Moving Through Parkinson’s
These classes are designed for people living with Parkinson’s Disease who want to improve balance, combat stiffness and rigidity, and improve coordination, and spatial awareness. Our goals are to build confidence to move with freedom and ease, acquire tools to use on a daily basis, build strength and endurance and, overall, to improve our wellbeing as we interact, share and move together.
Classes are free and are held on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the Center for Healthy Aging inside the CSU Health and Medical Center. Masks and social distancing are required.
Led by CSU Dance faculty member, Lisa Morgan, the program has grown to be a hub for academic and research collaborations, bringing an integrated and diverse offering to people living with Parkinson’s (PWP). Participants come from Fort Collins, Greeley, Windsor, Loveland, and as far away as Leadville and Laramie! The CSU Music Therapy program partners with Moving Through Parkinson’s to place practicum and service learning students. Students add to these fun and productive sessions by supporting the intention and focus of the movement and inspiring the participants to explore and express. Students from the Occupational Therapy program also gain practicum experience from the classes.
Classes are also supported by the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies and the Parkinson’s Support Group of Larimer County. In addition, we have recently collaborated with the Kendall Regan Nutrition Center to develop handouts focused on specific nutritional and dietary challenges for PWP.