Exercise

Community Exercise Program for those with Parkinson's Disease
Come join us to feel better, become stronger and more flexible and improve your quality of life!

Continuing Education for Trainers and Fitness Instructors: 

"Community Exercise For People with Parkinson's Disease"  

November 15-16, 2014

Course instructors:

MDT Solutions: 

Madeleine E. Hackney, Ph.D., Certified ACE personal trainer; Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine; Research Health Scientist, Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence 

Doherty Riebesell, PT, DPT, GCS; Physical Therapist

Tricia Creel, PT, DPT, GCS; Physical Therapist 

Hosted by YMCA of Metro Atlanta

About the Course:

In recent years, research has demonstrated the beneficial effects of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Exercise is favorable for the physical functioning, strength, balance, walking speed and health-related quality of life of people with PD. This workshop is designed to prepare health professionals, personal trainers and fitness instructors to provide safe, high-quality group and individual exercise programming for people at all stages of PD. The primary goal is to ensure continuity of care between physicians, physical therapists and community exercise providers to facilitate improved outcomes for people with Parkinson’s disease. The workshop will be taught by a top exercise researcher, who is also a certified ACE personal trainer, and two highly trained physical therapists with extensive experience working with people with PD. Didactic instruction will be paired with hands-on exercise experiences to ensure that participants are well prepared to work with populations with special needs. 

For: Certified personal trainers, group fitness instructors, health professionals

Cost: $225

Credits: 1.1 CECs, Approved by the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: East Lake Family YMCA, 275 East Lake Blvd., Atlanta, Georgia 30317 
 

Course registration is available online:

http://www.movementdisorderstraining.com/shop/community-exercise-for-people-with-parkinsons-disease

Course Objectives

1. Students will be able to describe how sensory, motor and cognitive symptoms impact walking, balance, flexibility, strength and function in people with PD.

2. Students will be able to explain the physical and emotional benefits of exercise for people with PD.

3. Students will be able to develop an individual and/or group exercise plan that is safe and addresses specific impairments found in people with PD. 

Course Instructors: 

Madeleine E. Hackney, Ph.D., Certified ACE personal trainer; Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine; Research Health Scientist, Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence 

Doherty Riebesell, PT, DPT, GCS; Physical Therapist

Tricia Creel, PT, DPT, GCS; Physical Therapist 

 

Personal Trainers:

Below are several personal trainers who have completed continuing education from MDT Education Solutions to provide Parkinson's-specific fitness training on an individualized basis. Personal trainers work with you to design a custom program based on your needs and fitness level.

Laura Huges; laura.fitness@comcast.net; 404-293-3790

Penny Parker; pennylp@bellsouth.net; 770-241-6953

Michele Taylor; michelektaylor@hotmail.com; 678-772-2559

Lisa Kiely; lkiely@lenbrook-atlanta.com; 404-264-3361

Maureen McCord, lloydandmaureen@bellsouth.net, 678-472-3782

 

Exercise Classes:

Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center

Where:

Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center
884 Church Street
Smyrna, GA

When:

Every Tuesday
1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Instructor:

Laura Hughes: 404-293-3790, laura.fitness@comcast.net

Cost:

$5.00 per class - * Participants will be able to sit or stand during the class based on their own comfort level.

*Only Cobb County residents may take classes at the Recreation Center.  There is an annual fee of $25.00 for Smyrna residents to use the Recreation Center. ($55.00 for Cobb County residents who do not reside in the city of Smyrna.) The annual fee will be waived for your first session if you want to try the class before committing to an annual membership. Please contact the Recreation Center for more information regarding class and annual fees at 678-631-5541.

Belmont Village Buckhead

Where:

5455 Glenridge Dr.
Atlanta GA 30342

When:

1st and 4th Thursday of the month
11:00 a.m.

Cost:

Free

University Heights United Methodist Church

Where:

1267 Balsam Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

You'll find us downstairs in the activity room, there is a small parking lot directly in front so you don't have to take the stairs.

