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March - Wellness Partner Spotlight

With funding provided by the Minnesota Chapter, Wellness Partners offer classes at a free or reduced rate for people with Parkinson’s.  Wellness Partners are dedicated to serving the Parkinson’s community with evidenced-based exercise resources.  Wellness Partners are trained to provide PD-Friendly Exercise as instructed by the Struthers Parkinson’s Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and other qualified healthcare providers.

As a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, Struthers Parkinson’s Center is dedicated to providing the best possible care for people with Parkinson’s with a variety of programming options. As leaders in Parkinson’s treatment, the Struther’s team has played an active role in creating fitness options to accommodate the unique needs presented by each stage of the disease.  Fitness and flexibility play a critical role in PD management as research suggests exercise may have a protective effect on the brain, slowing the degeneration of brain cells.

Exercise also provides an active way of coping with Parkinson’s. As a wellness partner, Struthers Parkinson’s Center offers an array of low-cost group exercise options designed to meet the unique needs of people affected by Parkinson’s. Struthers team of PD-experts helps people establish early exercise habits as an important component of overall disease management.

Struthers’ low-cost organized classes promote follow through for participants. PD-trained instructors are able to provide clear guidelines or modifications to accommodate each participant’s level of mobility. At just $8/class, people with Parkinson’s are able to participate in daily class offerings that include tai chi, yoga, PWR!, Movement boosters and seated fitness classes.  Classes focus on BIG whole body movements with focus on being symmetrical.  

To learn more about classes available through Struthers, please contact Maria Walde-Douglas @ 952-993-5495.


Struther's is offering a series of education events throughout the month of April (Parkinson's Awareness Month). Learn more about these events here!

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