Community Activity & Exercise Groups

Community Activities & Local Exercise Groups

Community Activity & Exercise Classes in Rhode Island

 A Tempo Parkinson’s Singing Group

Come join the “A Tempo” Parkinson’s singing group because music is good for the soul! Come have fun with us! No particular talent or experience is required to join us. Friends, family and caretakers are welcome. We are led by retired music teacher, Mary Ackroyd. We meet monthly, the fourth Thursday of each month, 1-3pm at Oaklawn Community Baptist Church -229 Wilbur Ave., Cranston RI. Please note there are four steps down to choir room.          To RSVP or for more information  call Mary at 401-463-3367.

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.


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 affiliates of Rock Steady Boxing. Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) provides an effective form of physical exercise for people who are living with Parkinson’s.

Pawtucket – The Parkinson’s Place at Fight2Fitness Gym, 65 Blackstone Ave Pawtucket. Certified RSB trainer Rich Gingras (Light Heavy Weight Champ of NE). To find out more check them out online at: or call 401-728-2039.

Bristol- Icon Boxing, 15 Gooding Ave Bristol, RI 02809. Certified RBS trainer Robin Ness. For more information contact owner Jesse Ameralo 401-424-1496 Email:

Cranston- Rock Steady Beauties & Beasts, 1375 Park Ave, Cranston. Trainers Peter Manfredo and Dena Paolino. For more information please call 508-699-5425.

Peace Dale – South County YMCA, 165 Broad Rock Road Peace Dale, RI 02883. For more information please contact Carolyn 401-783-3900 Extension 50306 Website:

Groton, CT – Araxa Martial Arts, 78 Plaza Court Groton, CT 06340. For more information contact Certified RBS trainer Rosangela Leopoldino 860-446-1993 Email:

Dance-Dance for PD

Middletown – Newport County YMCA, 792 Valley Rd, Middletown, RI. Every Tuesday from 11:00-12:00pm. These classes are under the direction of Rachal Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD. Cost is set by the YMCA. For more information please contact Rachal at 401-261-7062.

New London- Connecticut College– Crozier-Williams Building 2nd floor studio. 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. For more information, please call 203-624-5189.

Fall River- The Heron Dance Yoga & Meditation Studio, 187 Plymouth Ave, Fall River MA, Durfee Union Mill Building 8 First Floor. Classes are held the 1st Wednesday of each month from 11 am – 12pm. Walk ins are welcome! Suggested donation $5. For more information, please call Jessica 774-264-0786.

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

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. This program begins April 6, 2018-April 27, 2018 every Friday 1:00-2:00 PM. $40 covers all four classes.

Exercising and Boxing Program-Specific for people with neuromuscular disorder of all ages. It is a group training program that works on improving coordination, balance, flexibility, reaction time and strength while incorporating boxing techniques. It is noncontact and no boxing experience is needed. Thursdays 12:00-1:00pm, 611 Metacom Avenue, Warren. Please call (401) 246-9660 for more information and Fridays 1:00pm-2:00pm, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, JCC Fitness Center.

General Dance Exercise

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 10:30 to 11:45 AM. 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. They meet on Tuesdays (Feb. 28-April 25) 2:45-4:00PM. No experience required, Caregivers are welcome. For more information Call Rachal at 401-261-7062.

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. They meet Tuesdays at 11:00AM beginning again on January 28th. For more information call Dr Leslie Mahler at 401-874-2490 or by email at

Pedaling For Parkinson’s

Barrington- YMCA  The Bayside YMCA will be offering this new program beginning Monday, January 8th.  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  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 or at the Y, 70 West Street, Barrington, 401-245-2444.  Financial assistance is available.

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  401-596-2894

Tai Chi

Pawtucket – The Parkinson’s Place at Fight2Fitness Gym, 65 Blackstone Ave Pawtucket. Tai Chi  classes are available on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.  These classes are free for Rock Steady Boxing members otherwise there is a $20 drop in fee. To find out more check them out online at: or call 401-728-2039.



Dartmouth, MA – Dartmouth Senior Center, 628 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth.  A six week program beginning November 8th from 3:15pm – 4:15pm.  This program includes functionally based exercises, seated and standing, selected yoga postures and breathing exercises to address the early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.  Cost $75 for  6 sessions with instructor Nanci Winterhalter. For more information and to register call Nanci at 508-999-4717 or email at

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