Wellness Program for Parkinson’s Patients & their Care Partners

Starting January 1, 2022, this program will be FREE with a Y Membership.

Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

The Bangor Region YMCA’s Wellness Program for Parkinson’s Patients and their Care Partners is an evidence-based program focused on providing social, emotional, physical, and quality of life improvements.

During this 12-week program, both patient and care partner will each attend two 2-hour classes each week either in person or virtually and will have a wide variety of options available to them. Each participant will be guided by our Health & Wellness Team to the options that will be most beneficial to them and help slow progression of the disease. Care partners will have the option to participate in activities together with patients or separately.

Each 2-hour class will include:

  • Up to one hour with a support group or an education session
  • Up to an hour of an activity focused on physical wellness or emotional, social and mental wellness.

Our team of caring professionals will help you focus on three major areas to improve your health:

  • Pedaling for Parkinson’s® is an evidence-based program with a goal to improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s patients and their care givers.
    • Riding an indoor, stationary bicycle at a fast pace (80 – 90 RPM) has been shown to reduce Parkinson’s disease symptoms by as much as 35%.
  • Classes that involve aerobic and resistance exercises designed for older adults. These classes focus on cardiovascular and strength—full body with dumbbells or body weight, balance, and flexibility.

  • Strong Connections at the Y using support groups, group activities, education, and mindfulness to increase social connections.
  • Exploration of extracurricular activities designed to promote greater engagement in activity for both care partner and family member for greater quality of life.

  • Education on the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, including Healthy Habit sessions.
  • Education on community resources and support to care partners and family member.
  • Possible transportation support for participants.

For more information,
 email Vanessa Newman, our Community Health Advocate, or email Kristen Pollard, Chief Programs Operations Officer.

This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.