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Wellness & Exercise

The Wellness Program
The Wellness Program occurs every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm year round in our office. Attendees participate in one hour of seated exercise, followed by lunch and games. Caregivers are encouraged to use this time for respite.

10:30am - 11:30am: Seated Exercise
11:30am - Noon: Lunch ($5 donation suggested)
Noon - 1:00pm: Social Activities/Games

The Wellness Program is FREE.

Dance for PD

On Mondays, Dance for PD meets in the Heartland Chapter office from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. This class if FREE.

Dance for Parkinson's is modeled after a national dance program designed to empower participants to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.  Not a dancer?  You don't have to be - think of this class as movement exercises set to music!.

Our local instructor, Suzanne Ryan, from the Kansas City Ballet School attended a specialized training at the national Dance for PD® organization in New York.

For more information regarding the KC Dance for Parkinson's program, please call the NPF Heartland office at 913.341.8828. For more information regarding the history of the Dance for PD program, please visit:

Seated Exercise Class
On Wednesdays, a seated exercise class meets in the Heartland Chapter office from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. This class if FREE.

For people with Parkinson’s, exercise is not only healthy, but a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities.

Benefits of exercise:

  • Symptom management. Research has shown that exercise can improve gait, balance, tremor, flexibility, grip strength and motor coordination.
  • Possibly slowing disease progression. There is a strong consensus among physicians and physical therapists that improved mobility decreases the risk of falls and some other complications of Parkinson’s disease.

Click here to download a list of exercise programs in your area.

Click here to download a list of Rock Steady Boxing programs in your area. 

PD Friendly Exercise Instructors

People with Parkinson’s need Instructors who understand the needs of people living with the symptoms and progression of this disease.

The Parkinson’s Foundation Heartland Chapter has developed the PD Friendly Program to teach instructors the things to be aware of when working with these individuals.  For more information or to register for an upcoming training, contact Program Manager Kim Nitz at or 913-341-8828.

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