Programs for People with Parkinson's Disease - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Assisted Hours

Staff members are available to help participants with equipment during these hours: 

Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Contact the RIC
Adaptive Sports and
Fitness Program

312-238-5001

312-238-5017 (Fax)

sports@ric.org

RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness
541 North Fairbanks
Mezzanine Level
Chicago, IL 60611 


Office Hours

Monday–Friday
6:15 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Integrated Exercise for Parkinson's

Responding to the results of most current Parkinson’s research, the RIC Fitness Center offers a suite of programs created to mitigate some of the most debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as muscular stiffness and the loss of balance. With classes offered at different locations and for people of different abilities, there is something for everyone.

The Basics

  • Registration is required for these programs and space is limited.
  • All participants are encouraged to consult with their physician before beginning this or any new exercise program.
  • Contact: For more information and to register, contact Aleks Gebska at 312-238-5003.

The Programs

Integrated Exercise for Parkinson's

Where/When

RIC Fitness Center

Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 11:00 - 11:45 AM

Class meets three times each week

Deerfield

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Class meets two times each week

Cost: $165/11-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required?

Yes, for classes that meet at the RIC Fitness Center ONLY.

Participants at the Deerfield and Willowbrook locations do not need to be current RIC Fitness Center members.

Fitness Level: This program is good for all fitness levels.

Integrated Exercise for Parkinson's is specifically designed to help benefit the person diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to use exercise for symptom management. Taught by experts in clinical exercise, this class provides a safe environment for participants to work on ambulation, range of motion and strengthening exercise with an emphasis on postural awareness, breathing, balance, and rhythmical movement.

Exercises aim to increase joint mobility and range of motion, improve balance recovery and gait mechanics, prevent joint deformation, and elevate overall strength and stamina.

Parkinson's Disease Amplitude-based Training

When/Where:

RIC Flagship

Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Class meets two times each week

Deerfield

Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

Class meets two times each week

Willowbrook

Tuesday and Thursday, 4:15 - 5:00 PM

Class meets two times each week

Evanston

Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Class meets once each week

Cost: $165/11-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required? No
Fitness Level:

This class is best suited for individuals in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease who are comfortable performing dynamic movements in both seated and/or standing positions.

Parkinson’s disease Amplitude-Based Training is an advanced level group exercise class that incorporates the latest approach to exercise for early staged individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

This class will utilize high intensity, multidirectional and repetitive movements to increase endurance, balance, and functionality of everyday movements. There will also be an education component to help participants learn about the effects of Parkinson’s disease and strategies to improve function.

Parkinson's Stretch Program

When/Where:

RIC Fitness Center

Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 - 10:45 AM

Class meets two times each week

Willowbrook

Tuesday and Thursday, 3:45-4:15 PM

Class meets two times each week

Cost:

$150/5-week session at the RIC Fitness Center

$110/11-week session at Willowbrook

RIC Fitness Center Membership Required?

Yes, for classes that meet at the RIC Fitness Center ONLY.

Participants at the Willowbrook location do not need to be current RIC Fitness Center members.

Fitness Level:

The class held at the RIC Fitness Center is recommended for people who are able to get on and off the floor with minimal assistance (can use a
chair).

The class held in Willowbrook is good for people of all ability levels.

The Parkinson’s Stretch Program is a flexibility class that addresses one of the
main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease-muscular rigidity. Rigidity leads to
increased stiffness and tension, decreased mobility and poor posture.

Stretching exercises have been shown to improve muscles flexibility, reduce
joint stiffness, muscle spasms, provide chronic pain relief and can help
counteract the postural changes caused by Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's PWR! Circuit

When:

Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 - 1:45 PM

OR

Monday and Friday, 8:00 - 8:45 AM

Class meets two times each week

Where:

RIC Fitness Center

Cost: $660/11-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required?

Yes

Fitness Level:

Participants must be able to walk independently and be able to transfer from standing to floor with minimal assistance (can use chair)

PWR!Moves ® and PWR!Circuit Group classes were developed by Dr. Becky Farley, a physical therapist, neuroscientist and Parkinson exercise specialist . PWR! Circuit Class directly targets four foundational skills shown by research to become impaired in PD and that interfere with everyday mobility. This semi-private class integrates PWR!Moves ® into circuit training.

  • PWR! UP – Antigravity Extension
  • PWR! ROCK – Weight shifting
  • PWR! TWIST – Axial mobility
  • PWR! STEP – Transitional movement training

Each class will warm up and cool down with PWR!Moves and then progressively
challenge those skills physically in every circuit station. Areas of focus at
circuit stations will include: High intensity cardio, functional strength
training, agility, over ground gait training, postural control/fall prevention,
functional floor mobility, vestibular and proprioception stimulation, active
stretching to improve alignment and posture, increased cognitive engagement.

Parkinson's Warm Water Exercise

When: Wednesdays, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Where:

RIC 12th Floor Therapy Pool

Cost: $150/6-week session
RIC Fitness Center Membership Required?

No

Fitness Level:

These classes are good for people who are comfortable standing in chest-deep water, are functionally independent, and are able to use stairs to enter and exit the pool.

Warm water exercise for people with Parkinson’s is a dynamic exercise program that targets the common motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Warm water therapy and exercise has been shown to improve flexibility, active range of motion, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance. These are common areas affected in a person with Parkinson’s. The water also offers some buoyancy and reduces the fear of falling, which allows the participant to safely challenge themselves.

This semi-private class will emphasize these types of exercises in a three part exercise program: Active range of motion, Dynamic Cardiovascular Conditioning, Functional Power Circuit Exercises.

PLEASE NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own swimsuit for the warm water classes. Towels, dressing and changing areas are provided and showers are available for a quick rinse after the class.