Every time you hear the news, yet another activity is being canceled due to the Corona Virus and the Parkinson's community is no exception. The authorities are warning us to take precautions to avoid being exposed especially if we are older or have other underlying medical conditions. Unfortunately, for many of us, that means staying home or at the very least, staying away from groups. We at PD Buzz want you to keep moving and stay connected to the Parkinson's community even under these circumstances. Here are some ideas to get you through until things settle down and get back to normal. Check back here often as we will update this page with new information and ideas. We will be updating PD Buzz's Facebook and Instagram pages often with closure information and helpful hints and we would love to hear what you are doing at this time to stay connected and active. Comment below to let us know how it's all going.
Online Exercise Programs for People with Parkinson's
Rx Ballroom Dance - Enjoy learning to line dance on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:30. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the link to this free Zoom class.
Daily Dose PD is free for the first 30 days. Use the promo code MOVE to get half off for the next three months.
Brian Grant Foundation - free online exercise videos for people with Parkinson's.
SmartX PD - Patrick LoSasso has many free videos and articles about Parkinson's exercise.
Power for Parkinson's - Free online exercise for Parkinson's videos.
NeuroFit BC - Free online exercise videos for Parkinson's.
Rock Steady Boxing - Rock Steady Boxing Headquarters in Indianapolis has uploaded a series of free videos to use at home to keep you moving and motivated during the current world health dilemma. Make sure to subscribe to #rsbrox
Online Dance Class- Davis Phinney ambassador, Amy Carlson, is holding virtual dance classes at 8:30 PDT every morning on zoom. Click the link to join the zoom meeting.
Neuroboxing - Jennifer Parkinson and her crew at Neuroboxing have put together some videos for at home exercise. Subscribe to the YouTube channel and stay tuned for more.
Reactive PT Resource List - Reactive PT has put together a list of online exercise resources.
7 Helpful Hand Exercises for Parkinson's - don't forget that your hands need exercising too. These exercises will help with daily activities like writing, doing buttons, turning doorknobs.
Work Out with Jimmy Choi - If you want to know what it's like to work out with American Ninja Warrior, Jimmy Choi, now's your chance. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 Central Time.
PD on the Move - Free exercise library of videos
Many in person events have been canceled due to COVID-19. The Parkinson's and Movement Disorder Alliance is offering weekly online programs to answer our questions and keep us connected. Learn More.
2020 Insight into Parkinson's Online Conference April 1st-3rd
Over 60 speakers will be presenting at the largest online global conference for PD. Register here.
Ideas to Stay Active
Go for a walk outside.
Take a scenic drive.
Spring has sprung and the flowers are in bloom. Take some time to work...or play, in your garden.
Music is good for the body, mind and soul. Download some new music and listen to it while doing your chores. The rhythm may help you move better and if you sing along, it is great for your voice!
Call an old friend. Now is a great time to catch up.
Fun Apps to Try
Do you have a favorite app? Let us know!
Clock Yourself - This exercise app will challenge your body and brain. The app does cost $1.99 but well worth it.
Words With Friends - If brain games are your thing, this might be for you.
The Daily Mini - Challenge your friends to a daily mini crossword and see who can do it the fastest.
Lumosity - This app is sure to challenge your memory and attention and gives your brain a daily workout.
Online Support Groups
We know it isn't the same as meeting in person but if your support group isn't meeting right now, you may want to consider joining a private Facebook Group for PWP. There are many out there. Below are just a few. You could also start your own private group just for your support group.