Check out APDA Let’s Keep Moving Fitness Series

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month!

Many of those impacted by PD may be wondering how the current pandemic could impact their lives in the context of PD. Check out an excellent and frequently updated FAQ list about PD and COVID-19, by Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, shared by the APDA:

Whether you are are meeting up with friends under normal circumstances, or looking for ways to safely keep moving while social distancing, the APDA and other organizations regularly coordinate sessions and events to support individuals with PD. Check out some great opportunities to participate in live fitness events, as well as resources to find videos to move to at home.

APDA Let’s Keep Moving Fitness Series:
The APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center for Parkinson’s Disease at Boston University will be hosting live fitness-focused sessions on Wednesdays at 1pm ET. These will be short (approximately 20 minutes) sessions that offer education/instruction and the opportunity for the public to ask questions. These will be available via Zoom, and also live-streamed to APDA’s Facebook page. We will promote and encourage registration via social media.

The schedule is currently as follows:

  • April 8: Be Active at Home: Exercise tips for people with PD
  • April 15: How to Stay Motivated for Physical Activity with Social Distancing
  • April 22: Setting up for Success at Home: Creating an Exercise-Friendly Area
  • April 29: Stepping into Spring: Keep your step count up with a walking programRegistration link: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
    Meeting ID: 886-872-142


APDA’s Greater St. Louis Chapter’s YouTube channel

  • Archived classes that feature tai chi, yoga, interval training, kickboxing, chair exercises and more.
  • Additional classes are being filmed nearly every day.
  • New classes will also be live-streamed to the YouTube channel.

Dance for PD

  • Specialized dance classes hosted by the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Archived classes available
  • Also host Sing for PD classes as well
  • Check out the schedule and links for the live online classes

Tai Chi for PD

APDA Massachusetts has worked with Jane Arsham, founder and principal instructor of Moving Easy, on various programs for people with PD.  Although they usually take place in person, Jane will deliver the classes remotely on a weekly basis until it is safe for the community to gather in person. There is time built into each session for the students to connect and share. These free online classes are open to all no matter where you live.

  • Mondays, 1:00 -2:00 PM:  Starting Monday March 30, 2020
  • Wednesdays, 11:30 – 12-30 PM: Starting April 1, 2020

To Register:  Contact Jane Arsham at 339-707-0277 or


Parkinson Voice Project

  • An effective program that combines education, individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!), and ongoing group sessions (The LOUD Crowd).
  • SPEAK OUT! home practice videos available online


For more information about Parkinson’s Disease and to find local resources, visit the American Parkinson’s Disease Association, Minnesota Chapter.

If you or a loved one have been showing signs of a possible movement disorder, or have been diagnosed and are seeking a neurologist for management of the disease and symptoms, call Noran Neurological Clinic at 612-879-1500 to make an appointment with a neurologist experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders. We are currently available for both in person and telemedicine appointments.

If you are considering exploring Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) as a treatment option, ask for Dr. Eleanor Orehek. As an expert in Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, Dr. Orehek is also very involved in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in the treatment of symptoms in appropriate surgical candidates.

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