The Wellness Program runs 2x/week for 6 weeks, and is designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease living in the community learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day functioning and quality of life. Under the guidance of Deb Ellis, PT, clinical specialist in neurological physical therapy, participants in Western Massachusetts will learn exercises and problem solving approaches to managing daily mobility and self-care issues which often interfere with function and quality of life. Participants will learn to master an evidence based, Parkinson’s specific exercise program and develop the skills to continue with the program on an ongoing basis. This group setting also becomes an environment where participants share resources and establish friendships. Nealry all participants feel empowered by the information they learn and by their improved strength, walking and balance.
This program has been developed based on current exercise research from a model established at Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Healthcare professionals from various agencies collaborate and receive intensive training and ongoing support by staff from Boston University’s Sargent College and the BU Center for Neurorehabilitation. These initiatives are supported in part by the American Parkinson Disease Association, Massachusetts Chapter. Programs consistently run 3x/year in the Pioneer Valley.
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