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 the 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-$119 || Class Duration: 8 weeks
A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you register for the class.

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

Class Descriptions

Chair Based Strength: NPF Chair Based Strength is designed especially for Parkinson’s patients to help them improve and maintain their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and to help improve their quality of life by working on balance, strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Don’t let the chair fool you, come enjoy this full-body workout.

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.

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.

Caregiver Support Group: Join us for a caregiver support group led by Tova Rubin. Share experiences and find support with other caregivers while your family member attends a fitness class.

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 Inna Bellisario 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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