Exercise & Lifestyle

"I don’t know how to get started."

"Exercise is boring or too hard."

"Exercise leaders don’t understand people with Parkinson’s disease."

We’ve heard all the excuses and know exactly how to overcome them.

Exercise programs provide a welcoming place to participate in professionally led classes, tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson’s disease. Leaders and fellow participants provide the motivation and accountability that are critical to establishing and maintaining healthy new habits. The classes also provide a good venue for sharing information, experiences, and emotional support.

Exercise is a realistic and practical way to fight Parkinson’s disease.
- American Parkinson Disease Association

Recent studies support the value of regular exercise in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In addition to enhancing physical abilities, exercise improves cognitive functions, overall mood, a sense of well-being. It can also help decrease depression. For most people with Parkinson’s disease, exercise can be an important tool for managing the disease.

Exercise is as important as medication for the management of Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson Disease Foundation

Have you been thinking about exercise but aren’t quite sure how to start? Would you benefit from a dynamic group class to keep you motivated and continuing? Call us! Locations and times are convenient with program sites continuously being added around the region. All facilities are accessible. Leaders are knowledgeable, energetic, and helpful. And best of all, classes are fun!

Exercise is a great way to change one’s physical and emotional states. It also helps to add mobility, flexibility and bone strength. And, being in a group setting adds the best medicine of all . . . laughter. Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
- Parkinson Disease Foundation

Please contact David Von Hofen at 412.837.2542 or info@pfwpa.org with questions or for additional information on exercise programs, please click here for pdf.

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PEAN Programs in Western PA

 

GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network – Foundations Class

GZSPN® Foundation class was created to help PWP improve their quality of life by restoring lost functions. It uses exercises that have been proven to help handwriting, gait, walking, rigidity, balance, posture etc. One of the keys to its success is to continuously raise the bar by progressing with more reps, holding pose’s longer, moving to more advanced challenges etc.

Delay The Disease™

Ohio Health Delay the Disease™ is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by targeting their symptoms and optimizing their physical function. This Parkinson's specific fitness program is designed to proactively minimize tremors and improve flexibility, stability, balance and strength. Classes include exercises to improve activities of daily living, like getting out of bed, getting off the floor, getting out of the car, getting out of the chair, dressing, freezing, posture, rigidity, moving about in crowds, and lots more.

Dance for Parkinson’s

Dance for Parkinson's is modeled after Dance for PD®, a renowned program which is gaining popularity and support throughout the world. The program offers specialized dance classes accompanied for people with Parkinson's, their caregivers, family members and friends. Professional teaching artists from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing to engage participants’ minds and bodies and create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. Dance for Parkinson’s is appropriate for anyone with PD, no matter how advanced. No dance experience is required.

Rock Steady Boxing

People with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their daily quality of life and even build impressive power, strength, flexibility and speed! By exercising with Coaches who know the ropes, you can fight your way out of the corner and start to feel and function better. Boxing works by moving your body in all planes of motion while continuously changing the routine as you progress through the workout. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier/happier life.

Parkinson’s Wellness Program

This exercise program is a chair based class which means that all of the exercises are done (or can be modified to be done) from a seated position. Exercises include aerobic and resistance or strength training, stretching, balance, facial and voice exercises. The program is designed to challenge each participant without being overwhelming. These classes are most beneficial for those with moderate to severe symptoms and who have difficulty with balance and/or walking.

Parkinson’s Exercise and Activities Network Classes

 

 

Delay The Disease® Classes

Bellevue
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Parkinson Foundation Western PA
575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 101
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
412-837-2542
Susan Buhr, Exercise Leader

Sewickley
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sewickley Valley YMCA
625 Blackburn Rd.
Sewickley, PA 15143
412-741-9622 x 121
Adriane Stoner

South Hills
Wednesday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Jefferson Hills Healthcare and Rehab Center
448 Old Clairton Rd.
Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
412-532-2721
Ruth Medwig and Sylvia DiSimone

Plum Boro
Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Sampson Family YMCA
2200 Golden Mile Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
724-327-4667
Coleen Bortz, Leader

Harmarville
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
HealthSouth Harmarville
320 Guys Run Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Casey Rodak
412-826-2739
casey.rodak@healthsouth.com
Please call to sign up prior to participating

Meadville
Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Wesbury Retirement Community
31 N. Park Ave.
Meadville, PA 16335
Greg Brink, 877-937-2879

Grove City
Two 1 on 1 sessions/week
1 group class/week
Grove City YMCA
543 East Main Street Ext.
Grove City, PA 16127
For schedule information call Shelby Conn
724-458-9781

Mercer
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Advanced Class
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
10:00 – 11:00 am – Intermediate Class
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Beginners’ Class
Cool Springs Fitness
1051 East Cornell Rd.
Mercer, PA 16137
Carol Giangiordano, Leader, 724-662-1910

