Community Activity & Exercise Groups

Community Activity & Exercise Classes in Rhode Island

Out of an abundance of caution, many of these programs are canceling their classes. Please call ahead to determine if these programs are open. 

Dance For PD, Dance for All People (DAPpers)-Scandinavian Communities, CareLink, Brown University

Dartmouth, MA–  Dance for PD- Every Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dartmouth Senior Center, 628 Dartmouth St. Dartmouth. For more information please contact Rachel at 401-261-7062 or email her at Balaban.Rachel@gmail.com (NOTE: THESE CLASSES ARE CURRENTLY PAUSED DUE TO COVID)

Middletown, RI– DAPpers Dance for All People- Every Tuesday 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. These classes are under the direction of Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD. The class is designed for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement challenges. No experience is required. Caregivers and partners are welcome. Newport Country YMCA, 792 Valley Rd., Middletown, RI. The cost is set by the YMCA. Classes are currently offered via zoom. For more information, please contact Rachel at 401-261-7062 or email at: Balaban.Rachel@gmail.com  (NOTE: For 8 weeks in March and April, this class will move to 2:30-3:45. It will return to the 11 a.m time slot starting back in May.)

New London- Dance For PD- Every Wednesday 10:30-11:45. These classes are under the direction of Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD. The class is designed for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement challenges. No experience is required. Caregivers and partners are welcome. These classes are sponsored by Neighborhood Music School and are currently offered via zoom. For more information, please contact Rachel at 401-261-7062 or email at: Balaban.Rachel@gmail.com

Providence– DAPpers Dance for All People. Every Thursday 12:00-1:15. These classes are under the direction of Rachel Balaban, Regional Coordinator for Dance for PD assisted by Brown University students. The class is designed for people with Parkinson’s disease and other movement challenges. No experience is required. Caregivers and partners are welcome. Classes are currently offered via zoom. For more information, please contact Rachel at 401-261-7062 or email at: Balaban.Rachel@gmail.com.

  • Enhance your physicality — increase coordination and flexibility, strengthen your core, and improve balance while releasing body tension
  • Increase your bodily awareness
  • Grow your support network — feel encouraged as you explore movement and socialize within a safe and comfortable Zoom community
  • Explore your creativity and have fun

Contact:  Justin Erban at jerban@carelinkri.org to register
Zoom Link: https://carelinkri-org.zoom.us/j/82405977011
This program is brought to you in part through the generosity of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association

No experience is required. Caregivers welcome.

Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing, is 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. The 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.

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

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. Classes are held Tuesdays and Thursdays at two times:  11-12:15 and 12:30-1:45. For more information please contact Jenny Gallagher at jgallagher@gpymca.org or 401 783 3900.

Smithfield – Manfredo Boxing Sports Fitness, 55 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917. Certified RSB trainer Maria Kishfy. For more information please call 401-440-8136

Cycling

Newport-Renaissance Fitness and Cycle: Parkinson’s Cycling Program, 195 Broadway, Newport, RI.  Meets every Tuesday and Thursday 3:00- 3:45 pm. 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. The cost is $75.00 per month for two classes per week.  For more information please contact Kristin at 401-743-6183 at kmatri@hotmail.com

 Delay the Disease at Attleboro YMCA

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.

Tuesdays at 11:00 am – Delay the Disease at the Downtown Branch in the Fuller Gym

Wednesdays at 11:00 am – Stretch & Mobility at the Downtown Branch in the Fuller Gym and via Zoom:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85753938636

Thursdays at 11:00 am – Delay the Disease at the Downtown Branch in the Carpenter Gym

For more information email Lisa Vecchioli: at lvecchioli@attleboroymca.org


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 lmahler@uri.edu


Pedaling For Parkinson’s

Barrington- YMCA   Participants may join once they are cleared by their physician and have completed the necessary paperwork.  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 ssrock@gpymca.org.  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.

Warwick- Kent County YMCA Pedaling for Parkinson’s. Classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. The intake process includes a medical history questionnaire and approval from the physician. The community is encouraged to tour the facility and see what the YMCA has to offer! Call: 401-828-0130 for more information.

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 their maximal heart rate. For more information contact Patrick Hanley at phanley@oceancommunityymca.org at 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 kmatri@hotmail.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 mariakishfy@gmail.com

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 kmatri@hotmail.com

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 nanciwinterhalter@gmail.com.

Personalized Fitness – Newport

Newport- Parkinson’s Cycling Program 

These classes are under the direction of Kristin Matteson who is a CMES (Certified Medical Exercise Specialist), Parkinson’s Cycle Coach, and PWRMoves! Certified Exercise Instructor.   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. Classes are held at Renaissance Fitness, 221 Third St. First Fl North,  Newport, RI.  The cost is $15.00 per 45-minute class. For more information, please contact Kristin at 401-743-6183 at kmatri@hotmail.com or https://www.specializedri.com/

PWRMoves!- Parkinson’s Specific Exercise Classes

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 Circuit Class: This class integrates PWR!Moves into strength, agility, balance, coordination, and flexibility training. (45 Minutes)

PWR!Moves Small Group Class: (2-3 participants) Smaller group for those requiring more individual attention or assistance and a slower-paced class. (45 minutes)

Classes are held at Renaissance Fitness 221 Third St. First Fl North, Newport RI.

For more information on PWR classes please contact Kristin Matteson Certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified PWR!Moves Instructor at (401) 743-6183 kmatri@hotmail.com   https://www.specializedri.com/

Personal Training

Kristin Matteson is a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified PWR!Moves Instructor. Kristin offers personal training in a small gym setting in Newport RI.

 For more information please  contact Kristin Matteson at (401) 743-6183 kmatri@hotmail.com  https://www.specializedri.com/

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