At-Home Activities for People with Parkinson’s
Tips For Safe At-Home Exercise
If you have not been exercising regularly, please consult your healthcare provider before doing anything new.
• Choose a space where you’ll have enough room to move around
• If using a chair or other furniture for assistance, make sure it’s sturdy and isn’t going to slide around
• If exercising by yourself, make sure you have access to a phone just in case
• Make a plan: schedule fitness into your day and week
• Consult your physician if you have any health concerns or are just getting started
Our number one tip for at-home exercise is to TAKE A WALK if it is a safe option. There simply is no replacement for the outdoors, the fresh air, the movement, and it is free!
Want to create a great and safe home exercise space? Watch this short video or view our Setting Up for Success: Safe Exercise at Home Guide HERE
Note: We know many live exercise sessions are offered through Zoom. Click Here, if you would like to know a little more about how to use Zoom.
APDA FREE Online Educational Programs
Visit our Virtual Events Calendar for a complete list of virtual programs
Dr. Gilbert Hosts…
As part of the Dr. Gilbert Hosts series APDA’s Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Rebecca Gilbert hosts presenters on a vast variety of topics related to Parkinson’s disease. Visit the Virtual Events Calendar for upcoming sessions or CLICK HERE for upcoming and past sessions.
Recorded sessions of Dr. Gilbert Hosts series can be viewed on the APDA YouTube Channel.
APDA Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease Series
Spotlight on Parkinson’s Disease is a series of webinars on various topics related to PD. Visit our Spotlights webpage for upcoming and past episodes.
Previously recorded versions can be viewed on our website or on iTunes Podcasts.
Take Control Series
Brought to you by APDA Northwest – Parkinson’s disease is a complex disorder with new challenges to face as the disease progresses. The more educated a patient and family become the more they are able to Take Control of their disease. Experts in the field will educate and prepare you to recognize these challenges and learn how to manage them with practical tools and greater knowledge so that you can live life to the fullest.
2nd Friday of every other month
APDA’s FREE Virtual Classes
Visit our Virtual Calendar for the most up to date registration information
Registration is required. Registration links and more information about the program can be found after each class description below.Yoga for PD: Join Elizabeth Durnin, a certified Yoga Therapist, CIAYT, for this program designed to help people with PD, family members, and care partners.
Every Thursday at 1:00 pm ET
Dance for PD: People living with Parkinson’s and their families are invited to explore elements of different dance styles from the safety of their home with energizing and inspiring music themes.
Sessions held on various days and times throughout the week.
Body Moves: A movement class designed to increase your strength and balance, improve your posture, and engage your brain. Whether seated, standing, or lying on the floor, you will learn how to move with greater ease and comfort. (Brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Every Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 pm ET
Find out more about Body Moves through this video
Chair Yoga: An alignment-focused, fun, mindful class with adaptations offered to dial-up or down your need for a challenge. Increase your strength, flexibility, and creativity while learning and practicing yogic principles with Jenn. (Brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Every Tuesday at 4:00 pm ET
DANCE for Body, Mind & Spirit: Join Chris Daigre, dancer, teacher, and person with PD for a fun and inclusive dance experience. Move to the music and learn movements that support postural stability, increased range of motion, and fluency. (Brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Want a taste of the class? Check out this video! Questions? Email Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Sunday at 3:00 pm ET
Rock Steady Boxing: Rock Steady Boxing gives people with Parkinson’s disease hope by improving their quality of life through non-contact boxing inspired fitness curriculum. This small group training consists of exercises largely adapted from boxing drills that focus on agility, speed, muscular endurance, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength. Our friends at Pavitt Fitness in Juneau, AK are now bringing non-contact boxing to your own home! (Brought to you by APDA Northwest)
You can also check them out at gopavitt.com/rocksteady/ and on Facebook facebook.com/JuneauRockSteady.
To participate in this class you must have a virtual pre-program assessment with the coaches. Please email Keegan@gopavitt.com to get set up with class!
Space Limited and starts on October 3.
Sing Loud for PD: A chorus for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners. No previous musical experience is required and all lyrics will be provided! (Brought to you in collaboration with APDA, Guild Hall, and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson’s Disease and supported by the New York Foundation for Eldercare.)
Every Wednesday at 3:30 pm ET.
Yoga for People with PD: Join longtime Yoga for PD instructor Peter Lynch (all levels and abilities welcome). From novices to experienced yogis, there is something for everyone. Gain a greater sense of well-being and movement through increased flexibility, strength, breathe, and balance. (Brought to you by APDA Northwest)
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm ET
Additional APDA Resources
Order the APDA “Be Active & Beyond Book.” You can call us at 800-223-2732 and we will mail it to you. You can also download it here.
Watch the Webinar “Getting Motivated to Move” here.
Watch the Let’s Keep Moving Webinar Series. Watch recorded versions on APDA’s YouTube Channel.
More APDA classes can be found on the APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter’s YouTube Channel. They have a variety of recorded classes catered to varying abilities that can be accessed.
Need some expert advice? Call the APDA Exercise Helpline! 888-606-1688 or email: email@example.com
Video and Live Classes Options
Rock Steady Boxing
They offer short classes posted regularly on YouTube.
Boomerang Therapy Works
They offer both Facebook Live classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and have an archive of previous classes available to view anytime.
Although not Parkinson’s-specific, Silver Sneakers is a specialty program designed for those 65+. They will be doing some Facebook Live classes and have an archive of previous classes available to view anytime.
Parkinson Voice Project
Exercise your Voice! The Parkinson Voice Project has several practice videos available here. They also host Facebook Live Sessions Monday – Friday at 11 am ET and on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm ET.
Beat PD Today
They offer live and recorded PD exercise videos via their website.
Participation in improvised movement classes can lead to improved everyday functioning in several areas, such as social participation, movement quality, and self-confidence.
Joy of Movement
Group dance classes for persons living with PD and their care partners.
Virtual Tremble Clefs
Voice warm-ups and exercises.
Activities from the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) Program involves enjoyable activities that promote thinking, concentration, and memory geared for individuals with cognitive impairments. Research has shown that CST has improved cognition and quality of life. Click here to view the activities.
The generosity and creativity of both local and regional Parkinson’s exercise specialists have truly been an inspiration. We will continue adding to this list, and encourage you to check back frequently when you want to change things up!