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How to Live Well with Parkinson’s… Even When You’re Locked Down


How to Live Well with Parkinson’s… Even When You’re Locked Down

The Parkinson’s community has shown up in a big way during this global health pandemic. From moving events online to offering virtual exercise classes and support group meetings, we’ve reached a point where it’s possible for you to keep up your regular live well routine all from the comfort of your own home. Even though connecting with people through hugs and handshakes and shared experiences is a key piece of living well, and we know you’re missing that in significant ways every day, we are grateful to those who are working to make this period as manageable as possible.

If you’re looking for ways to exercise, connect, and play online, here are just a few of the options out there. (Note: We’ve had many virtual options added since we first published this post. As more and more came in, we decided to alphabetize the list by last name or name of the organization.)

Dr. Mike BraitschDr. Mike Braitsch from Tribe Wellness is offering free Tai Chi classes here. And you can watch them live on Facebook here.
Amy CarlsonAmy Carlson, a Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador and passionate dancer offers daily online dance sessions at 8:30 am Pacific here on Zoom. Meeting number: 892-427-106.
Nate CoomerThe Parkinson’s Fitness Project with Nate Coomer – Parkinson’s physical therapist offers online exercise classes to help you manage your symptoms.
Dance for PD®Dance for PD – They’ve made all their archived classes available for free during this home-bound period.
John DeanJoin speech-language pathologist John Dean and physiotherapist Josefa Domingos, together with EPDA, for ExerciseCast, and you can exercise from the comfort of your own home.
Erica DeMarchJoin physical therapist, author, and founder of Step and Connect, Erica and her girls every day at 11 am Mountain/1 pm Eastern here on Zoom or via Facebook Live to explore balance, be silly, and move with friends and family. People of all ages welcome.
Get LOUD! Stay LOUD!Get access to 15+ voice practice sessions per week (based on LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT) as well as facial exercises, articulation practice, and more. Your first month is free.
Jennifer Jiyanti AtkinsAdaptive Yoga/Mindful Movement with Jennifer Jayanti Atkins
Sarah King4-Part Exercise Mini-Series: Core Strengthening Exercises for Parkinson’s
Jennifer LarsenParkinson’s personal trainer shares at-home exercise sessions via her YouTube channel.
LSVT GlobalExercises classes, webinars, and more: LSVT resources for people with PD
Dr. Soania MathurUnshakeable MD YouTube Channel with our favorite webinar moderator. (These videos are not virtual exercise classes, but she offers great tips for living well.)
Brett MillerBrett Miller, the founder of 110 Fitness in Massachusetts, is offering virtual classes every day called 110 Daily Grind.
Tom PalizziJoin Ambassador Tom Palizzi for a Pedal For Parkinson’s virtual ride on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:30 am Mountain time here.
Parkinson’s Voice ProjectParkinson’s Voice – Practice vocal fitness with a daily live webinar. And, get the Loud + Clear app, too.
PD-ConnectPD-Connect offers 5 days a week of live Zoom exercise classes for people at all stages of Parkinson’s. They aim for higher intensity exercise, but they have simultaneous modifications for a seated class. They also offer a support group meetings three times a month.
Susan PerlisDance for PD Movement Break
PMD AlliancePMD Alliance is offering a wide range of online programming you can find here.
PWR!At the moment, PWR! is offering two free videos to help you keep moving every day.
Dominique ThomasZumba Movement Break
Brittany Walker and Sarah SandersLSVT BIG® & LOUD Movement Break
Yoga 15Yoga15 is not yoga specifically for people with Parkinson’s, but a couple of people (Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney) have told us they do it every day and love it.

P.S. If you’re new to Zoom, here’s a great tutorial to help you get set up.

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4 Comments on “How to Live Well with Parkinson’s… Even When You’re Locked Down

    • Steven

      March 31, 2020 at 6:25 pm Reply

      You forgot Loud and Clear, the voice fitness app! Not to mention our newly added Parkinsons Voice Fitness webinars!
      Check out parkinsonsvoice.com for the webinar and loudandclear.io for the app. Love you DPF!

      • Melani Dizon

        April 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm Reply

        Thank you, Steven. I updated the post with your links.

    • Sarah Awde

      April 1, 2020 at 4:50 am Reply

      Hello there! I am a speech pathologist who has a global PD forum for speech/voice maintenance. We live stream 15+ voice practice sessions per week (based on LSVT LOUD and SPEAK OUT) as well as facial exercises, articulation practice etc. New members can try it free for a month. Is it possible to update this blog post and/or disseminate to your contact list. Our members are finding it extremely useful during this confinement period to be able to continue doing their voice/speech practice online. https://getloudstayloud.mn.co/

      • Melani Dizon

        April 1, 2020 at 2:59 pm Reply

        Thank you, Sarah. I updated the post with your link.

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