Let's Get Physical!

Providing greater access to physical and mental fitness programs. 

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic, degenerative progressive  brain disorder that affects areas of the brain responsible for movement.  Symptoms vary with individuals and could include: a tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and gait or posture disturbances.  Other signs might be: depression, falling, speech and swallowing problems, mental confusion, sleep disturbances, constipation, difficulty writing, and more. There is no medical test for PD.  A neurologist makes the diagnosis based on reported symptoms, eliminating other  diseases and a clinical observation of the patient. Due the complex nature of Parkinson's both mental and physical health are equally important when it comes to living a successful life with it.

 

Physical activity also slows the disease process, decreases the pain associated with Parkinson`s disease, prolongs the independent mobility (gait, balance, strength) and improves sleep, mood, memory hence improving the overall quality of life.

Parkinson's can cause movement symptoms, as well as mood, sleep and energy changes. Each symptom has a specific treatment, but regular exercise and a healthy diet are key to overall management of Parkinson's.

Read more at the Michael J Fox Foundation.

Check out article by Stanford Medicine on why exercise is so important and beneficial to those living with Parkinson's.

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Local Physical Health Resources

JACKSONVILLE

Brooks Wellness Programs including Parkinson Wellness Programs

Weblink:  https://brooksrehab.org/services/adaptive-wellness/

Contact:  Mindy Loving MPH, CPH, Community Wellness Program Manager

Phone: (904) 451-3580

Email: AdaptiveWellness@BrooksRehab.org

When/Where:         Parkinson’s Wellness

  • Brooks Family YMCA- MWF 9-12

  • McArthur Family YMCA- MWF 9-10

Adaptive Community Wellness

  • Offered at participating YMCA locations within the First Coast region- see weblink for details                         

Cost:  The cost of membership is $15 per month for YMCA members, and $30 per month for non-YMCA members. (Assessment prior to start of classis is required)

 

Rock Steady Boxing Program

Weblink:  http://jacksonville.rsbaffiliate.com/
Contact: Giles Wiley  

Phone: 904-500-5425
Email: jacksonville@rsbaffiliate.com
Where: Jacksonville Muay Thai 14255 Beach Blvd.  Jacksonville, FL 32250
When: Fridays- Level I/II class at 9:30 and Level III/IV class at 10:45

Cost:  $45.00 monthly fee

 

Rock Steady Boxing Program at Tamaya

Weblink:  http://tamaya.rsbaffiliate.com

Contact: Daniel Tirado

Phone: (904) 410-8500 ext. 4008
Email: tamaya@rsbaffiliate.com

Where: 3720 Tamaya Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32246

When: Contact Daniel Tirado for details

Cost:  Contact Daniel Tirado for details

 

 

FERNANDINA BEACH / AMELIA ISLAND

Rock Steady Boxing Program

Weblink: https://advmuscletherapy.com/about/
Contact: Tiffany McGill

Phone: (904) 491-4980

Email:  ameliaisland@rsbaffiliate.com

Where: Advance Muscle Therapy 961687 Gateway Blvd. 101A
When: Monday, Wednesday, and Th at 1:00 -2:30 assessment required prior starting the program

Cost:  $15/class or $120/ month for unlimited classes (assessment required prior to start of program)


FLEMING ISLAND / ORANGE PARK

 

GZ Sobol's Parkinson's Network: Team Florida
Weblink:  https://www.facebook.com/flteamgzsobolparkinsonsnetwork/

Contact(s):  J.J. Ryan, Tom, Dorsky, and Gregg Hummer

Email(s): jjryan@bellsouth.net , tomdorsky@hotmail.com and ghummer57@yahoo.com
Where: Classes held at Sacred Heart Church, 7190 US Highway 17, Fleming Island, 32003 7190 US Highway 17, Fleming Island, FL 32003
When: Monday and Thursday at 9:30 AM

Cost: Free

 

Speech Program- The Loud Crowd

Weblink: https://brooksrehab.org/locations/orange-park/

Contact: Stephanie Richardson or Kathryn Pasos

Email: stephanie.richardson@brooksrehab.org or Kathryn.pasos@brooksrehab.org

Phone: (904) 278-7890

Where:  Brooks Rehabilitation NeuroRecovery Center 500 Park Ave. Orange Park, FL 32073

When: Friday 12-1pm

Cost: Free

 

PALM COAST

Rock Steady Boxing Program

Weblink: http://palmcoast.rsbaffiliate.com/

Contact: Eve Navarro

Phone: (386) 586-0505

Email:  palmcoast@rsbaffiliate.com

Where: Lions Pride Boxing 4601e E Moody Blvd, Bunnell, FL 32110

When:  contact Eve Navarro for details

Cost:  contact Eve Navarro for details

 

ST. AUGUSTINE

St. Augustine Parkinson’s Network

Weblink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVNV7qRoPis
Contact(s):  Jim Gillespie and Mary Vanderwart

Phone: (404) 374-1412

Email(s): JamesHoytGillespie@gmail.com and MaryVanderwart@gmail.com

Where: 215 St George ST, St. Augustine, FL 32084
When: Monday and Thursday at 2:30 PM

Cost: Free

 

Parkinson’s Group Wellness Program

Weblink:  https://starsrehab.org/parkinsons-exercise-and-wellness-program/

Contact: Melanie Lomaglio PT, DPT, MSc, NCS

Phone: (904) 679-3449

Email:  melanie.neuroPT@gmail.com

Where:  4320 A1A South, Suite 3 St. Augustine, FL 32080

When:  Parkinson’s Wellness classes offered M-F see weblink for class schedule

Cost:  Free

Description:**Please note that in order to attend Classes hosted by STARS, you must have a referral from your doctor to visit the PT's on staff for an evaluation. Once an evaluation is done, they will give you the recommended class to attend. This is to ensure the safety of all participants.**

Parkinson's Foundation Exercise Info

Recommended Exercises

Physical Therapy & Parkinson's

Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Info

Dance for PD - Virtual Class

APDA Exercise at Home

PD Health @ Home

#PowerforParkinsons - Exercise Video

STARS Rehab Parkinson's Wellness