When:

Wednesdays from 11:30 am - 12:15 pm (ongoing)

Cost:

$90 for 9 sessions

Contact:

Kirsten Magee, MS for more info. at (678) 592-6801 or kdafitness@hotmail.com

I started this class in 2004 because my father-in-law had Parkinson's and I saw that exercise helped him improve both his physical and mental capacity. I wanted to help others in this way as well.I hope you'll try it out!

Power Over Parkinson's Exercise Program

Where:

The Wellness Center
3797 Northside Drive
Macon, GA 31210

When:

Tuesdays 9:30 am - 11:30 am and Thursdays 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Cost:

One time registration fee of $20.00; $40.00 per month

Contact:

Sandra Stone, 478-477-2300 for more information

The cost for Power Over Parkinson's includes exercise classes, nutrition sessions with a registered
dietitian and educational materials. Caregivers are welcome to attend classes at no additional cost.

Roswell Adult Recreation Center

Where:

830 Grimes Bridge Road
Roswell, GA

When:

Fridays, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Cost:

$40.00 for 11 weeks for Roswell Residents; $60.00 for non-residents

Register:

www.roswellgov.com (class 40024-01)
OR in person at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center
OR call: 770-641-3705
Contact: For questions call Dave Jones at 404-808-0618

* This class consists primarily of standing activity and is designed for people who may have walking and balance impairments, but who do not require assistance with mobility.

Ageless Grace Classes 

Schedule: 

Dekalb Medical Center - Mondays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Breman Jewish Home (NORC) - Tuesdays 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Decatur Rec (Sycamore St.) - Tuesdays - Noon to 1:00 pm

OLLI at Emory - Thursdays - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Cost:

 

Register:

Based on the cutting-edge science of Neuroplasticity, Ageless Grace is a brain and body fitness program that is designed for all ages, shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. We hope you will join us in laughter, fun and fitness at an Ageless Grace class soon.

For further information, email: swbsun@aol.com or
Telephone: 678-576-9553

 

Woodie Fite Senior Center

Where:

1000 Simeon Springs Court, Douglasville, GA

When:

Monday and Wednesdays, 11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Cost:

$20/month

Register:

In-person at the Woodie Fite Senior Center or call 678-626-5630
Karen Flagg at 770-598-0644

* This Parkinson's friendly class will be combined with the Silver Sneakers "Classic" exercise class. Exercise includes strengthening, stretching and is adapted for all levels. Exercises can be done standing or seated.

Mt Vernon Village - Zumba Gold!

Where:

Mt. Vernon Village, 475 Mt Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

When:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am - 11:15 am

Cost:

10 classes for package $50 on a punch card (First class free)

Register:

Registration and contact: Kimberly Rodriguez at 860-593-8510 or kimrod25@gmail.com or register on the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network website.

* This Parkinson's friendly class is a Zumba Gold! exercise class. Exercises can be done standing or seated. Care partners, friends and family are welcome to join the class.

PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD
(Operated by Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation)

Where:

Delgado Boxing Gym, 6335-B Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(Marshall's Plaza on Roswell between Abernathy and Mt. Vernon)

When:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 12 pm

Cost:

First two classes free! Then purchase a monthly pass for only $60 (approx $5/class for all classes).
Classes may also be purchased individually, by purchasing a 10-class service package for $70.

Hand wraps ($10 value) will be provided free; a limited supply of donated boxing gloves will be available for the exclusive use of the PD GLADIATORS program (gloves may be purchased for $35 from Delgado Boxing)

Register:

To reserve your free trial in the PD GLADIATORS Boxing Training for PD Program or for more information, call Delgado Boxing at (404) 856-0093, email: info@delgadoboxing.net or pdgladiators@gmail.com.

