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Physical Health Resources

Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specials all agree, exercise and physical activity is imperative for Parkinson’s Patients. “Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone, but for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), exercise is medicine!” notes the Parkinson’s Foundation. “Physical activity has been shown to improve many PD symptoms, from balance and mobility issues to depression, constipation and even thinking skills.” The Bluegrass Parkinson’s Alliance offers several opportunities for members to get up and get moving!

Rock Steady Boxing

Offered at HITS fitness center, Rock Steady Boxing is a national program that utilizes research and training to offer an exercise class specifically designed for Parkinson’s patients. According to the program information, boxing can help Parkinson’s patients with symptoms. “More recent studies, most notably at Cleveland Clinic, focus on the concept of intense ‘forced’ exercise, and suggest that certain types of exercise are neuro-protective,” the Rock Steady Boxing site says, “which means that it is a type of exercise that may actually slow disease progression.”

For more information visit https://rocksteadyboxing.org/ or to schedule a class visit: https://hitsfitness.com/

Pressing on with Parkinson’s Chair Yoga

Led by certified nurse practitioner and certified yoga instructorDyna Zehnder Pressing on with Parkinson’s Chair Yoga is designed especially for people with Parkinson’s Disease and can help with symptoms and progression of the disease. Zehnder has researched and studied Parkinson’s Disease and the benefits of exercise and yoga to help with symptoms. Her class also includes some basic speech therapy and lots of breathing exercises.

“Yoga means balance. Whatever in the body is not balanced – left to right – we are trying to bring balance,” Zehnder explains. “There is a lot of work we do here not just yoga,.Everything is very specific to the disease and very functional, hoping to make you more functional during the day.”

Currently Yoga is offered via Zoom on Tuesdays at 9:00 am. Click to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87875964259

PEP Parkinson’s Exercise Program

This high energy class is designed for highly functioning persons with Parkinson’s and tailored to their specific needs. It has been held Thursday at 6pm at Cardinal Hill. Care partners are welcome in this class.

For more information and COVID-19 restrictions please contact Executive Director Laura Soldato (859) 428-8627 or Laura@parkinsonslexington.com

Aquatic Class

This class was held each Tuesday at 2:00 PM at Cardinal Hill.    

Care partners are welcome to participate also.

For more information and COVID-19 restrictions please contact Executive Director Laura Soldato (859) 428-8627 or Laura@parkinsonslexington.com

Cycling with Parkinson's 

This class will be held each Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM at the Beaumont YMCA.You must have a medical clearance form signed by your physician prior to attending the class.

Contact BPA member Barb Rial at 859-223-5834 or barbrial2013@gmail.com for the form and further instructions.This class runs in 8 week cycles, you may only begin at the start of a cycle, so make sure you reach out to Barb today to see when you can get started!

 

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Mental Health Resources

Monthly Discussion Group Meetings

Each month, the Bluegrass Parkinson’s Alliance hosts support group Discussion Meetings. These are designed to help those with Parkinson’s Disease avoid isolation and find support through a community of similar peers.

Lexington Daytime Discussion Group Meetings

Held the 4th Monday of the month (except December and Memorial Holiday in May) at 12pm (noon)

There are separate meetings for Persons with Parkinson’s and Care Partners.

Feel free to bring your lunch; drinks are provided.

Lexington Evening Discussion Group Meetings

Held the 1st Wednesday of the month at 6pm

Somerset Discussion Group Meetings

Held the 3rd Friday of the month at 10am

Location: Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in the small dining room.

Richmond Discussion Meetings

Held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm (noon)

Location: Baptist Health and Education Center, Harper Square, Suite A

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is proven to improve the mental health of those with Parkinson’s Disease. The Parkinson's Foundation notes, "More specifically, when people with Parkinson's disease (PD) work with a music therapist they see improvements in movement symptoms, speech, cognitive issues and mental health. Through dance programs, choirs and drumming programs, music therapy helps people with PD maintain function, express creativity and experience a better quality of life."

The Bluegrass Parkinson’s Alliance offers both a Drum’s Alive! class and Sentimental Journey choir. Members can participate free of charge.

For more information and COVID-19 restrictions please contact Executive Director Laura Soldato (859) 428-8627 or Laura@parkinsonslexington.com

Other Resources

https://www.apdaparkinson.org/article/mental-health-and-parkinsons/

https://www.parkinson.org/blog/caregiver/Mental-Health-Questions

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Care Partner Resources

Discussion Support Groups

Care Partners are invited to attend monthly Daytime or Evening Discussion Groups. Meeting are divided in to two different groups, People with Parkinson’s and Care Partners. The meeting is led by a Care Partner and discussions ensue over personal experiences in the care giving journey.

For more information please contact Executive Director Laura Soldato (859) 428-8627 or Laura@parkinsonslexington.com

Care Partners Retreat

Once a year, the Bluegrass Parkinson’s Alliance hosts a day event for care partners. Complete with presentations on tips to surviving the care partner journey to massages and other therapeutic endeavors, the day is meant to help care partners get away and concentrate on their mental and physical wellbeing.

For more information please contact Executive Director Laura Soldato (859) 428-8627 or Laura@parkinsonslexington.com

Other Resources

https://www.parkinson.org/Living-with-Parkinsons/For-Caregivers

https://www.apdaparkinson.org/resources-support/for-caregivers/