Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility, & Wellness

Gordon College Center for Balance, Mobility, and Wellness is partnering with Sargent College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences to offer a Community Based Wellness Program for people with Parkinson’s disease. Expanding our continuum of care within the community supports the Center’s commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Gordon College Center for Balance Mobility, & Wellness
255 Grapevine Road
Wenham, MA

New session begins Monday, March 23, 2015. Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What kind of a program is this and how can it help you?

The Community Based Wellness Program is one that is designed to help individuals with Parkinson’s disease, living in the community, learn to manage their health more effectively in order to improve day-to-day function and quality of life. Under the guidance of licensed physical therapists, participants will learn exercises and a problem solving approach to managing daily mobility and self-care issues which often interfere with function and quality of life.

Participants will receive information about the program schedule containing the specific days and times the program will take place. Each session will last 1.5 hours and will consist of group exercises to improve mobility and the practice of functional activities such as walking, rising from a chair and handwriting. In addition, a group discussion will be included which focuses on solving common problems experienced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease. At each discussion group, a new topic will be introduced and participants will work together to develop strategies to manage a particular problem and improve function and quality of life. Instruction will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual with Parkinson’s disease. Written information and pictures will be included in a participant’s manual to help individuals learn the exercises and strategies and apply them at home and in the community.

For information, contact Dede Petre at 978-867-4095.

The Center for Balance, Mobility, and Wellness at Gordon College will now be adding a Tai Chi for Parkinson's Disease class on Fridays as an optional third day of exercise. This ten-week program will run each Friday, beginning March 27, 2015. There is a $10/class fee or one may choose to enroll in all ten classes up front for a fee of $80.

For information, contact Ross Ackley at 978-867-4147 or ross.ackley@gordon.edu.