Cranberry
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rose Schneider Family YMCA
2001 Ehrman Rd.
Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
724-452-9122 x 219
Sandy Ihlenfeld

Butler
Monday/Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Butler YMCA
339 N Washington St.
Butler, PA 16001
724-287-4733 x 115
Sandy Ihlenfeld

Indiana
Wednesday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Scenery Hill Manor
680 Lions Health Camp Rd.
Indiana, PA 15701
724-463-7600
Wendy Bingler
Meets April – October/call prior to participating

Kittanning
Monday/Wednesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Richard G Snyder YMCA
1150 N Water St.
Kittanning, PA 16201
724-545-9622
Robin Bowser and Carrie Burtt

Brockway
Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Highland View Healthcare and Rehab Center
90 Main St.
Brockway, PA 15824
814-265-8265
Jessica Schuckers and Tera Painter

Punxsutawney
Thursday, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Mulberry Square
411 West Mahoning St.
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-938-1176
MeriBeth Hetrick

Smethport
Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:00 pm
Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
15 West Willow St.
Smethport, PA 16749
814-887-5716
Jeremy Stiles

Tyrone
Monday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Epsworth Manor
951 Washington Ave.
Tyrone, PA 16686
814-684-0320 ext 2543
Kent Long

Laporte
Highlands Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
918 Main St., Suite 1
Laporte, PA 18626
Call for more information

Wellsboro
Wednesday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Carleton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
10 West Ave.
Wellsboro, PA 16901
570-724-2631
Keith Benjamin

Wheeling, WV
Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Peterson Rehabilitation and Geriatric Center
20 Homestead Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-234-0563
Betsy Myers

 

GZ Sobol’s Foundations® Classes

Kennedy Township
Monday/Thursday, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
The Willows
32 Heckel Rd.
McKees Rocks, PA 15136
412-489-3231
Jill Cersosimo, Director of Healthy Living, Western Area YMCA

Penn Hills
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Wednesday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Penn Hills YMCA
11817 Frankstown Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15235
412-795-2600
Kayla Gilkey

Plum Boro
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sampson Family YMCA
2200 Golden Mile Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15239
724-327-4667
Coleen Bortz, Leader

Delmont
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Delmont YMCA
6750 Hollywood Blvd.
Delmont, PA 15626
724-468-0390
Lisa Bernardi, Leader

Greensburg
Monday, 1:00 – 1:45 pm
The Aerobic Center
526 New Alexandria Rd.
Greensburg, PA 15601
724-834-2153
Marianne Anzovino

 

Rock Steady Boxing©

Jack’s Boxing Gym
7822 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh/McCandless Township, PA 15237
412-585-6261
Maria Berexa & Kathy Gonano, Certified Trainers

Fit 4 Boxing Club
4706 William Flynn Highway (Route 8)
Allison Park, PA 15101
412-213-3584
rich@fit4boxingcom.com
www.fit4boxingclub.com
Rich Mushinsky, Jess Hatheway and Brett Burkhart, Certified Trainers

Wolfpack Boxing Club
1000 Gregg St.
Carnegie, PA 15106
412-335-2419
Jeff Mucci and Marta Phelps, Certified Trainers

Dance for Parkinson’s

Monday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2900 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-454-9105
Jamie Murphy and Kaila Lewis, Instructors

Parkinson’s Wellness Program

Sterling Yoga & Wellness Center - South Hills
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
393 Vanadium Road, Suite 201
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
412-260-0533
Sterling Painton, Exercise Leader

Yoga

Move and Groove Yoga *classes start on June 23rd*
Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Parkinson Foundation Western PA
575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 101
Bellevue, PA 15202
412-576-6612
Carol McClenahan, Yoga Instructor

Brain Health Center Yoga
Thursday, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Brain Health Center by Dr. Nussbaum
100 Bradford Rd., #200
Wexford, PA 15090
724-719-2833
Walt Gasiorowski, Yoga Instructor

PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery)

Fox Chapel
Saturday, 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Greater Pittsburgh Wellness at Fox Chapel Yacht Club
1366 Old Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
412-963-6460
Please call prior to participating

Ligonier
Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Graceful Aging Wellness Center
135 Kalassay Drive
Ligonier, PA 15658
724-238-2142
Call Bethlen Communities to register

Chronic Illness Wellness Program (not exclusively for those with PD)

Thursday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Presbyterian Senior Care
835 South Main St.
Washington, PA 15301
724-223-5726
Amy Lolley, Exercise Leader


For additional information on program sites and enrollment, please contact David Von Hofen, Director of Programs and Outreach: 412-837-2542 or dvonhofen@pfwpa.org

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The Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is the Pittsburgh region’s leading advocacy organization for Parkinson’s patients, their families and professional caregivers offering a variety of services related to Parkinson’s disease. Since 1995, the Parkinson’s community has relied on us for exercise, education and support programs as well as referrals to leading healthcare providers specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is fully funded through private donations.
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