Monday, January 23, 2023

Parkinson's Fitness | Ability-based Exercise, Arts and Movement Programs


This Week's Activities: January 23 - 29, 2023
Dear Friends
Our virtual exercise classes certainly are offering a perfect way to continue your fitness goals with the snowy weather outside. Thanks for sticking with us!
We also encourage you to come out to one of our in person classes. If the weather is severe, please call the host location phone numbers below to ensure class is still happening.
Don't forget! This Friday, January 27th, you are invited to a free Lunch and Learn event about Parkinson's at the Danvers YMCA at 11am. More details are below. Please remember to click and sign up. If you are a participant in Sally’s class and if you want to attend, we won’t mind if you leave a few minutes early to get to the YMCA. Also if you take Dianna's class, feel free to leave a few minutes early.
Take care!
Linda and Keith
In-Person Parkinson's Fitness Classes
This list details our in-person classes. Look to the blue box under this section for links to our ongoing Zoom and recorded classes.
Wednesdays at 11am In-Person
Strength with Kim at Marblehead Council on Aging
Marblehead Council on Aging is located at 10 Humphrey Street Marblehead. To confirm class will be held, please call the COA at 781-631-6225.
Thursdays at 11am In-Person
Balance in Motion Class with Dianna at MAGMA (Movement Arts Gloucester), 186 Main Street in Gloucester
To confirm class will be held, please call Dianna at 857-488-7880.
Fridays at 10am In-Person
Balance and Strength Class with Sally at Lynnfield Council on Aging
Lynnfield Council on Aging is located at 525 Salem Street Lynnfield. To confirm class will be held, please call the COA at 781-598-1078.
Fridays at 1pm In-Person and also on Zoom!
Balance in Motion Class with Dianna at Danvers Council on Aging
Danvers Council on Aging is located at 25 Stone Street Danvers. To confirm class will be held, please call the COA at 978-762-0208.
Can't make it in? Join from home with this link:
Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688
Passcode: 12345
Zoom Parkinson's Fitness Classes
Try these live Zoom and pre-taped classes you can do at home. Do what feels best for your body and clear the area around you so your arms and legs can move freely. Drink plenty of water. Click on the Zoom link below.
Tuesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 854 1251 5769
Passcode: 071944
Tuesday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688
Passcode: 12345
Wednesday at 1pm Breathe and Stretch Yoga with Dianna
Meeting ID: 818 8748 2663
Password: 12345
Thursday at 9:30am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 898 0150 6021
Password: 196074
Friday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
In-Person and also on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688
Passcode: 12345
News, Articles, Education & Fun Things
3 Power Habits for the New Year
While good habits become a source of energy and strength, enabling endless life possibilities, bad habits can act as roadblocks, leaving us perennially frustrated and defeated. As we start 2023, new opportunities arise for good habits to thrive and bad habits to die. The American Council on Exercise shares a great article with 3 achievable goals for the New Year. Click to Read the Article
5 Posture Tips to Keep in Mind this Winter
When poor posture is talked about, often the image that appears in people’s minds is misalignment while in an office work environment—a person slumped in their chair and chin jutting forward while working at a computer. However, good postural alignment is important to keep in mind during various situations and not just while at work. NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) has a great blog article with some tips for improving posture, especially during the cold weather months. Click to Read the Article
Webinar: Anxious Fluctuators: The Role of Anxiety and the On/Off State: Wednesday, February 8th at 3PM
Brought to you by NeuroLife Online, this program focuses on anxiety and PD. Anxiety that occurs in association with On/Off fluctuations can be a significant cause of distress and lower quality of life. Join us for a conversation with Gregory Pontone, MD and Zoltan Mari MD who will discuss:
  • The association between anxiety and on-off fluctuations
  • Whether fluctuations of anxiety in PD exists as its own subtype
  • The quality-of-life impacts
  • How common is this subtype
Webinar Recording: Demoralization, Depression, Meaning, and Parkinson’s
People with Parkinson’s frequently deal with depression symptoms. During this recorded Webinar from Davis Phinney Foundation, Dr. Greg Pontone, Dr. Indu Subramanian, and Dr. Bradley McDaniels speak about how depression and feelings of demoralization and loss of purpose may begin and how to combat them. Click to Watch
Help Keep Us Going You can send a donate via a check c/o Keith & Linda Hall to 46 Brittania Circle Salem, MA 01970, or you can click on the blue button to donate online. Click to Make an Online Donation to Parkinson's Fitness
Please have at your first name and last initial listed during virtual classes.
To change your name before entering a Zoom: 
1) Sign in to and click "Profile". 
2) Click the blue colored word “Edit” that appears on the right hand side next to your name.
To change your name after entering a Zoom: 
1) Click the “Participants” button on the Zoom window.
2) Put your finger or hover your mouse over your name in the “Participants” list on the right side of the Zoom window. 
3) Click “Rename.” Enter your name and click “OK”.
Instructors are happy to walk you through this process at the beginning or end of class.
We welcome donations to Parkinson's Fitness at any time of year–maybe to celebrate a loved one's birthday or special event. You can do so online DONATE HERE. You can also mail a check c/o Keith and Linda Hall to 46 Brittania Circle Salem, MA 01970. Thank you!
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