Community Activity & Exercise Groups

Local Exercise Groups

Community Activity & Exercise Classes in Rhode Island

Aquatic Exercise

RI Rehab is now offering aquatic exercise emphasizing balance, strengthening and endurance in the East Providence pool with RI Rehabs aquatic therapists. Intended for people with neuromuscular disorders and their caregivers. Classes are Wednesday from 12:00-12:45PM at 15 Catamore Blvd., East Providence (HealthTrax).Please call 401-490-9780.


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 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: www.RockSteadyBoxingNE.com 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: icon@rsbaffiliate.com

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

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


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.


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 March 22, 2017-April 12, 2017 every Wednesday 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 lmahler@uri.edu


Parkinson’s Singing Group

Parkinson’s singing group meets at the Oaklawn Community Baptist Church, 229 Wilbur Ave Cranston on the fourth Thursday each month from 1-3PM. This new group is under the direction of Mary, a local music teacher with 25 years experience. To RSVP to her singing group, or for more information, please call her at 463-3367. Please be advised there are 4 steps to enter the choir room.

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: www.RockSteadyBoxingNE.com or call 401-728-2039.

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