Community Activity & Exercise Groups Join our Community Community Activities & Local Exercise Groups Community Activity & Exercise Classes in Rhode Island Out of an abundance of caution many of these programs are cancelling their classes. Please call ahead to determine if these programs are open. Aquatic Exercise RI Rehab is now offering aquatic exercise emphasizing balance, strengthening and endurance in the East Providence pool at 15 Catamore Blvd., East Providence (HealthTrax) with RI Rehabs aquatic therapists. The class is intended for people with neuromuscular disorders and their caregivers. Please call 401-490-9780 for more information. Big Exercise Class RI Rehab is offering a movement class for people who have completed LSVT BIG program. Monday from 11:00-12:00pm at 611 RI Rehab 611 Metacom Avenue, Warren Office (401-246-9660) and 15 Catamore Blvd., East Providence (HealthTrax).Please call 401-490-9780. Boxing Rock Steady Boxing, a non-profit gym in Indianapolis founded in 2006 by former Marion County (Indiana) prosecutor Scott C. Newman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 40. Gyms listed below are run by certified Rock Steady Boxing trainers. Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) provides an effective form of physical exercise for people who are living with Parkinson’s. Bristol- Icon Boxing, 15 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 02809. Certified RBS trainer Robin Ness. For more information contact owner Jesse Ameralo at 401-424-1496 Email: email@example.com East Greenwich- Rock Steady East Greenwich, 2240 South County Trail, East Greenwich, RI. Certified RSB trainer Carolyn Kosiba-Quiterio. For more information please call Carolyn at 401-203-5133 Groton, CT- Groton Community Center, 61 Fort Hill Rd, Groton, CT. Certified RSB trainer Geoff Visiglio. For more information please contact Eileen Cicchese at 860-536-5680 North Attleboro, MA – Beauties & Beasts, Beauties & Beasts Rock Steady, 18 Church Street, North Attleboro MA. Certified RSB trainer Dena Paolino. For more information please call 617-201-1868 North Attleboro, MA- Elite Boxing and Fitness, 184 Orne St, North Attleboro MA 02760 Certified RBS trainer Tracey Pierce. For more information please contact Tracey at 401-617-9826 Peace Dale – South County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Road Peace Dale, RI 02883. For more information please contact the Y at 401-783-3900 Extension 50306 Smithfield – Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness, 55 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917. Certified RSB trainer George Yawo. For more information please call 401-641-6973 Warwick – The Parkinson’s Place, 1800 Post Rd. Warwick, Certified RSB trainer Rich Gingras. For more information please contact Rich Gingras 401-267-8227 firstname.lastname@example.org Westerly – Westerly Fitness, 231 High Street Westerly, RI. Certified trainer Geoff Visiglio. For more information please contact Dan Murray 401-315-0115 email@example.com Cycling Newport-Renaissance Fitness and Cycle: Parkinson’s Cycling Program, 195 Broadway, Newport, RI. Meets every Tuesday and Thursday 3:00- 3:45pm. These classes are under the direction of Kristin Matteson CMES (certified medical exercise specialist). Participants must be able to mount and dismount a stationary bike with minimal assistance and have trunk control sufficient to sit unsupported for 20 minutes. Cost is $75.00 per month for two classes per week. For more information please contact Kristin at 401-743-6183 firstname.lastname@example.org Dance Coventry-World Dance for Parkinson’s Disease Regular one or two-month long sessions, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm. The Rhody Center, 410 Tiogue Avenue, Coventry, RI 02816. Pre-registration is required at www.therhodycenter.org or by calling 401-475-5955. Dartmouth, MA -Dance for PD- Dartmouth Senior Center, 628 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth. This group meets three Mondays per month. For more information please contact Rachal at 401-261-7062. Fall River- Dance For PD Classes are held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am – 12pm. The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River MA, Durfee Union Mill Building 8 First Floor.Walk ins are welcome! Suggested donation $5. For more information, please call Jessica 774-264-0786. Hopkington, MA- Dance For PD- The Communities at Golden Pond, 50 W. Main St Hopkington, Ma. This group meets the third Monday each month. For more information please contact Rachal at 401-261-7062. Middletown – Dance For PD Every Tuesday from 11:00-12:00pm. These classes are under the direction of Rachal Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD. Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI.Cost is set by the YMCA. For more information please contact Rachal at 401-261-7062. New London- Dance For PD Every Wednesday from 10:30-11:45am. These specific Dance for Parkinson’s Disease classes are free to anyone with Parkinson’s and his/her caregiver or partner. These classes are sponsored by: Neighborhood Music School and held at Connecticut College- Crozier-Williams Building 2nd floor studio.For more information, please call 203-624-5189. Providence- Dance for our Aging Population – DAP now meets at Brown University, Ashamu Dance Studio 77 Waterman St Providence, RI. These classes are under the direction of Rachal Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease assisted by Brown University students. They meet on Thursdays from 11:00-12:15 pm. The class is open to our aging population and designed for people with movement challenges. No experience required, Caregivers are welcome. Classes are $10 per class. For more information Call Rachal at 401-261-7062. Providence- Dance for our Aging Population – DAP now meets at Brown University, Granoff Center-154 Angell St. Providence, RI. These classes are under the direction of Rachal Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease assisted by Brown University students. Call for dates and times. No experience