'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 class is FREE but you must register and make a reservation.
This 45-minute class for people with PD that have “graduated” from the LSVT BIG Therapy program. This class will focus on maximal daily exercises and functional movements in a group
setting. Participants will receive support and encouragement from peers as well as supervision by a trained professional.
Other Classes and Programs are available through the Commons of Evergreen that can also be beneficial to persons with Parkinson's. The programs listed below may have additional charges associated with them or a Premium Package or Day Pass may be required. Contact Fitness Coordinator Erin Elenbaas (616-355-5129, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fitness & Wellness Director Amy VandePoel (616-355-5114, email@example.com) for more details related to the following programs:
This 60-minute class will use the support of a chair to perform seated and standing exercises–designed for those with Parkinson’s or neurological challenges.
Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in PD symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally 80-90 revolutions per minute. This research inspired the launching of Pedaling for Parkinson’s™ (PFP), an indoor cycling program geared specifically towards individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
Participants will either ride on a solo stationary bike or on a tandem bike with a volunteer “pilot” three times a week. Each one hour exercise session consists of a 10 minute warm-up, up to a 40 minute main exercise set, and a 10 minute cool-down. Rest breaks will be taken as needed. Participants will ride within their pre-determined heart rate zones and will be closely monitored by program facilitators.
You can download a program brochure here. All participants must receive medical clearance to participate and have an individual orientation with the Pedaling for Parkinson’s Coordinator.
- Be between the ages of 30-75;
- Be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD;
- Complete and submit a signed form and medical release. (Download Screening Form here.);
- Agree to periodically monitor progress;
- Interview with Health & Wellness Director;
- YMCA members and non-members welcome;
Screened, approved participants may register at this link.