YMCA of Metro Denver Helps Fight Parkinson’s
DENVER – Tremors, muscular rigidity and imprecise movements are among the physical impacts for the 1 million Americans – and roughly 17,000 Coloradoans – who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. The YMCA of Metropolitan Denver is helping those affected by Parkinson’s build strength and balance and reduce these symptoms through a specially designed Parkinson’s Exercise Class.
Developed by the GZ Sobol Parkinson’s Network, the Parkinson’s Exercise Class incorporates exercises that have been proven to improve specific deficits in strength, balance and flexibility, according to Joni Krickbaum, YMCA class instructor and active older adult coordinator.
Moreover, in addition to addressing the physical ailments of Parkinson’s, the class provides a crucial support group for participants.
“The class is small and close knit,” Krickbaum said. “It allows for participants and caretakers to develop important relationships with one another. Through this support and community, they not only improve their mobility, strength, and balance, but also increase their confidence and self-esteem as they overcome their individual challenges.”
Class participants report positive results, both in their physical abilities and in their spirit and mood. “My symptoms have changed for the better because of this class. Although I’ve gotten stronger, my favorite part of the class is the people,” said class participant Katie Kline.
The Parkinson’s Exercise Class is one of the many Parkinson’s disease programs offered through the YMCA, including Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s High Energy, and Yoga for Parkinson’s. The classes are part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver’s 140-plus-year commitment to promoting healthy living for all individuals, no matter who they are or what they’re going through.
The Parkinson’s Exercise Class is offered at the Downtown Denver YMCA on Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., as well as at the Susan M. Duncan Family YMCA on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. For more information and schedules for other Parkinson’s classes and all YMCA programs for healthy living visit www.denverymca.org/downtown.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
A leading non-profit, the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver brings together over 71,000 children, teens, members, and volunteers in a shared commitment to strengthen community. Through a variety of programs and services, we promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility throughout Denver and at our five locations in Arvada, Littleton, Southwest Denver, University Hills, and downtown. We are one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively helping more than 21 million people learn, grow, and thrive. To join, donate, or get more information, visit www.denverymca.org.