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Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program

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The goal of the Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program at the UH Fitness Center in Avon is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease by improving their physical and emotional fitness in a fun and safe environment that encourages healthy choices and camaraderie. The program is a collaboration between University Hospitals Neurological Institute and the UH Fitness Center in Avon.

What Does This Program Involve?

Our exercise program includes:

  • Delay the Disease: A fitness class designed to target symptoms and improve functional tasks for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
  • Educational presentations: Experts in a variety of fields provide educational presentations relating to Parkinson’s Disease. This is a great opportunity to get to know class members and learn new techniques to keep yourself healthy.
  • Mindful Movement: A yoga class designed specifically for people living with Parkinson’s disease. It is adapted to reach all levels of ability, and encourages mind and body connection with a focus on proper breathing techniques.
  • Rock Steady Boxing: A “noncontact boxing style” fitness program for Parkinson’s disease, specifically encouraging hand-eye coordination, footwork and memory recall. The program establishes rhythm, gait, balance, breathing, voice activation, posture awareness, fun and camaraderie.

How Do I Get Started?

To get started with our program, follow these steps:

  1. Contact Kelly Kacenjar (Kelly.Kacenjar@UHHospitals.org) or call 440-328-3446 (voicemail line) to determine if there are openings in the program. Please allow two business days for a response.
  2. Provide a medical waiver signed by your physician allowing you to participate in the Parkinson’s disease exercise program.
  3. Our coordinator will contact you to schedule a pre-program assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program