Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative

Exercise is a critical part of a Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patient’s treatment since it helps with flexibility, posture, and overall movement.  Research from Parkinson’s Foundation’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project has proven that 2.5 hours of exercise per week has a significant difference in the quality of life for those with PD. Regular physical activity is linked to improved mobility and less cognitive decline.

MedStar Georgetown Movement Disorders Clinic and The Bender JCC are proud to offer the following classes for Parkinson’s Disease patients:

Class Cost: $99 || Class Duration: 7 weeks

Chair Strength
Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM
November 19 – January 27

Register for Chair Based Strength

Support Group for Caregivers
Support Group is $60 per session. Limited financial assistance is available on an as-needed base.
Tuesdays 1 – 2 PM
November 19 – January 27

Register for Support Group for Caregivers

Monday 1 – 2 PM
November 18 – January 27
Thursday 1 – 2
November 21 – January 30

Register for Yoga

Punch for Parkinson’s
Fridays 1:30 – 2:30 PM
November 22 – January 31

Register for Punch for Parkinson’s

Hybrid Fitness
Wednesdays 2 – 3 PM
September 4 – November 13

Register for Hybrid Fitness


**NEW PARTICIPANTS: Call 301-348-3710 for more information on how to get started.

Class Descriptions

Chair Based Strength: builds strength while seated in a chair

Hybrid Fitness: Come join in for a mix of strength, yoga, Pilates and balance work geared to help you improve your movement quality and overall performance in everyday activities. The goal of this class is to improve flexibility while enhancing your state of mind.

Moving to Heal: Designed with the unifying theme of healing, Moving To Heal delivers therapeutic benefits through the Nia class experience. Combining dance, martial arts, and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind, and soul.  The class is done in bare feet.

Punch for Parkinson’s: This is a boxing and strength class designed to meet the changing needs of Parkinson’s patients. You will learn how to use defense tactics and martial arts moves as a way to strengthen your body and improve balance and coordination. Punch your way to fitness and fun!

Yoga: Participants engage in meditation, breathing exercises and stretches designed to stretch and strengthen muscles. Every class begins with a meditative exercise, followed by a head-to-toe warm up. We continue with seated and standing stretches and strengthening exercises. Class concludes with a seated meditation or breathing exercise.

Info for Current Participants

CURRENT PARTICIPANTS can register online by clicking on the registration buttons or in person by visiting the Bender JCC Membership Desk. For more information, contact Rachel Ossman by email at or 301-348-3710.

Info for New Participants

New participants are required to complete an intake interview that can be done over the phone. Once this has been completed and their neurologist has given clearance, their information will be sent to the program coordinator who will call them to register them for classes.

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