Community Parkinson’s Wellness Program

Patient Tossing a BallNumerous studies have shown the benefits of exercise for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Exercise can improve walking, balance, strength and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Based on these findings, we began offering a group exercise program created by Boston University Medical Center that tracks how exercise can help people with Parkinson’s reduce falls and improve overall confidence and mental well-being. Trained physical and occupational therapists evaluate clients before the start of our program and again in the seventh week. These results are sent to Boston University Medical Center to be added to ongoing research.

This intensive exercise program includes mobility exercises, cardiovascular exercises, functional activity, gait training and balance training specific to Parkinson’s disease. Emphasis is placed on posture training and power in order to promote increased amplitude movement and ease of everyday activity.

If you are looking for a fun, exciting and challenging exercise program to improve your mobility and function, come join us! This program is offered at our Salem and Portsmouth locations. The group runs two times per week for seven weeks at our Portsmouth location and two times per week for nine weeks at our Salem location. Each session is 90 minutes long. It is run by a trained physical therapist, occupational therapist or physical therapy assistant along with a rehab aide. A screening is required to ensure your physical and cognitive appropriateness to participate in a group setting. The screening is at no cost.

The total cost is $245 for our seven-week program in Portsmouth, NH, or $315 for our nine-week program in Salem, NH. For session times or more information, please contact:

  • 603-681-3210 at our Salem, NH location
  • 603-501-5519 at our Portsmouth, NH location