Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program

The goal of the Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Program at the Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health Center 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 Fitness Center at University Hospitals Avon Health Center.

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.
  • 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.
  • Cycling: Indoor cycling class designed especially for people with Parkinson's disease. It has been shown to manage symptoms associated with Parkinson's.
  • Educational presentations: Experts in a variety of fields provide monthly educational presentations.

How Do I Get Started?

To get started with our program, follow these steps:

  1. Contact Jordan Smith, Jordan.Smith@UHHospitals.org; 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. Schedule a free pre-program assessment by calling Dr. Camilla Kilbane’s office at 216-844-5752 and choose option 3 to schedule your pre-program assessment. Mention your request to participate in the Parkinson’s exercise classes.
  4. The assessment will take place at the University Hospitals Neurological Institute, 950 Clague Road, Building B, Suite 101, Westlake, OH. The assessment takes 30 minutes to an hour. Please allow us to determine the appropriate level of class for you.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Program

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