required, Caregivers are welcome. For more information Call Rachal at 401-261-7062. Delay the Disease at Attleboro Y The Attleboro YMCA now offers a new, life-changing fitness and mobility program expressly designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. Led by a certified instructor, Delay the Disease is an evidence-based fitness program designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms and helping to restore an improved quality of life. Exercise plans are adapted to all stages and levels of the disease. The class meets twice a week for 12 weeks. Participants may choose to continue the program beyond the initial 12 weeks. Days & Times: TUE & THURS; 11:30 am Location: Attleboro YMCA Pleasant Street Branch, 537 Pleasant Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 Contact: Renee Maxwell, 508-409-0752 or email@example.com General Exercise & Boxing Cranston- ProCare Therapy Services, 1441 Park Ave Suite A Cranston, RI is proud to announce a new exercise class designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It is our hope and belief that we can improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease. Based on the theory that large amplitude movements will simultaneously increase speed and thus, a return to “normal” movement patterns. Class incorporates large amplitude movements to challenge and improve balance and strength, addressing the specific challenges that Parkinson’s disease presents.This class will run for four weeks and be instructed by Jennifer O Berthiaume, PTA. All abilities welcome, exercises will be modified as needed to fit every individual. Please call 401-270-2500 with questions or to register. Loud Crowd Kingston-URI Speech & Hearing Clinic- The “LOUD CROWD” at the University of Rhode Island is a group to support people with Parkinson’s Disease in their goals to be understood and maintain the best quality of life possible. Each session consists of activities to increase speech amplitude including; sustained vocal phonation, high and low exercises, functional phrases, automatic speaking tasks and conversation. In addition, there are monthly educational sessions and meetings of care partners of people with Parkinson’s Disease to address their concerns. Call for dates and times. For more information call Dr Leslie Mahler at 401-874-2490 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Pedaling For Parkinson’s Barrington- YMCA Participants may join once they are cleared by their physician and have completed the necessary paper work. The program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at the Bayside YMCA. The program is free for YMCA members or $68 for non-members. A support person may accompany a participant at the same rate. For more information or to register contact Sarah Srock at 401-245-2444 or email@example.com. Space is limited and participants must be screened prior to beginning the program. Join the fun at the Y! For more information visit us online at www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org or at the Y, 70 West Street, Barrington, 401-245-2444. Financial assistance is available from the Y. Westerly- YMCA Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a cycle class at the Westerly YMCA geared to improve movement quality and posture. It is a vigorous exercise program requiring participants to pedal a stationary bike at 80-90 revolutions per minute at heart rates between 60% to 80% of your maximal heart rate. For more information contact Patrick Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org 401-596-2894 PWR- Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery Programs Parkinson’s Disease Specific Exercise Classes held at Villari’s Martial Arts, Health and Wellness Center, Middletown RI PWR!Moves is an evidence based PD-specific skill training program designed to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movement. PWR!Moves Group Class: This class will teach you how to move bigger and faster in everyday life and counteract PD symptoms. (60 minutes) PWR!Moves Circuit Class: This class integrates PWR!Moves into strength, agility, balance, coordination and flexibility training. (60 Minutes) PWR!Moves Small Group Class: (2-3 participants) Smaller group for those requiring more individual attention or assistance and a slower paced class. (60 minutes) For more information on PWR classes please contact Kristin Matteson Certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified PWR!Moves Instructor at (401) 743-6183 email@example.com Personal Fitness Training (In-Home) Why personal training? The best time of day to exercise varies depending on your schedule, medication and symptoms. In home training allows you to select the best time to exercise at your fullest potential for optimum results. Maria Kishfy, B.S. is a fitness professional with specialized training in chronic conditions including APDA Parkinson’s Disease Training for Fitness Professionals. For more information please contact Maria at 401-440-8136 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn Kosiba-Quiterio is a fitness professional with specialized training in chronic conditions including APDA Parkinson’s Disease Training for Fitness Professionals. For more information please call Carolyn at 401-203-5133 Kristin Matteson is a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified PWR!Moves Instructor. For more information please contact Kristin Matteson at (401) 743-6183 email@example.com Tai Chi Westerly – Westerly Fitness, 231 High Street Westerly, RI. For more information please contact Dan Murray 401-315-0115 firstname.lastname@example.org Yoga Dartmouth, MA – Dartmouth Senior Center, 628 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth. This program includes functionally based exercises, seated and standing, selected yoga postures and breathing exercises to address the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Call for dates and times. Cost $75 for 6 sessions with instructor Nanci Winterhalter. For more information and to register call Nanci at 508-999-4717 or email at email@example.com.