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Parkinson's Programs

Exercise is key to an active and healthy life, especially for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. Experts agree that regular movement and social gathering may help improve non-motor symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and fatigue. 
 
Join one of our programs and be part of your local Parkinson’s community. 

Singercise

Strength and Exercise for Parkinson's

A functional exercise program for people living with Parkinson’s disease designed to help manage symptoms and rebuild functionality.

Join Personal Trainer Olivia Conklin for a strength training program for persons living with Parkinson’s disease.

Participants can expect:

  • Exercises to help strengthen muscles to improve your daily life such as sitting, standing and balance
  • Activities to address hand-eye coordination and cognitive abilities

 

Exercise has shown to positively affect:

  • Mood and self-confidence
  • Bone health, sleep, digestion, fatigue, gait and functional mobility

 

All classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2pm and are led by Certified Personal Trainer Olivia Conklin, with assistance from Lori DePorter. 

Rates can be adjusted for those joining part way through the month. Financial assistance is available. 

Contact Olivia Conklin for more information at 570.556.4191 or oconklin@gsvymca.org

Singercise

Singercise is a free class offered for people battling Parkinson’s disease along with their caregivers. This program, now in its third consecutive year, is offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Singercise is a workout for all those little muscles involved in the production of speech. Participants have reported positive results in the areas of speech, mood, and feeling a sense of community. 

Class will be every* Monday beginning January 16, 2023. In Person Class: 11:30 am; Virtual Class: 1 pm, via Zoom. *No class on President’s Day, the Monday after Easter and Memorial Day. 

Class is led by board-certified music therapist Alysha Suley, MM, MT-BC, a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the International Association for Music & Medicine.

Registration is required and class slots are available on a first come, first served basis. Interested participants may register online. Singercise is open to participants of any physical ability or fitness level. Musical experience and singing ability are not required. Classes are ongoing with new sessions beginning all the time so it’s best to email to get the latest info.

Alysha Suley, Singercise Instructor

Singercise is made possible at no cost to participants thanks to a generous donation from the Parkinson’s Foundation. 

Contact Alysha Suley for more information at 570.316.1899 or info@bloomsburgmusictherapy.org

Living and Learning with Parkinson's

hands joined together in the Parkinson's support group

Those living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers are invited to join us for our new support group. Meetings will be the first Wednesday of every month at 10 AM at the Lewisburg YMCA in Room D/E.
The group is free for all who attend. For more info, please contact Lori DePorter at ldeporter@gsvymca.org.

Additional Parkinson's Resources

Every Victory Counts book cover

First published in 2010, the Every Victory Counts® manual broke new ground as the only resource of its kind, devoted solely to the principle of proactive self-care and a holistic approach to managing Parkinson’s. For more information, and to order your copy click here

If you are looking for a specific publication, check out the Parkinson’s Foundation library. You can search by topic and your personal connection to Parkinson’s. 

Life, Lemon's and Lemonade - Lori's Blog graphic

Follow Lori’s journey through Parkinson’s in her personal blogs, “Life, Lemons, and Lemonade,” and “Dance Like No One is Watching.” 

Lewisburg YMCA

120 Hardwood Dr
Lewisburg, PA 17837

570.556.4191

Mifflinburg YMCA

333 East Chestnut St
Mifflinburg, PA 17844

570.966.7273

Milton YMCA

12 Bound Avenue
Milton, PA 17847

570.742.7321

Sunbury YMCA

1150 North 4th Street
Sunbury, PA 17801

570.286.5636

The Arts Center

35 South 5th St
Sunbury, PA 17801

570.286.0818

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