Free Tai Chi classes offered every Tuesday at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

Free Tai Chi classes offered every Tuesday at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program is now offering free Tai Chi classes every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 PM at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, Wellness Room 1551.  Please see the class flyer. Classes are free to the community. Walk-ins are welcome.

“Exercise Can Be a Boon to People” with PD

“Exercise Can Be a Boon to People” with PD

Here's an interesting article in today's New York Times about the value of exercise for those with Parkinson's.

Dance for Parkinson’s Classes at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, Now Two Days a Week

Dance for Parkinson’s Classes at Stanford Neuroscience Health Center, Now Two Days a Week

The Dance for Parkinson's class at Stanford now meets two days a week – Mondays and Fridays, 1:30pm-2:45pm. Dancing in chairs, at a barre, or standing, experienced teaching artists lead participants in an enjoyable blend of modern dance, ballet, and social dancing.  The classes are free but require advance registration due to popularity.

4-Session Spinefulness Class Offered Free at Stanford, Starting July 11th

Stanford's Neuroscience Supportive Care Program is offering a four-session one-hour class on "Spinefulness" at no charge on four Monday mornings, 10:30-11:30am, starting on July 11th.  The class is intended for those with Parkinson's Disease and other neurological disorders -- whether seen at Stanford for care or not.  Advance registration is required.

Dance for Parkinson’s Class Offered on Fridays, 12:30-1:45pm, Stanford, Free

The Dance for Parkinson's class, held on Fridays 12:30-1:45pm, at Stanford is now free for those with Parkinson's, family, friends, and caregivers, through a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation. The class location has now changed to the new Stanford Neuroscience Health Center in the Wellness Center on the first floor. The instructor, Damara Vita Ganley, is a professional dancer and trained with the Mark Mark Dance Group's Dance for PD program.  Using this method, professional dancers draw on their unique expertise to help people with Parkinson’s  Disease and their caregivers engage sight, sound, touch, thought, and imagination to inspire movement and expression. Dancing in chairs, at a barre, or standing, experienced teaching artists lead participants in an enjoyable blend

Dance for Parkinson’s

Dance for Parkinson’s

Come try out a new class at Stanford – Dance for Parkinson's. The new class will be held on three Fridays – March 6, March 13, and April 3 – from 12:30-1:45pm. Class size is limited to 10 people with a preference given to those with PD. If there is space, family members or friends can participate.  RSVP required.  If there’s good participation, the class would become regular in May 2015.

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Tai Chi and Qi Gong

There is a new class being hosted at Stanford -- Tai Chi and Qi Gong. The class will be held MWF 4-5pm. Class size is limited to 10 people with a preference given to those with PD. If there is space, family members or friends can participate.

Exercise as Medicine for Parkinson’s Patients

The event we co-sponsored on April 25th got a nice write-up on Kaiser's website: When Ramon Queseda, MD, told his patient Linda Teichman that exercise could help her Parkinson’s symptoms, she was skeptical. But she followed his advice anyway.  Today, the Los Altos, Calif. woman is a model patient: She exercises five days a week, at least two more times than before her diagnosis a year ago. She says she’s stronger now.

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

Exercise as Medicine – Apr 25, 1-3pm, RWC

Becky Farley, PhD, neurorehab specialist and physiologist discusses the benefits of exercise and Parkinson Disease.  Dr. Farley is the founder of Arizona-based Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!).  She developed the LSVT BIG program, a physical therapy program designed for those with PD.  Her talk will address the basic science as she advocates for exercise as a first line of defense in PD. Stanford APDA, in cooperation with Kaiser Permanente (Dr. Ramon Quesdada and PT John Berdoulay) and other community organizations, is hosting Dr. Farley for four days of intensive instruction for PTs, OTs, and fitness instructors.  Our goal is to have more physical therapists, occupational therapists, and fitness professionals trained on exercise for the PD community.