Wellness with Parkinson's at the Y 

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. If you would prefer to complete a virtual class, see two options below. 

Parkinson's at Countryside YMCAParkinson's Lebanon OhioParkinson's at The YMCA

Virtual Classes for People with Parkinson's 

Through our Wellness with Parkinson's program you have access to free virtual classes, YMCA Member's can access virtual classes anytime through their YMCA 360 app. Members and Non Members can also view WORKOUT 1 and WORKOUT 2 by clicking on the link (recorded by Debbie Parshall, YMCA instructor and director in 2020, each class is 25 minutes in length).

Online Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone, but for people with Parkinson's exercise is vital to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. "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, starting with a recommended ability screening, " said Debbie Parshall, instructor and Director of the Countryside Y Otterbein Life Enrichment Center. Please get your free ability screening before taking the virtual classes, we will direct you to the exercise classes best suited for you both online and in person.

How Does it Work?

Step 1: FREE Ability Screening

The Wellness with Parkinson's Program starts with a FREE ability screening to determine which phase of the program is best for you. Ability screenings are by appointment with Debbie Parshall, who has training from Parkinson's Wellness Recovery and Delay the Disease, will do the ability screening and based on the results, she will place you into one of three phases. A few examples of ability screening include:

  • Can you get out of a chair wihtout help?
  • Do you walk without a cane?
  • Have you had zero falls in the past month?

Based on the results, the person may be referred to Atrium Spoorts Medicine and Physical Therepy for formal physicail therapy offered in Phase 1 or they may be placed directly into Phase 2 programming.

Phase 1: For people with Parkinson's who need to begin their exercise program with formal physical therapy. The course of Phase 1 physical therepy 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 and Medicine and Physical Therapy at 513-934-3850, located at Countryside YMCA  I  Lebanon. 

"We have been serving people with Parkinson's for over 20 years. There is evidence to support that people with Parkinson's can slow the progression of the disease by participating in an exercise-based program once discharged from formal physical therapy. We have always encouraged people with Parkinson's to participate in such a program, but, until now, there hasn't been a group wellness program offered right here in Lebanon, "said Lisa Duncan, PT, ATC at  Atrium Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy.

Phase 2: For people placed in Phase 2, you can enrolled in a basic to intermediate level group exercise class which includes stretching, balance, core, seated and standing excercises 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 Otterbein Senior Life Community, Lebanon.

Phase 3: For people placed in Phase 3, you can enroll in 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. The goal is to delay the progression of Parkinson's symptoms as long as possible. These classes are help at Countryside YMCA, Lebanon or at Otterbein Senionr Life Community, Lebanon.

Participants in the program will have increased self-confidence, decreased risk of falls and minimized fatigue. The goal of the program is to give participants a happier lifestyle with reduced rigity and improved mobility, and to delay the decrease as long as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

How Can I Find Out More?

Contact Debbie Parshall at 513 696 8590. If you'd prefer an email contact, fill out this form and one of our Wellness with Parkinson's at the Y instructors will be in touch soon.