Yellow River Center Tai Chi - Atlanta (Standing)

Where:

Morningside Presbyterian Church,1411 North Morningside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306 - Midtown Location

When:

Tuesdays, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Cost:

One free trial class, then $5.00 per class

Register:

Contact Bob Wells - (404) 786-4650 or wellscom@comcast.net. Workshops are one hour in length and only comfortable clothing is required. Everyone who has been diagnosed with PD is welcome, as are caregivers. Tai Chi has proven helpful at all stages of the disease, and the slow, gentle movements hold little risk for injury.

Yellow River Center Tai Chi - Dunwoody (Standing)

Where:

Dunwoody Pines Retirement Community, 4355 Georgetown Square Dunwoody, 30338

When:

Thursdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Cost:

One free trial class, then $5.00 per class

Register:

Contact Bob Wells - (404) 786-4650 or wellscom@comcast.net.
Workshops are one hour in length and only comfortable clothing is required. Everyone who has been diagnosed with PD is welcome, as are caregivers. Tai Chi has proven helpful at all stages of the disease, and the slow, gentle movements hold little risk for injury.

Yellow River Tai Chi - Decatur

Where:

The Regency, 341 Winn Way, Decatur, 30030

When:

Wednesdays, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (Standing Tai Chi)
Fridays, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm (Seated Tai Chi)

Cost:

One free trial class, then $5.00 per class

Register:

Contact Bob Wells, (404) 786-4650 or wellscom@comcast.net or PD Gladiators Atlanta Fitness Network website.

Workshops are one hour in length and only comfortable clothing is required. Everyone who has been diagnosed with PD is welcome as are caregivers. Tai Chi has proven helpful at all stages of the disease, and the slow, gentle movements hold little risk for injury.

Aloha to Aging Tai Chi - East Cobb (Seated)

Where:

Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068

When:

Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost:

$35.00 montly fee, or $10.00 per class

Register:

Contact Aloha to Aging, (678) 439-1177 or info@alohatoaging.org
Care Partners, friends and family are also welcome.

Aloha to Aging - Chair Yoga for PD

Where:

Aloha to Aging, 4608 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, 30068

When:

Mondays, 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost:

$50 for a 10-class package (2-class free trial)

Register:

Contact Cathy Hightower, (678) 923-3564 or chighatl@aol.com or PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network website.

Yoga for PD

Where:

Yoga Dawning Studio, 3449 Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd., Ste. D,
Suwanee, GA 30024

When:

Tuesdays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cost:

$50 for a 10-class package (2-class free trail)

Register:

Contact Dawn Benson, (678) 699-9882 or yogadawning@gmail.com or PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network website.

General Fitness for PD

Where:

Northlake Church of Christ, 1625 Cooledge Road, Tucker, GA 30084
Enter through the church office door which is by the covered driveway.  The class will be held in the Chapel Room, to the right after entering the building.  

When:

Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Cost:

$50 for a 10-class package (2-class free trial)

Register:

Contact: Maureen McCord, (678) 472-3782 or mandl@bellsouth.net or PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network website.


Tango Dancing

The Georgia Chapter has been very active in promoting and facilitating participation in a new clinical trial by Emory researcher, Madeleine Hackney, PhD, studying the beneficial effects of Tango dancing for people with Parkinson's.

***The following study is closed for enrollment - plese check back again for future study opportunities and go to our Education/Research page for other clinical trial availability.

If you have diagnosed PD or you are older than 40 and have difficulty with your balance or walking:
Drs. Madeleine Hackney, J. Lucas McKay and Lena Ting of the Emory School of Medicine are studying the effects of Tango on balance and mobility in adults over 40 with and without PD. This research study requires three 3-hour visits including balance and walking testing. You may be asked to participate in 20 tango lessons, which will meet 1 and a half hours, 2 times per week for 10-12 weeks. For information, please call Dr. J. Lucas McKay@ 404-385-2115; email: j.lucas.mckay@emory.edu; Mailing address: 1760 Haygood Drive, Suite W 200, Atlanta, GA 30322.