Staying active during Coronavirus isolation

Staying active during Coronavirus isolation

Some strategies and links to regular exercise at home

I hope this communication finds all of you and your families healthy during this challenging time. The PD community is working hard to provide resources to assist you in staying active and well while stuck at home!

I will be canceling the Parkinson's Community Wellness Program that was scheduled to begin at the end of April at the Northampton YMCA. This will be rescheduled at a later date. Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Sending warm wishes to all of you!

Deb Ellis

Tips to Stay Active

Schedule exercise time every day! Buddy up remotely with a friend!

Include some moderate to vigorous aerobic conditioning for about 150 minutes each week, Stretch daily or at least 2-3x/week, full body strengthening 2x/week and some balance activities 2x/week. Those of you who have participated in the PD Community Wellness Program or other community programming can set up an individual routine that works for you. Those of you who need more support and guidance can access information here.

APDA Resources

Order the APDA “Be Active & Beyond Book.” You can call us at 206-695-2905 and we will mail it to you. You can also download it here.

Watch the Webinar “Getting Motivated to Move” here.

The APDA currently has shared some great opportunities. If you dont already receive this infromation, I recommend you sign up for direct emails from the APDA. There are always interesting articles, research info and local offerings.

Yoga, Wellness, and Parkinson's Disease Virtual Course

Saturdays, April 18 - June 6, 2020

TriYoga and the APDA MA have developed a 7-week yoga and wellness virtual course. Each class includes a yoga session, social interaction, and education, and no prior yoga experience is required. Participants must be able to get down to and off of the floor.

Click here to learn more.

Click here to register online on TriYoga Boston's website.

Dates & Times: Saturdays, April 18 - June 6, 2020; 12 -1:30 PM

Location: Remote using computer, tablet, smartphone, or wireless device.

Register: Contact TriYoga Boston at or 781-609-2497, or register online here

When you register you will receive instructions for logging into the online session. Sessions will be recorded so you will be able to practice on your own.

Virtual Tai Chi Classes With Jane Arsham

Mondays & Wednesdays

Beginning March 30, 2020

Jane Arsham, founder and principal instructor of Moving Easy, conducts classes designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease. Classes have been running since 2011 and usually take place in Arlington, Newton, Lexington & Woburn. Jane has worked closely with APDA Massachusetts in developing programs, including the Arts & Movement Weekend Retreats, and other special workshops and events . She has graciously offered to deliver the classes remotely on a weekly basis until it is safe for the community to gather in person. There is time built into each session for the students to connect and share. These classes are open to all no matter where you live

AT NO CHARGE. We encourage you to sign up for one or both of these offerings and to spread the word.

Dates & Times: Monday, Starting- Monday March 30, 2020: 1:00 -2:00 PM

Wednesdays, Starting April 1, 2020: 11:30 - 12-30 PM

Location: Remote using computer, tablet, smartphone, or wireless device.

Register: Contact Jane Arsham at 339-707-0277 or

COVID-19 Updates

You can stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19 and the Parkinson's community any time on the APDA website here.

You can also find a listing of programming on our APDA MA Chapter website here.