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The Michigan Parkinson Foundation Professional Advisory Board published a Position Paper on "Exercise in the Management of Parkinson Disease," and an accompanying document describing "How to Select An Exercise Program."  It is being recognized more and more that exercise is beneficial for general good health and may have a particular role in controlling PD.  No one exercise program is recommended for everyone.  Please take some time to review the Position Paper.  Have fun exploring what is out there for you. 


pdf Position Paper - How to Select Exercise Programs (61 KB)

pdf Exercise White Paper (142 KB)




      • St. John Macomb Hospital 
         Thursdays at 4 pm
         Medical Education Center
         11800 E. 12 Mile Road, Warren 48093
         (586) 573-5123
         There is a fee
      • St. John Hospital and Medical Center
        Tuesdays at 3 pm
        22101 Moross, Detroit MI 48236
        (313) 343-3744
        There is a fee
      • Mid Michigan Medical Center
        (800) 999-3199
        Bay Medical Center Rehabilitation West Campus
        Weekly classes
        $2.00 per session 
        (989) 667-6767
      • Beaumont Neuroscience Center
        Sarah H. and Douglas F. Allison Consultative Rehab Suite
        3555 West 13 Mile Road, Suite 215
        Royal Oak, MI 48073 
        Every Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm
        There is a fee and a physician prescription is required
        Contact  (248) 551-1000
      • Ann Arbor Support Group: Adaptive Exercise with Dr. Stuart Blatt
        Thursdays, 3:00 pm 
        Grace Bible Church
        1300 S. Maple, Ann Arbor 48103
        Contact  Barry & Devorah Wolf (734) 996-3934; wolfdevorah@gmail.com
      • Howell:  Adaptive Exercise with Dr. Stuart Blatt
        Thursdays, 1:00 pm
        1st Presbyterian Church
        323 Grand River Ave., Howell
        Contact Jane Haessley (810)568-5055
      • Kalamazoo: YMCA in Portage
        Delay the Disease: 3 levels
        2900 W. Centre Street
        Portage, MI 49024
        Contact Trish Harrison or Sheri Shon at (269) 459-4881
        There is a fee
      • West Bloomfield  Support Group:  Adaptive Exercise with Dr. Stuart Blatt
        Thursdays, 11:00 am  - Begins Oct. 23, 2014
        Jewish Community Center
        6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield MI 48322
        Contact Linda Klein (248)592-2318
        No fee
      • Rochester Support Group:  Adaptive Exercise with Dr. Stuart Blatt
        Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:15 am
        771 Old Perch Road, Rochester Hills MI 48307
        Contact Nancy Knitter (248)852-8464
      • Pedaling for Parkinson's
        Contact the Ann Arbor YMCA (734) 996-9622
        Contact the Jackson YMCA (517) 782-0537
        Contact the Marquette YMCA (906)227-9622
        Contact Generation Care, Muskegon  (231) 737-4374
      • Muskegon and Spring Lake:  Generation Care
        Many programs geared for people with PD, including Pedaling for PD, water exercise and more at several locations 
        Call (231) 737-4374
        There is a fee
      • Flint Area:   Parkinson's Fitness Program
        Genesys Athletic Club, 801 Health Park Blvd., Grand Blanc MI 48439
        Contact:  (810)606-7526
        Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
        There is a fee.  You do not need to be a member to participate
      • Ann Arbor: Westminster Presbyterian Church
        Mondays at 3 pm 
        1500 Scio Church Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
        (734) 276-9988
        No fee
        Weekly classes
      • Farmington Hills  YMCA
        Delay the Disease programs
        Contact:  (248)553-4020
        There is a fee
      • Parkinson's Exercise and Recreation Class (PERC)
        Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-2 pm
        Hauenstein Neurosciences at Mercy Health Saint Mary's  Wege Building
        310 Lafayette, Suite 305, Grand Rapids
        Contact (616)685-4444There is a fee.
      • Parkinson's Fitness Program
        12-week program,  Tuesdays at 7:00 am and Thursdays at 7:15 pm
        Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club
        2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing MI 48823
        No fee - Sponsored by Making the Turn Golf
        Contact Rus Zalkin (517)364-8824
      • PD Fitness for Life (Marshal Arts Program with Mike Demeter)  NEW
        Tuesdays and  Thursdays 4:30 - 5:30 pm
        Troy - 6 Degree Burn Fitness:  1825 Brinston Drive, Troy MI 48083
        Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 -7:30 am
        Livonia - Okinawa Budo Kai - 33666 Five Mile Road, Livonia MI 48154
        Contact Mike Demeter (248)640-5601
        There is a fee- but the first session is free.
      • Parkinson's Exercise Class
        2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 11 am - noon
        Metro Health & Mary Free Bed Hospital - Byron Center
        2215 44th Street SE, Wyoming MI
        Contact (616)252-7199
      • Tri Cities Support Group Weekly Exercise Program
        Thursdays at 9 am
        Wescourt Retirement Community, Saginaw 48603
        Free of charge
        Contact Martin Mann (989)577-9574
      • Beverly Hills Club Rock Steady Boxing
        4 week and 12 week sessions
        31444 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills Mi 48025
        There is a fee.  Call (248)642-8500
      • Rock Steady Boxing - Troy
        The Boxing Rink
        1705 Austin Drive, Troy MI 48083
        Call Carol Schramm for details (586)781-5849
      • Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club  (MAC) Parkinson's Fitness Programs
        Several programs available free of charge thanks to the generosity of MakingTheTurn Golf
        2900 Hannah Blvd., East Lansing MI 48823
        Call Russ Zalkin, MAC Finess & Personal Training Manager (517)364-8824
      • The Recovery Project
        PWR! Gym workout classes, Yoga, and more
        20000 Victor Pkwy Ste 100, Livonia MI 48152
        15500 19 Mile Road, Suite 330, Clinton Township MI 48038
        Call:  (855)877-1944   There is a fee



