Resources for Parkinson’s

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'3M' is for Music, Motion, and Mobility.  This '3M' class helps participants achieve and maintain key capabilities needed for good mobility. Instructors Judy Overmyer (PT) and Katie Dabkowski (DPT) lead the group in exercises for flexibility, strength, balance, endurance, and mobility. Music guides the pace and activities. You may participate as long as you are safe for standing and light walking, or have someone help you for safety. Spouses and/or caregivers may also participate with a physician's note of approval.

Because of the high level of activity, a doctor’s written approval is required. The cost is $3.00 per session (arrangements available if unable to pay), or 11 sessions for $30. Your first visit is free. For any additional questions, please contact the Mercy Saint Mary's NeuroRehabilitation Program at 616-685-6749.

Room Location: First floor Conference Room.

There is FREE parking in the open lot at the building entrance. It is labeled as a "Patient Parking" lot.

Class is offered EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY, from 2:15 pm until 3:15 pm.
Mercy Health – St. Mary’s, 245 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

People with PD have been shown to respond favorably to the practice of Yoga.  While Yoga cannot reverse PD, it can ease symptoms by decreasing rigidity, improving balance, increasing range of motion as well as core strength.  Yoga also will decrease stress and bring calm to a busy mind, allowing for deeper relaxation.  This class is suitable for people with PD as well as their caregivers.

Katherine Florentine, ERYT500, has been practicing & teaching yoga for over 20 years.  She studies therapeutic applications of Yoga with internationally recognized teachers.  She offers classes and workshops nationally and in Australia.

The class meets EVERY MONDAY, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
5060 Cascade Rd, SE, Suite G, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

This 55-minute class is designed exclusively for those dealing with PD and specifically emphasizing how to improve balance, increase flexibility, and strengthen your voice.

To Be Determined. Please contact Erin for more information.
The Commons of Evergreen
480 State Street, Holland MI  49423

Mary Free Bed Adaptive Sports Program is offering a Ballroom Dance class.  This dance class will provide fun and enjoyable exercise routines to calm and relax the symptoms of PD.  This class is suitable for all age groups, and for people with neurological and/or physical disabilities.  A dance partner is encouraged but not mandatory.  NOTE: PROGRAM NOT YET FINALIZED. Contact Jo Garber at 941-587-9420 for the most current and up to date information related to this program.

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY. Times have not been finalized at this time.
5500 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Clinical Research On Deep Brain Stimulation

Researchers at Michigan State University are conducting research on the experiences that Parkinson’s patients have with deep brain stimulation and their thoughts on the use of deep brain stimulation earlier in the disease progression.  Participation will involve about 30-45 minutes of your time in a structured interview. The structured interviews will take place by phone, or in person, at a location of your convenience. You will receive a $30 gift card for participating.

For more information about the study, and to see if you are eligible to participate, please contact:

Laura Cabrera, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroethics

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Michigan State University Bioethics Dept.
Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
East Fee Hall
965 Fee Road Rm C-208
East Lansing, MI 48824

This event is open to the public.  Both Covenant Village residents and non-residents are welcome to attend.

This Support Group meets EVERY SECOND THURSDAY of EACH month, from 10:00am until 11:00am.
Covenant Village of the Great Lakes
2510 Lake Michigan Drive, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

It is for those who have had or are considering DBS surgery, along with their families.  This group is sponsored by St. Mary’s Hauenstein Parkinson’s Clinic.

Group will meet in Community Education Room.  Contact Julie Sager to verify meeting times and location.

Times vary based on season and reservations.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Hauenstein Neuroscience Center
220 Cherry Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Grand Rapids Ballet School: Dancing with Parkinson’s Disease

This 45 minute movement class is designed to increase the flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination of persons with Parkinson’s Disease. The class progresses from seated exercises to standing exercises at a bar to movements across the floor, all to live piano accompaniment. Spouses, caretakers, and friends are all encouraged to participate!

The classes meet EVERY TUESDAY, from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm.
Grand Rapids Ballet
Meijer-Royce Center for Dance
341 Ellsworth Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Greater Holland/Zeeland Support Group

This Support Group is intended for PD patient and their caregivers.  It is facilitated by Fitness Coordinator Erin Elenbaas.  These interactive sessions include helpful informational presentations by experts and practical insights shared by the attendees.

This Support Group meets every THIRD MONDAY of EACH month, from 1:00pm until 2:00pm.
Evergreen Commons Senior Center
480 State Street, Holland, MI 49423
Greater Newaygo County Parkinson’s Support Group

Free information, inspiration, and support for everyone including caregivers, family, and friends. Light refreshments will be served.

For any additional information or questions, please call Spectrum Health Community Health and Wellness at 231-924-3073.
Additional Information can also be found at the Tamarac Wellness website under ‘Support Groups’ tab on their website.

This Support Group meets the THIRD THURSDAY of EACH month, from 3:30pm until 5:00pm.
Tamarac Wellness, a member of Spectrum Health
1401 W Main Street, Fremont, MI 49412