Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone, but for people with Parkinson’s disease, exercise is vital to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Live Large with Parkinson’s at the Y is a program offered by the Y in conjunction with Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. We are committed to delaying the progression of Parkinson's disease for all fitness levels and this program will provide a continuum of care for people with Parkinson’s. Our classes are currently in session and we are following CDC guidelines for the safety of all participants and instructors. If you would prefer to complete a virtual class, see two options below.
Prerequisite: Ability screening (recommended)
The Live Large with Parkinson's fitness program starts with a FREE ability screening to determine which phase of the program is best for you. Ability screenings are by appointment only. For your FREE ability screening, contact Debbie Parshall at Debbie.Parshall@ymcastaff.org. Based on the results of your ability screening, you’ll be placed into one of three phases. A few examples of ability screening include;
Can you get out of a chair without help?
Do you walk without a cane?
Have you no or zero falls in the past month?
If you answered yes to the above questions, you are more than likely ready to participate in Phase 2 of the Live Large program. You will experience a more comprehensive ability at the beginning of your Phase 2 exercise program. Based on your results, you may be referred to Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy for formal physical therapy offered in Phase 1.
Phase 1 is for people with Parkinson’s who need to begin their exercise program with formal physical therapy. The course of Phase 1 physical therapy may be as few as 4 – 6 visits but may continue if skilled intervention is beneficial and indicated. Phase 1 sessions will be scheduled directly with Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy at 513-934-3850, located at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon.
Phase 2 is a basic to intermediate level group exercise class which includes stretching, balance, core, seated and standing exercises with a mild heart-rate elevation. The goal is to retrain the brain and decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s. These classes are held at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon or at Otterbein SeniorLife Community | Lebanon (as of 2/2020 Phase 2 and Phase 3 are being taught together at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon.)
Phase 3 is an advanced level group exercise class which includes stretching, balance, core, seated and standing exercises along with a circuit-style boot camp and moderate heart-rate elevation. These classes are held at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon or at Otterbein SeniorLife Community | Lebanon (as of 2/2020 Phase 2 and Phase 3 are being taught together at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon.)
Debbie Parshall is the Director of the Otterbein Lifestyle Enrichment Center. Debbie has 10 years of experience working with older adults and has a background in personal training, wellness coordination and working with the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program. Debbie has training from Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery and Delay the Disease.
Julie Hensley is a licensed physical therapist assistant at Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Julie has 22 years of experience working in an outpatient setting and has a background in orthopedic, balance, and aquatic interventions. Julie has training from Ohio Health’s Delay the Disease program.
The Ability screening is free. However there are costs for Phase 1, formal physical therapy as well as the Phase 2 and 3 YMCA led exercise classes.
Step 1: Ability screening, Free
Phase 1: Formal physical therapy. Phase 1 is insurance based. The staff at Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy will clarify benefits more than likely covered by your insurance with you before your formal physical therapy evaluation. Contact Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy for more information about insurance coverage at 513-934-3850, located at Countryside YMCA | Lebanon.
Phase 2 group exercise class: Members $62 / Non-members $132
Phase 3 group exercise class: Members $62 / Non-members $132
No, Phase 1 formal physical therapy is available to anyone. YMCA led exercise classes are offered to both YMCA Members at a reduced rate. Non-members may participate by purchasing a Program Membership and registering for the program.
Click HERE to watch this 25 minute class for people with Parkinson's.
Click HERE to watch this 25 minute class for people with Parkinson's
Contact Debbie Parshall at 513 696 8590. If you'd prefer an email contact, fill out this form and one of our Live Large wtih Parkinson's at the Y instructors will be in touch soon.