Capistrant Tai Chi for Parkinson’s and Wellness

Capistrant Tai Chi for Parkinson's and Wellness

12/01/2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Time and days: 10-11 a.m., Mondays. First-time participants are encouraged to attend orientation the first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Bethesda Hospital, seventh floor conference room

Cost: $5 per session. First session is free for beginners. Attend seven, get the eighth session free! No charge for caregiver/carepartner.

Registration is required.

Tai Chi is a Chinese exercise of slow circular movements that help promote energy flow and a sense of well-being. This Tai Chi can be done standing or sitting in a chair. You will receive multiple benefits either way.

This Tai Chi class is designed especially for people with Parkinson’s disease. It is designed to help improve the following: balance, coordination, concentration, strength and mental well-being.

The class meets every Monday from 10 to 11 am, except for on holidays. New participants: please come the first Monday of the month at 9:30 am for orientation. Cost is $5 per session. Attend 7, get eighth session free. No charge for caregiver/carepartner. First session is free for beginners.

Registration is required. For more information and to register contact Erin at 651-232-2166 or by e-mail.

Struthers Gentle Yoga

Struthers Gentle Yoga

12/01/2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Mats are provided at this weekly Gentle Yoga class for people with Parkinson’s. The gentle poses are modified for the individual, although participants must be able to stand unassisted and have no significant blood pressure fluctuations as they change positions. Participants report that they experience relaxation and improved balance. Call 952-993-5495 or 1-888-993-5495 for more information.

 

It’s 10 to 11 a.m., Mondays, at Struthers.

Capistrant Fitness 2 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss

Time and days: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Location: Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital B-Level Physical Therapy Gym

Cost: $5 per session. Scholarships available

Fitness 2 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss provides unique exercise opportunities that stress important components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening and balance.

Be ready to be exercise, challenge your strength, balance, flexibility and have fun!

Dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

New participants call to schedule a FREE fitness assessment. Meet with a physical therapist for a 30-minute assessment, where the therapist will evaluate your walking, balance, strength and more. This assessment will help the therapist make recommendations for the program that will best meet your needs. Please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a fitness assessment

Capistrant Fitness 1 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss

Time and days: 10 to 11 am, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Location: Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital B-Level Physical Therapy Gym

Cost: $5 per session. Scholarships available

Fitness 1 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss provides unique exercise opportunities that stress important components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening and balance.

Be ready to be exercise, challenge your strength, balance, flexibility and have fun!

Dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

New participants call to schedule a FREE fitness assessment. Meet with a physical therapist for a 30-minute assessment, where the therapist will evaluate your walking, balance, strength and more. This assessment will help the therapist make recommendations for the program that will best meet your needs. Please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a fitness assessment.

Struthers Movement Boosters

Struthers Movement Boosters

12/02/2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am

This is a comprehensive, active exercise class designed to work on increased strength, flexibility, balance and agility. It emphasizes larger movements. Participants must be able to stand unassisted and have no significant blood pressure changes. Call Struthers for more information. 952-993-5495 or 1-888-993-5495.

 

Capistrant Fitness 2 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss

Time and days: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Location: Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital B-Level Physical Therapy Gym

Cost: $5 per session. Scholarships available

Fitness 2 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss provides unique exercise opportunities that stress important components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening and balance.

Be ready to be exercise, challenge your strength, balance, flexibility and have fun!

Dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

New participants call to schedule a FREE fitness assessment. Meet with a physical therapist for a 30-minute assessment, where the therapist will evaluate your walking, balance, strength and more. This assessment will help the therapist make recommendations for the program that will best meet your needs. Please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a fitness assessment

Capistrant Fitness 3 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss

Time and days: 12:30 to 1:15 pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Location: Capistrant Center at Bethesda Hospital B-Level Physical Therapy Gym

Cost: $5 per session. Scholarships available

Fitness 3 for Parkinson’s and Memory Loss provides unique exercise opportunities that stress important components: cardiovascular, stretching, strengthening and balance.

Be ready to be move, stretch and have fun!

Dress in comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.

New participants call to schedule a FREE fitness assessment. Meet with a physical therapist for a 30-minute assessment, where the therapist will evaluate your walking, balance, strength and more. This assessment will help the therapist make recommendations for the program that will best meet your needs. Please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a fitness assessment.

Parkinson’s Awareness Training for Group Exercise Instructors

Struthers Parkinson’s Center and the Burnsville YMCA will host a special trainer/group exercise instructor Parkinson’s awareness training on Wednesday, December 3 starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all trainers and group exercise instructors in the area, regardless of affiliation.

To attend the training, email Rose Wichmann by Friday, November 28.

At the event, participants will achieve three objectives:
– Gain a basic understanding of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms and its impact on exercise.
– Gain an ability to demonstrate understanding of core components of an evidence-based exercise program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
– Gain an awareness of special exercise considerations and precautions for the person with Parkinson’s Disease.

There are 1.5 million people in the US with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Current research shows significant benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s.  Many individuals with PD are told to exercise but may need further guidance from a trained fitness professional.  Understanding of the basic disease process and exercise implications will help in getting the best training results for the person with PD.

The purpose of this Parkinson’s Awareness training is for personal trainers and group fitness instructors to better understand Parkinson’s disease and the impact of symptoms on exercise to provide more optimal service for individuals living with the disease. This course is sponsored by an outreach grant provided to Struthers Parkinson’s Center by National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.

Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley is part of Park Nicollet Health Services and a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence.  One of NPF Minnesota’s missions is to create Parkinson-Friendly communities to better address the needs of persons living with Parkinson’s disease.

Course instructor Maria Walde-Douglas is a physical therapist at Struthers Parkinson’s Center specializing in the care of persons with PD.  She has been in the field of Parkinson’s for 20+ years.  She also speaks at a local and national level and is a trained yoga instructor.  She leads a Yoga for Parkinson’s class. She is certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s therapy and has gone through Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR) training as well.  These are evidence-based treatment models.  She is also certified in the RockSteady boxing method of training and teaches a weekly Boot Camp PD exercise class.

 

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