session and light snacks
Join registered yoga and mediation for patients suffering neurologic diseases.
A brief presentation by Dr.Schechter on Apokyn for treating Parkinson's Disease
RSVP - 248-855-7495 or 248-514-4915
Space is limited
Location:
Michigan Parkinson Foundation
30400 Telegraph Road, Room 151
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Pontiac: Dance for Parkinson's Disease
Tuesdays 10:45AM – 12:00PM
Free and open to the public
Lead Teacher: Take Root Co-Director/Co-Founder Ali Woerner and/or Take Root Rehearsal Director Vivian Costello
Host organization: Take Root
Styles Taught: ballet, modern, jazz and tap.
Saint Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital
Wellness Center
44405 Woodward Ave
Pontiac MI, 48341
For more information and an updated schedule, click here.

Pontiac: St.Joseph Mercy Oakland's Wellness Center Studio
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341
Main Campus Phone# 858-3000
All classes are free and open to the public
Registration is required 
To register call: 248-858-6200
For more info, visit the website at www.takerootdance.com
Dance for Parkinson's Disease participants will be empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. This class is an aesthetic experience that uses the elements of narrative, imagery and community to develop artistry and grace while addressing such PD specific concerns as balance, flexibility, coordination, isolation and depression. The classes engage participants' minds and bodies, and create an enjoyable, social enviroment that emphasizes dancing rather than therapy. Active demonstration by professional dancers inspires participants to recapture grace, while guided improvisation fosters creativity, and experimentation with movement.

Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's hosted by Take Root
11:00am - 12:15pm Meets weekly
Contact Ali Woener takerootdance@gmail.com No 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

(Times: 11:00 am - 12:15pm)
2017: Sep 23, Oct 21, Nov 4, Dec 9
2018: Jan 6, Feb 10, Mar 24, April 7

Rochester: Older Person's Commision (OPC)
650 Letica Drive
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 656-1403
Every Wednesday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
opcseniorcenter.org
Contact: Alli Woerner: takerootdance@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN (Exercise)

Kalamazoo: YMCA in Portage
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Delay the Disease: 3 levels 
(level is determined by assessment)
2900 W. Centre Street
Portage, MI 49024
Contact Trish Harrison (269) 459-4881
DTD Certified Instructor: Sheri Shon (269) 459-4881
Fee is $90 for Y memebers
$160 for community/nonmembers

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN (Dance)

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (Exercise)

Marquette: 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
 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (Dance)

Frankfort: Dancing for Parkinson's
Betsie Hosick Fitness Center
102 Airport Road
Frankfort, Michigan 49635
Every Thursday at 11:00 am
$7.50 for non members. Free for members.
Call Jo-Ann Tarkington @ 231-352-9661
 

Marquette: Movement and Dance for Those with Parkinson’s
Tuesdays and Fridays 2:00 – 3:15 PM
Saturdays 1:00- 2:15 PM
Free of charge
Lead Teacher: Marge Sklar
Sponsoring organizations: Dance Zone and Lake Superior Hospice
Dance Zone
1113 Lincoln Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
For more information or to register please contact Marge Sklar at (906) 236-1457
or via email by marge@dancezonemqt.org

WEST MICHIGAN (Exercise)

Grand Rapids: Adaptive Yoga for People with Parkinson's
Class meets Every Monday from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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 decreases stress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation.
Katherine Florentine, ERYT500, has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 20 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

Grand Rapids: 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. 

Grand Haven: GO Group
Exercise based class with educational, speech,
and cognitive components
Runs on a 6 week basis
every Friday from 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Generations Care-Muskegon
945 E. Sherman Blvd
Muskegon, MI 49444
Ability to run class at Generation Care clinic as well
$48.00 for 6 week class
Need to call for availiability and when the next class is starting
(231) 737-4373

Grand Haven: Pedaling for Parkinson's
YMCA Tri-Cities
1 Y Dr.
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Contact: Erica Phelps
(616) 842-7051 ext. 224
Permission from physician required
Classes run Tues, Thurs, & Friday
10:30 am - 11:15 am
$10 pass for non-members, free to members

Grand Haven: Pedaling For Parkinson's
Tandem bicycling
$6.00 per ride, with volunteer rider, which GC could help to coordinate. 
Located at
Generation Care Grand Haven
16760 Lincoln St.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Grand Rapids: 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) 685-4444
There is a fee.