When: Starting March 14, 2017 on Tuesdays 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Where: Carls Center Room 2138 Health Professions Building - Central Michigan University

Phone: 989-774-3904

*PWR!Moves is a Parkinson's Disease-specific skill training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements. This class is about empowerment - teaching you what you CAN do to use your FULL potential and get the most out of life. PWR!4Life is also about removing barriers to optimal brain health and repair by addressing the motor AND non-motor symptoms that interfere the most with your ability to participate in exercise and LIFE.

For questions contact:

Caitlyn Madsen at Email: madese1ca@cmich.edu, Phone 630-864-7528


Jamie Haines at Email: haine1jj@cmich.edu Phone 989-415-0418

View  pdf MOVE! for Health Brochure (400 KB)  Here



Many of you may have heard about Dance for Parkinson's, which has been developed by the Mark Morris Dance Company in New York.  Several programs are being started in the southeast Michigan area by dance professionals who have been trained by this company.

New Classes:

Bloomfield Township:  Dance for Parkinson's
Weekly for 6 weeks, TO RESUME IN MARCH 2016
followed by an optional 1/2 hour of socializing in the Bloomfield Senior Center Cafe
6 classes for $30 for Bloomfield Township residents;  additional $2 per class for others.
No charge for caregivers, spouses.  Scholarships are available (call  at 248-755-7431)
                              Bloomfield Township Senior Center
                              4315 Andover, Bloomfield Township MI 48302
                              (248)723-3500;   seniorservices@bloomfieldtwp.org

Farmington Hills:  MovingThru - Parkinson's and Dance
Weekly for 6 weeks:  2 sessions:  Mondays beginning January 4 at 2 pm
$10 per person (no charge for caregivers, spouses).  Class limited.
Contact Terrye J. Mock (248)505-3951
                           Christina's Adult Ballet & More...Integrating Mood and Body Experiences
                           31531 W. 13 Mile Road, Farmington Hills MI 48334

Rochester: Dance for Parkinson's, hosted by Take Root 2015 schedule - at 11:00 - 12:15 pm
Meets monthly. Contact:  takerootdance@gmail.com   or Nancy Knitter (248)659-8003 to register.
No fee, but donations are accepted.
                         Oakland University - Varner Hall, Dance Studio 132
                         2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester MI 483009

Ann Arbor:  Parkinson's Movement & Dance Class
No classes scheduled as of 8/8/16 
Pre-registration required:  (734)998-9850

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Bingham Farms, MI 48025

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