Monday, January 24, 2022

Parkinson's Fitness | Ability-based Exercise, Arts and Movement Programs January 24 - 30th, 2022


This Week's Activities: January 24th - 30th, 2022

Hello friends!
Thanks for staying moving with us! We hope you are staying warm and active during these winter months.

If you are looking to participate in an in-person class this week, check out the Friday 10am Lynnfield COA class with Sally Zagnoli. Please note these updates:

  • Dianna’s Monday class will now begin at 1:00pm.
  • Kim’s Wednesday class and Dianna's Friday class are via Zoom only this week.
  • Dianna’s Thursday class will resume in February.

Remember to keep scrolling all the way down this email for some great articles and a delicious recipe!

Stay well,
-Linda & Keith

We have a favor to ask. It's important that we know who is participating in our virtual classes. Please have at least your first name and last initial listed as your name that comes up during a class meeting.
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 the name you'd like to appear and click “OK”.
Option 3 
Click on Chat on your screen and type a message to the instructor with your full name.
Instructors are happy to walk you through this process at the beginning or end of class.

In-Person Parkinson's Fitness Classes

Given the weather and Covid updates, we recommend that you call the contact #’s listed below to make sure the in-person class is being held before you drive there.
Masks are currently required at our in-person locations. Look to the blue box under this section for links to our ongoing Zoom and recorded classes.

Thursdays at 10:30am
This class will not be held in January. It will resume in February.
Balance in Motion Class with Dianna at Cape Ann Museum Green
CAM Green is the Cape Ann Museum's new space, located at 13 Poplar Street in Gloucester. To confirm class will be held (2/3 and later), 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
This class will only be held via Zoom in January.
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.

Monday at 1:00pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
Meeting ID: 813 4171 7802
Passcode: 12345


Tuesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 854 1251 5769
Password: 071944


Wednesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 814 5891 7700
Passcode: 585710


Wednesday at 1pm Breath and Stretch Yoga with Dianna
Meeting ID: 818 8748 2663
Password: 12345


Thursday at 10am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 898 0150 6021
Password: 196074


Friday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688
Passcode: 12345


Saturday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 864 3112 0242
Password: 844267


Looking for more exercise options? Here is the Link to Dianna’s channel where you can find workout videos:
Here is a Link to a Recorded Workout with Kim:

News, Articles, Education & Fun Things
The Power of Protein at Breakfast
It’s estimated that about 70-80% of individuals are making time for the first meal of the day. Due to the pandemic and working from home, you might have found yourself consuming breakfast more frequently this past year. No matter what your breakfast looks like, gourmet or minimal, protein is one macronutrient we think you may want to include! Loseit takes a look at the benefits of increasing your protein intake at breakfast and break down which healthy sources of protein to add to your grocery list. Click to Read the Article

Medication, Protein and Parkinson's
In another article, Davis Phinney Foundation looks specifically at protein and how it may effect people with Parkinson's. They say that for most people in the early stages of Parkinson’s, it doesn’t matter when foods with protein are eaten, and when the medication carbidopa-levodopa is taken. For others, if medication is taken with a high protein meal, they experience more OFF periods with motor fluctuations, such as gait freezing. Since protein appears to be the culprit, many people begin eating less protein. However, as movement disorder specialist Dr. Cherian Karunapuzh says, “limiting protein in people with Parkinson’s is a bad idea.” Click to Read More
How to Improve Gait in Parkinson's Disease

Problems with walking and balance are common in people with Parkinson's disease, often because of bradykinesia (slowness of movement), tremor, or rigidity, says Fay Horak, PhD, PT, professor of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Another part of disease progression, she says, is a decline in proprioception—the body's ability to sense position, movement, and location—which can complicate walking. The most recent issue of Brain & Life magazine looks at walking and Parkinson's. Click to Read
Webinar: Monday, February 14th: Taking Research from the Lab to Our Lives
APDA will host Dr. Gilbert again on February 14th. In this special episode of Dr. Gilbert Hosts, we will speak to APDA-funded researchers about their current research projects along with doctors who are treating patients to discuss the potential these research projects have to dramatically improve the lives of those living with PD.
If you’re wondering:
  • Will research being done today help me in the near future?
  • Why does it take so long for new treatments to be approved?
  • What are the steps that it takes for a research idea to become a new treatment?
then this is the webinar for you! Registration is required. Click to Register
Get Your Guide to Parkinson's from Davis Phinney Foundation
First published in 2010, the Every Victory Counts® manual broke new ground as the only resource of its kind, devoted solely to the principle of proactive self-care and a holistic approach to managing Parkinson’s. Now in its sixth edition, the manual is the cornerstone of our new Every Victory Counts suite of resources, a robust collection of printed and digital manuals that embrace the Davis Phinney Foundation’s philosophy of taking action to improve your quality of life with Parkinson’s. Click to get your free copy available in a digital or a printed edition.

Come Bowl on Mondays!
Bowling has started back up at Sunnyside in Danvers on Mondays at 10am. Come join us! All levels welcome.

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
Recipe to Try: Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe from Cookie and Kate looks like a perfect, warm soup for our cold winter months. It is a light and creamy, vegan butternut squash soup recipe seasoned with Thai red curry paste and swirled with coconut milk.
Ingredients Makes 6 cups
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
  • 2 pound butternut or kabocha squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small ½-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Thai red curry paste*
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes (up to ¼ teaspoon for spicier soup)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) vegetable broth
  • ½ cup full fat coconut milk for drizzling on top
  • ½ cup large, unsweetened coconut flakes**
  • Handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
*Look for Thai paste in the Asian section of the grocery store. 
**Look for unsweetened coconut flakes in the baking section of grocery stores.
  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add squash, onion, garlic, curry paste, coriander, cumin, salt and red pepper flakes to skillet. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until squash is soft, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, toast the coconut flakes in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden on the edges. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn. Transfer coconut flakes to a bowl to cool.
  4. Once the squash mixture is done cooking, taste and add a little more Thai red curry paste if it’s not quite flavorful enough for you. Remove the soup from heat and let it cool slightly. Working in batches, transfer the contents to a blender (do not fill your blender past the maximum fill line and be careful with the hot soup!). Securely fasten the lid and use a kitchen towel to protect your hand from steam escaping from the top of the blender as you purée the mixture until smooth. Transfer puréed soup to a serving bowl and repeat with remaining batches.
  5. Stir the lime juice into the blended soup. Taste and season with additional salt if necessary. Ladle soup into individual bowls. Use a spoon to drizzle coconut milk over each bowl, then lightly swirl the spoon through the topmost layer for a pretty design. Top the soup with toasted coconut flakes and a sprinkle of chopped fresh cilantro.
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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