Grand Rapids: 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.

Grand Rapids: Rock Steady Boxing
West Michigan, LLC
6538 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
westmichigan@rsbaffiliate.com
(616) 634-4250

Grand Rapids: 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

Holland: Pedaling for Parkinson's
Evergreen Commons
480 State St
Holland, MI 49423
kdraeger@evergreencommons.org
(616) 355-5108


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


Muskegon: Parkinson's Pool Class
Exercise based class
Monday and Thursday from 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Generation Care-Muskegon
945 E. Sherman Blvd
Muskegon, MI 49444
$6.00 per class, can purchase a punch card-
for a slightly discounted per class rate
No monthly commitment required
We have the capabilities to run this class at our
Generation Care Grand Haven location but haven't had enough interest

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

Wyoming: 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 Parkinson Association of West MI Exercise Group (616) 252-7199

Wyoming: 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
Free

WEST MICHIGAN (Dance)

Grand Haven: Dancing for Parkinson’s/West Michigan - Lakeshore
Wednesdays, 1:30 to 2:30 PM
Financial Support Provided, in part, by Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan
Head Teacher: Cathy Gamby
Assistant Head Teacher: MiMi Dunne
Accompanist: Karen Frederiksen
Coordinator and teacher: Janice White
Classes held at
Spotlight Dance Academy
1445 Columbus Avenue
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Classes are free, however donations are welcome.
Questions: DancingForParkinsons@gmail.com or
call Jan at (616) 846-4097
Vist our Website at: danceforpd.org
Please join us! All PD levels, plus family member or caregiver welcome. Call to confirm class dates.

Grand Rapids: 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: GR 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

MID MICHIGAN (Exercise)

Jackson: Pedaling for Parkinson's
YMCA Jackson
127 W Wesley St
Jackson, MI 49201
Mon, Wed & Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor Jennie Lapp (517) 784-9622

Jackson: Pedaling for Parkinson's
Contact the Jackson YMCA (517) 782-0537
 
Jackson: Summit Branch YMCA
Rock Steady Boxing on Tues, Thurs & Sat 
1 pm - 2:30 pm 
Mailynn Pratt, Instructor (517) 240-9022
2151 Ferguson Rd. 
Jackson, MI 49201

Lansing: 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

Lansing: Rock Steady Boxing - Gloved Ones
1010 Ballard St
Lansing, MI 48906
Every Tues. starting Aug. 15
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$60 per month - 12 classes
glovedones@rsbaffiliate.com
(517) 449-5995

Lansing: 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

Midland: Mid Michigan Medical Center
Bay Medical Center Rehabilitation West Campus
4000 Wellness Dr, Midland, MI 48670
Weekly classes
$2.00 per session
(989) 667-6767

Midland: Rock Steady Boxing - Mid Michigan
1914 S. Saginaw Rd
Midland, MI 48640
Mon - Thurs
9:00 am - 11 am, and 5:30 pm
midmichigan@rsbaffiliate.com
(844) 829-2778

Mt. Pleasant: MOVE FOR HEALTH - PWR!MOVES
Starting September 11th, 2017
Tuesdays 2:30 pm
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: Danielle Puckett at pucke1dn@cmich.eduor (313) 820-9975

Saginaw: 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

MID MICHIGAN (Dance)

*Located out of state

Our Location

30400 Telegraph Road, Suite 150
Bingham Farms, MI 48025

Contact us

(248) 433-1011
Toll Free: (800) 852-9781
Email Us
Mon-Fri: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Our Partners

World Parkinson Coalition

Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations