Friday, August 2, 2019

Therapeutic Dance Class August 1, 2019

We had a very good time at our dance class last night. Ivan and Linda from the regular dancers were there in support as they usually are. We really appreciate them. Something very special has been created with the support and the willingness to help that has been there from the beginning. Beginning in September the class will be moving to a 4:00 time due to a scheduling conflict (mine).

Friday, July 12, 2019

Classes

Activity exercise classes sponsored by our Parkinson's Support Group:


Therapuetic Dance Class

The dance class involves instruction and practice in dance movements emphasizing learning of dance steps to voice commands. Benefits include movement and exercise of the brain. Techniques of square and round dancing to benefit those with movement disorders of all types. It will be held Thursdays at 3:00 pm at Sullivan’s RV Park 1935 S 5th Avenue and will start June 6.

Move and Shout Exercise Class

The Move and Shout class is a group exercise program involving movements and coordination with voice exercises. Can serve as a follow-up group practice for LSVT BIG and LOUD therapy. It will be held on Tuesdays at 5:00 pm at Monte Vista Hills, 1071 Renee, Pocatello starting June 4.

Boxing Class

The boxing class will include participation in group boxing activities with gloves and bags. Activities involve leg/foot and arm/hand coordination along with voice exercises. Day and times not determined yet, location is anticipated to be Gate City Boxing Club at 323 No Main.

July 11 Dance Class

We had another successful dance class last night. The regulars who come out to help us are very supportive and helpful. We really appreciate them! The five of us for whom the class was organized have attended every week. Would like to draw more people, it's on our calendar and is listed on the Idaho State Journal Community Calendar every week.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Passing of Brent Grigg

It is with sadness that we note the passing of Brent Grigg on June 29. He and his wife Darla Packer Grigg were the face of our Parkinson's support group for many years. We send our condolences to Darla and the family.

July 2 Move and Shout Exercise Class

July 2 Move and Shout exercise class

We had a very good class today with the three regulars in attendance, Dean, Kris, and Spencer. Susan Bringhurst visited the class to check us out on the types of exercise we do. She could help us develop additional exercise routines for the future.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

June 11 Move and Shout class

The class was held today with two new people, one of them from MonteVista Healthcare Center. Dean Hazen didn't make it but he had a cold and got busy doing yard work. He'll be here in the future. We had a good class.

June 6 Dance class for therapy

We got off to a bit of a slow start for this class. The only ones who came were regular dancers from Steve Sullivan's group. However there was one Parkinson's person, two with Essential Tremors, and one other dancer with physical limitations. There were enough regular dancers who came to assist with the dancing that we were able to do regular squares. More will come in future weeks as the word gets out, I'm sure as they have been asking about the location etc.

June 4 Move and Shout class

We started our Move and Shout class today using the CD. Dean Hazen and I were the only ones there but we both enjoyed the class and felt it was a good and beneficial exercise class. We planned to continue the class with a possible rotation of the CD classes. The Power for Parkinson's group also has many classes on U-tube. See you next week.

June 10 Monthly Meeting Chris Owens Pharm.D

Our regular meeting on June 10 was also a very good meeting Chris Owens gave an excellent presentation on Parkinsonism and the medications used for the treatment of symptoms of Parkinson's. He had a handout that he gave us rather than a slide show presentation. It contained much good information about the medications and their uses in treatment. This meeting again was well attended with some new people as well.

June 3 extra presentation Patrick Nicholson MD

As Dr. Nicholson wasn't able to meet with us at our regular time, we held this extra meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday June 3. He gave an excellent presentation on Parkinson's and other movement disorders. There were many questions and we ended up staying after the regular meeting time. We had good attendance and everyone seemed to enjoy the presentation. A precursor to a start of some exciting happenings with our group with the launch of two exercise classes.

May 13 Monthly Meeting Kathy Olson, RN

We had an excellent meeting with Kath Olson today, everyone seemed to enjoy the activities and participated. She gave us information on Yoga as a benefit for Parkinson's patients. As she had reviewed the Move and Shout exercise material for me previously she conducted the exercises we did today like Move and Shout. As stated before everyone who was there participated and seemed to really enjoy the activity. We had a good number of people in attendance. It was a good meeting.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Calendar


To see the calendar click on the blue words here:

Current Calendar


In the calendar the items in blue are our support group sponsored activities and the other colored items are suggested community classes and activities that are available.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Support Groups

Support group

Support group
In a support group, members provide each other with various types of help, usually nonprofessional and nonmaterial, for a particular shared, usually burdensome, characteristic. Members with the same issues can come together for sharing coping strategies, to feel more empowered and for a sense of community. The help may take the form of providing and evaluating relevant information, relating personal experiences, listening to and accepting others' experiences, providing sympathetic understanding and establishing social networks. A support group may also work to inform the public or engage in advocacy.

Guiding ideals

The new classes are planned to begin in June and are based on the idea that for Parkinson’s patients: There is one proven way to help yourself and that is to be fit and exercise! Adding exercise to your routine will be sure to improve your overall health and sense of well being. Exercise is the one thing individuals can do to delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease! Time and time again research has shown the benefits of multiple forms of exercise.

The initial programs are anticipated to start the first week of June. We will offer three classes that vary with the type of exercise utilized. Our initial classes will be a dance class we are calling Therapeutic Dancing, a class called Move and Shout that exercises the voice along with the muscles, and a boxing class focusing on movement of feet along with arms.