Parkinson Movement Classes
Samira K. Beckwith

Movement Classes for Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise is critical for managing symptoms like impaired balance or decreased coordination. Some experts believe it may slow the progression of the disease. Attend a variety of unique, helpful movement classes throughout Lee County. Remember to consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

Please contact us before attending your first class! Dates, times, and locations are subject to change and may be suspended during holidays; see our current newsletter for updated calendars.

Exercise programs are supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Classes at the Cape Healthy Life Center are provided at no cost to our participants, thanks to the generous support of the Thompson Family.

Brookdale at Cypress Lake
7460 Lake Breeze Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33907
11am Thursdays

Cypress Cove at HealthPark
10500 Cypress Cove Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
11am Mondays

Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928
11am Mondays and Wednesdays

Hope Healthcare in Cape Coral
2430 Diplomat Parkway E
Cape Coral, FL 33909
11am Tuesdays and Thursdays

Healthy Life Center in Cape Coral
609 SE 13th Court
Cape Coral, FL 33990
1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays

Hope Connections in LaBelle
475 East Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL 33935
9am Thursdays

Water Aerobics for Parkinson’s Disease

For people with Parkinson’s Disease, water aerobics can be a great option for exercise and activity. Being immersed in water allows you to concentrate on your movements, rather than the risk of falling. The buoyancy and lightness you feel may allow you to experience a greater range of movement. The water also provides an excellent source of resistance, challenging you to improve your balance and coordination in a low-impact environment.

Healthy Life Center in Cape Coral
609 SE 13th Court, Cape Coral, FL 33990
1pm Mondays and Wednesdays

Tai Chi for Parkinson’s Disease

Through Tai Chi, participants learn key concepts to maintain or regain mobility, increase strength and balance, and reduce the risk of falling. All fitness levels are welcome, and no prior experience is needed. Movements may be modified to match your level of ability – some participants may be assisted or seated for the class. Care partners are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe, flat shoes with a flexible sole.

Hope Healthcare in Cape Coral
2430 Diplomat Parkway E
Cape Coral, FL 33909
3pm Mondays

Hope Healthcare in Fort Myers
9470 HealthPark Circle
Fort Myers, FL 33908
2:30pm Wednesdays

The ongoing weekly classes above are drop-in practice classes. An evidence-based 12 week workshop, “Tai Chi for Better Balance,” is also available at different times throughout the year. The series is available at no cost for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or related movement disorders.

Nurse helping a senior woman at home with her stretching exercises

LSVT BIG: Physical Therapy for PD

LSVT BIG is a standardized treatment protocol for Parkinson’s disease, customized for you based on your goals and your current abilities. The program is adaptable and will help people with a wide range of impairments. Your LSVT BIG treatment will consist of 16 sessions, 4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks, and includes:

  • Individual 1 hour sessions
  • Daily homework practice
  • Daily carryover exercises

What makes LSVT different?
LSVT BIG adheres to the idea that our bodies can change through repeated efforts. With practice, you can retrain your muscles to function more effectively. Repetition of daily tasks will help you conquer more complex and challenging tasks in the future. Feedback and motivation are definitely a part of this process! After your sessions are complete, you’ll notice a measurable improvement in your ability to move and live your best life.

LSVT sessions are available through Hope Visiting Nurses, whose staff are certified in this method. For further details, including costs, please call Hope Visiting Nurses directly at 239-337-4848.

Other Local Fitness Resources

Although not directly affiliated with the Hope Parkinson Program, these other opportunities for exercise and movement may be helpful to you. Please contact these organizations to learn more about the classes they offer.

YMCA Pedaling for Parkinson’s
Fort Myers 239-275-9622
Bonita Springs 239-221-7560

Tai Chi Balance Class
Lehigh Acres Senior Center
Ages 50+ only; price included in membership fees
239-369-5355

General Water Aerobics
Lee County Public Pools
San Carlos, Lehigh Acres, Fort Myers, and Pine Island
239-533-7275
leegov.com/parks/pools

Parkinson’s Boxing Programs

Are you ready for a high energy, no-contact exercise? No boxing experience is necessary to join these unique classes, which are ideal for those experiencing mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease symptoms. Boxing drills and conditioning may help improve your balance, agility, speed, endurance, accuracy, hand-eye coordination, footwork, and overall strength. Class instructors have completed special education and will provide personal assessments before you begin your boxing program. Costs will vary at these private, local gyms.

These classes are not directly affiliated with the Hope Parkinson Program.

Around the Clock Fitness in Cape Coral
1140 Ceitus Terrace #8,
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Call 239-242-2348

FYZICAL Fitness in Fort Myers
13010 Metro Pkwy,
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Call 239-561-1177