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Hampshire Regional YMCA - Northampton, MA


Community Rehabilitation Care at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton is partnering with Boston University 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 our commitment to excellence and optimal patient outcomes.

Hampshire Regional YMCA
286 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060

New sessions begin Tuesday, March 4, 2014. For more information, click here.

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, occupational and speech therapists, participants will learn exercises and a problem solving approach to managing daily mobility, self-care and communication 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 communication and 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 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 are included in a participant’s manual to help individuals learn the exercises and strategies and apply them at home and in the community.

For more information contact Debra R. Ellis, MS, PT, NCS at 413-695-6069 or synergyrehabconsult@hotmail.com.


Parkinson's Exercise Program #2

For participants who have previously participated in the Community Wellness Program at Hampshire Regional YMCA, there is now a Parkinson's Exercise Program #2 taking place on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30pm.

For more information or to register, contact Lynne Zusi at 413-584-7086 x119 or lynne.zusi@hrymca.org.