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: *** THIS EVENT IS CLOSED*** Check back soon for updates.

The Georgia Chapter of the APDA is proud to be a sponsor of a new course to teach fitness professionals how to work with people with Parkinson's disease! 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 two day workshop is designed to prepare healthcare professionals, 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 and 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. The course brochure and registration form are available for you to download from the links below. 

Audience: Certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors

When: Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Lenbrook, 3747 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30319; 404-233-3000

Contact: Tricia Creel at triciacreel@comcast.net or 678-951-3361

Cost: $195 until July 18, 2014 or $245 if registration is recieved after July 18, 2014

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

*Class sizes limited. If written or phone notification of cancellation is received, tuition will be refunded minus a $25 cancellation fee until 1 week prior to workshop date. The cancellation fee increases to $100.00 within 1 week of workshop date.

Course Instructors:

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

- Doherty Riebesell, PT, DPT, GCS; Physical Therapist, PT Solutions

- Tricia Creel, PT, DPT, NCS; Physical Therapist, PT Solutions

Additional Benefits of the Course:

- Opportunity to network with other certified personal trainers and group fitness instructors

- Course participants are eligible to advertise their exercise program on the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Georgia chapter website

- Gain significant knowledge about how to modify and adapt exercises for people with progressive neurologic diseases

- Opportunity to become part of a multi-disciplinary team caring for people with Parkinson's disease

- Help improve the quality of life of people living with Parkinson's disease

Community Exercise for PD Course Brochure

Course Registration Form


Exercise Classes:

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!

Sunrise Buckhead

Where:

1000 Lenox Park Blvd
Atlanta, Ga 30319

When:

EVERY Wednesday at 10:30am

Cost:

Free

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.


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 $30 on a punch card

Register:

Registration and contact: Kimberly Rodriguez at 860-593-8510 or kimrod25@gmail.com

* 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.

Delgado Boxing Program

Where:

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

When:

Saturdays, 12 pm

Cost:

First two classes free! Then fill your e-card for $5/class for the first 10 classes.
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 Box Training for PD Program or for more information, call Delgado Boxing at (404) 856-0093, email: info@delgadoboxing.net or pdgladiators@gmail.com or use the contact form at www.pdgladiators.org.

Tai Chi Workshops

Where:

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

When:

Tuesdays, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Cost:

Free

Register:

No prior registration required. 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.


Where:

Dunwoody Pines Retirement Community, 4355 Georgetown Square Dunwoody, 30338

When:

Thursdays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Cost:

Free

Register:

No prior registration required. 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.


Where:

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

When:

Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Cost:

$5.00

Register:

No prior registration required. 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.


Where:

The Regency, 341 Winn Way, Decatur, 30030

When:

Fridays, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Cost:

$5.00

Register:

No prior registration required. 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.

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.