Monday, August 15, 2022

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


This Week's Activities: August 15 - 21, 2022
Dear Friends
We hope you are enjoying the summer and finding ways to keep cool and hydrated. We're so happy to be seeing more of you in person, and we're back this week! Thank you for continuing to tune in for our virtual classes too.
Have an excellent week!
Linda and Keith
THIS SATURDAY 8/20 11am-3pm
Join us at the Parkinson's Fitness Summer Picnic
Where:  Obear Park, 21 Sylvester Ave, Beverly, MA 01915
Food:  Each person brings their own bag lunch. Water and drinks will be available at the picnic.
Chairs:  There are numerous chairs, picnic tables and benches on site.  
Games:  Bocce, Corn Hole, etc.
Contact:  Please RSVP Gary and Helen Bert:
Text/Phone: 978-810-0469 E-mail:
We're Back this Monday!
Check out Dianna's crew at the fantastic Cape Ann Museum venue in Gloucester on Thursdays at 10:30am!
Living Well with Parkinson's Symposium
"Empowerment through Education & Exercise"
September 24, 2022 10am-2pm
9am – Check-in, Coffee, Exhibits
Danvers Community YMCA 34 Pickering Street
Join Parkinson’s Fitness for this engaging symposium with guest speakers who will offer guidance about how to live stronger and create and maintain enjoyable, safe ways of everyday living. Tickets include entrance to information exhibits and lunch.
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 10:30am In-Person
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, please call Dianna at 857-488-7880.
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.
Monday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
Meeting ID: 813 4171 7802
Passcode: 12345
Tuesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 854 1251 5769
Passcode: 071944
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
Speech Research Study
The Stepp Lab for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University is conducting several research studies related to voice and speech in Parkinson's disease.The lab is currently recruiting participants for a study examining speech in persons with PD. The goal is to understand the relationships between non-invasive objective measures of speech motor control function. They are seeking adults between the ages of 18 and 100 years with or without PD for the studies. Studies may involve 1 – 2  in-person sessions which would each take approximately 2.5 hours and involve speaking and listening tasks carried out inside a sound booth. Email to request information or for details, Click for the Website.
Register for The Victory Summit Virtual Event: Sleep and Parkinson's: Friday, September 9th
If you're like many people living with Parkinson's, getting a good night's sleep on a regular basis can be a challenge. Between dealing with trouble falling or staying asleep to managing sleep disorders such as REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) or restless leg syndrome, excessive sleepiness during the day, and lack of consistency, sleep irregularities are often the most difficult non-motor symptoms to manage.
At the Victory Summit Virtual Event on Friday, September 9th, some of the most sought-after experts in the field will speak about neurodegeneration, light therapy, different types of sleep-related issues, cognition, mood, exercise, and how they all impact a person living with Parkinson's. Click to Register
Save the Date September 18th APDA Cape Cod Optimism Walk
Join us on the Cape for our 2022 Cape Cod Optimism Walk! We'll be at Falmouth High School again this year, so we hope to see you there! Click to Register
Get Togethers
Our friends Gary Bert and his wife Helen have arranged some activities for us to be social. Contact them if you have any interest or questions at or 978-810-0469. Here are some great ways for us to get together:
Bocce Games: Ongoing at the Wenham Council on Aging.
Pickle Ball: Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week at Patten Park in Hamilton. This is a vigorous sport, but the rewards can make it worth the effort.
Bowling: Mondays, 10am at Sunny Lane in Danvers. 
Ping Pong: Various times at the Beverly COA. This is run by a prior Olympic champion who is a great teacher, and you could learn a lot while having a blast. Beverly COA: 978-921-6017.
Golf: Gary will send out more details on the next outing.
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: No-Bake Key Lime Pie
Try this no-cooking summer treat and beat the heat. A classic key lime pie is one of Ree Drummond’s favorite summer desserts, and this no-bake version makes it even easier to enjoy!
Ingredients Makes 6-8 Servings
For the Crust:
  • 12 graham crackers
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter
For the Filling:
  • 3/4 c. heavy cream
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated lime zest (from 1 lime)
  • 1/2 c. key lime juice
  • Whipped cream and lime zest, for serving 
  1. For the crust: Place the graham crackers and brown sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Process until finely ground, about 1 minute. With the processor running, slowly pour in the melted butter. Process the crumbs until they are the texture of coarse sand. Transfer to a deep 9-inch pie plate. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, press the crust into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Press firmly to pack and make an evenly thick crust. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  2. For the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer using a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer with beater attachments), whisk the heavy cream to stiff peaks. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.
  3. In the same stand mixer bowl, place the sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese and lime zest. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium-high speed until smooth and well mixed, about 2 minutes, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add the key lime juice. Increase the speed to medium and mix until well combined. Remove from the stand mixer and gently fold in the whipped cream. 
  4. Transfer the filling to the pie crust and smooth into an even layer. Refrigerate for 12 hours.
  5. Serve topped with additional whipped cream and lime zest.  
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!
 For more information on Parkinson’s Fitness, or to register for our classes go to or contact us at