Monday, October 2, 2023

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



October Newsletter & This Week's Activities: October 2-8


Dear Friends

Happy Fall, All! Pretty soon we'll be seeing the beauty of another season changing. Stick with us this Fall, and try to move every day. Each bit of movement counts toward helping manage your PD symptoms. Check out our in person and Zoom class list below.


Looking for looking for an adventure? Speaking of beauty and seasons, it's dahlia time on the Boulevard in Gloucester, and they are glorious! It's also a great place to take a walk and walker and wheelchair friendly. Check it out and you may see some of these beauties below.


Also, Join Us for Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day this Saturday, October 7th at 9AM at DCR Artesani Park in Boston. Sign up and more information is below in this email.


Lots of great educational opportunities coming up. Details are below in our email, along with some helpful articles. You can also always check out the latest articles, events, class schedules and more by visiting our website.


Take care!

Linda and Keith



In-Person Parkinson's Fitness Classes




This list details our in-person classes. You can click on the underlined address to access a map and directions. Look to the blue box under this section for links to our ongoing Zoom and recorded classes.


Mondays at 10am In-Person

Strength with Kim at Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey Street in MarbleheadTo confirm class will be held, please call the COA at 781-631-6225.




Wednesdays at 11am In-Person

Strength with Kim at Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey Street in MarbleheadTo 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 10:10am In-Person

Balance and Strength Class with Sally at Lynnfield Council on Aging, 525 Salem Street in 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, 25 Stone Street in 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:

Click Here 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 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna

Click Here

Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688

Password: 12345




Wednesday at 1pm Breathe and Stretch Yoga with Dianna

Click Here

Meeting ID: 818 8748 2663

Password: 12345




Thursday at 9:30am Strength with Kim

Click Here

Meeting ID: 898 0150 6021

Password: 196074




Friday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna

In-Person and also on Zoom!

Click Here

Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688

Passcode: 12345



Looking for More Workouts?

Dianna, Sally, and Kim were also featured in Parkinson's Foundation's Fitness Fridays. Click the photos below to try their recorded workouts.





News, Articles, Education & Fun Things



THIS MONDAY, October 2nd at 11am In-Person Support Gathering

Our friend Gail Borden will host another in-person group for folks with Parkinson's and their caregivers. The once monthly group will meet after Kim's exercise class at the Marblehead COA.


Navigating Work with Young Onset PD: THIS WEDNESDAY, October 4th at 3:00 PM

If you’ve been diagnosed with young onset Parkinson disease (YOPD), chances are you’re still in the workforce. You may have concerns about what that looks like long-term - how to manage your symptoms at work, how or when to disclose your diagnosis to your employer and co-workers, and how to plan for early retirement if needed. In this program, we’ll hear from Michael Quaglia, who was diagnosed with YOPD at the age of 42. Though he worked tirelessly to climb the corporate ladder, symptoms took him another direction. Michael will share about his reaction to the diagnosis at the height of his career, his decision to stop working, and the disability process. Click to Register.



Join Us for Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day THIS SATURDAY, October 7th at 9AM at DCR Artesani Park in Boston

Moving Day is an inspiring and empowering annual fundraising walk event that unites people around the country living with Parkinson’s, their care partners and loved ones to help beat PD. Moving Day is more than just a walk. It’s a celebration of movement – proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. Participants and teams fundraise to help the Parkinson’s Foundation provide everything people with Parkinson’s need to live better — from lifesaving resources to delivering quality care to more than 196,700 people living with Parkinson’s to improving Parkinson’s treatments through research. Click to Learn More & Join Our "Parkinson's Fitness" Team.



Thriving Through Occupational Therapy: Independence with Everyday Activities: Thursday, October 12th at 2:30 PM

This second episode of APDA’s new Thriving Through Occupational Therapy series focuses on being safe and independent with everyday activities. Amanda Landsbaum, MS, OTR/L, will share her expertise and explain how little changes can make a big difference throughout the day. Join in and learn:

• Why some daily activities can become difficult for people living with PD

• Concepts for achieving independence and why it’s important

• Helpful strategies for daily tasks

• Resources for further assistance

Amanda Landsbaum, MS, OTR/L will also answer your questions LIVE during the program, so register today to reserve your spot! Click to Register.



Are Nightmares Associated with Neurologic Conditions?

Several neurologic conditions, including narcolepsy, Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia, migraine, posttraumatic stress disorder, and obstructive sleep apnea increase the risk of nightmares. The reasons vary from disorder to disorder. In Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia, the cause is a disturbance in dopamine. In PTSD, nightmares are the result of a heightened fight-or-flight response and overactivation of the nervous system. Click to Read More.



Not All Plant-Based Diets Linked to a Lower Risk of Parkinson's

Experts are exploring the possibility of dietary and lifestyle choices as manipulable factors in staving off or treating Parkinson’s disease and related neurological diseases. A team of European researchers analyzed the diets of over 100,000 individuals, searching for a link between plant-based eating patterns and Parkinson’s disease onset. Their findings concluded that eating healthy plant-based foods could significantly reduce Parkinson’s disease risk for some people. Click to Read More.



Progressing Undetected for Years – Scientists Shed Surprising New Light on Parkinson’s Disease

Were you or a loved one recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? New research indicates that the disease may have been progressing quietly but insidiously for more than 10 years. This study, conducted at the University of Montreal and published in the journal Nature Communications, provides new insights into the surprising resilience of the brain during the asymptomatic period of Parkinson’s. Click to Read More.



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. Instructors are happy to walk you through this process at the beginning or end of class.

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”.



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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