Monday, April 12, 2021

Parkinson's Fitness | Ability-based Exercise, Arts and Movement Programs April 12-18, 2021

This Week's Activities: April 12-18, 2021

Hello friends!

Happy World Parkinson’s Day! We miss seeing you in person, but hope you are enjoying our virtual classes just as much. 


We want to send a special word of thanks to our friends at APDA Massachusetts. Parkinson’s Fitness has just been awarded a grant from them to fund part of our Spring II programming. We are so grateful!

Below we also have some great articles, a recipe, and other things we've found to share. Our class links are at the end of the email in the blue box.

Stay well,
-Linda & Keith

THIS MONDAY, April 12th at 1:00-2:30PM
Beverly Parkinson Support Group

Ray James, BS, RN, clinical research nurse at Boston University School of Medicine will be facilitating this group to review latest therapies, updates, and to hear from you about your challenges, questions, and ways you're navigating the day-to-day.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 941 6254 8241
Passcode: 150427
Develop a championship team to provide you with care, support and connection

Join Brian Grant Foundation's free Expert Q&A with Dr. Suketu M. Khandhar to develop a championship team to provide you with care, support and connection. Parkinson’s disease takes a concerted, integrated approach to manage well and leverage the power of multidisciplinary care. But where does one begin? How do you develop a care team? Dr. Suketu M. Khandhar is a Movement Disorder Specialist and the Medical Director of the Comprehensive Movement Disorders Program for Northern California, Kaiser Permanente. 
Dr. Gilbert Hosts

Hacks, Tricks & Medication Tweaks to Improve Your Movement and Your Day with Dr. Joseph Friedman

APDA invites you to their next episode of Dr. Gilbert Hosts – a monthly interactive webinar series where APDA’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, speaks with experts in the PD community and opens the conversation up to your questions. Dr. Gilbert will speak with special guest Dr. Joseph Friedman who will share small, but impactful ways that you can adjust your home, your daily routine, and your medication regimen, in order to make each day a bit smoother and more enjoyable. Click Here to Register
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and also the start of Spring! Tulips are a widely recognized symbol for Parkinson’s Disease and begin to bloom with this warmer weather. At the 9th World Parkinson’s Disease Day Conference in 2005, the red tulip, with a fringe of white, became the official symbol of Parkinson’s disease. This tulip, named after Dr. James Parkinson, was developed by J.W.S Van der Wereld, a man who had Parkinson’s Disease. On Tuesday, April 20 at 2 pm, Ailish Moran, a sophomore at Marblehead High School, will be running a tulip painting class. It will be a great way to get creative and celebrate the new season and special month. Watercolors, brushes, and paints will be free and available for pickup at 46 Brittania Circle. Spots are limited. Click Here to Sign Up
REGISTER & SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, April 20th at 5:00PM
A Conversation with Michael J. Fox: On Testing the Limits of Optimism

Michael J. Fox sits down with Foundation Co-Founder Debi Brooks to discuss his latest memoir, “No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality.” Join us for this special conversation during Parkinson’s Awareness Month as Michael answers the question: Are there limits to optimism?

We hope you might choose National Parkinson's Awareness Month to make a tax-deductible donation to Parkinson's Fitness. Our goal is to keep providing no-cost fitness and social activities for as many people effected by PD as we can. You can help us by donating online DONATE HERE. You can also mail a check c/o Keith and Linda Hall to 46 Brittania Circle Salem, MA 01970. Thank you!

Recipe to Try: Salmon Fishcakes with Chilli and Mayo Red Dressing
From, these little fishcake gems are rich in essential omega-3 and so easy to prepare in advance – perfect for storing in the fridge for a later date. No salmon? Substitute other safe and sustainable fish: flounder, Oregon pink shrimp or Dungeness crab. Click to Learn More About the Major Benefits of Salmon

Ingredients Makes 4 servings
  • 2 cups of cooked, flaked salmon or substitute
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup ground white bread crumbs 1 tbsp shredded onion
  • 1 egg 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp canola or avocado oil for sautéing patties
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup chilli sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • 1 tbsp shredded onion
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • ½ avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • Lemon zest
  • 1 dozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill or fennel leaves

1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine half the bread crumbs (reserve other half of bread crumbs for coating) and remainder of ingredients, except cooking oil and lettuce.
2. Mix together and shape into patties.
3. Coat the patties in the remaining bread crumbs.
4. At this stage, you can cover and refrigerate patties overnight, until you’re ready to cook them.
Red dressing:
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Spoon dressing over one half the salmon patty.
3. Garnish with avocado slices and blueberries.
4. Sprinkle dill or fennel over all and add a zest of lemon.
1. Heat the canola oil in a pan and fry the salmon patties about 7 minutes on each side over a medium heat.
2. Serve each fishcake on a leaf of lettuce and drizzle with the red dressing.

Don't Stop Moving! Try one physical activity each day.

Below, access live and pre-taped classes you can do at home. Do only what feels best for your body and clear the area around you so your arms and legs can move freely. Take it easy when you need to. Drink plenty of water. Classes last about 45 minutes and Friday’s class has an optional social time at the end. Anyone is welcome to join the social time, including those that do not participate in the class. Just use the class link and enter before 2:00.

If you don't have access to a computer, smartphone or tablet, you can dial into Dianna's classes with your home telephone phone to hear just audio. The number for classes in our time zone is: (646) - 876-9923. You can dial in and follow the prompts for entering Meeting ID and Passcode.

Virtual Parkinson's Fitness Classes:

Monday at 11:30am Balance in Motion with Dianna
Meeting ID: 813 4171 7802
Passcode: 12345

Tuesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 847 5418 1686
Password: 057753

Wednesday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 847 5418 1686
Password: 057753

Wednesday at 2:00pm Breath and Stretch Yoga
Meeting ID: 818 8748 2663
Password: 12345
Thursday at 10am Strength with Kim
Click here:
Meeting ID: 814 6081 8780
Password: 440209

Friday at 1pm Balance in Motion with Dianna
Friday at 2pm Optional Social Time
Meeting ID: 824 0247 5688
Password: 12345

Saturday at 11am Strength with Kim
Meeting ID: 869 2288 6897
Password: 083263

Parkinson's Fitness Videos with Dianna Daly:
FEATURED VIDEO! Balance Exercises in Your Everyday Activity with Dianna

Here is the Link to Dianna’s channel where you can find current and past videos. Do one, do all or mix and match.
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!