Exercise Routines And Activities To Manage Symptoms And Improve Quality Of Life


Now is the best time to commit to an exercise routine to help manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Caregivers will find that exercise relieves stress and gets the feel-good hormones flowing.

Find a new activity you enjoy or challenge yourself in your current workout. The buddy system works great to keep you motivated and there are lots of apps and wearable technology to keep track of your progress. I am grateful to Cindy Marcus, San Fernando Valley Caregivers Only Parkinson’s support group leader, who gave me a VIVOfit™ bracelet for my birthday. I have yet to manage the tech but it certainly has made me aware of how much (or how little) I move during a 24-hour period. This bracelet also sets your daily goal and keeps track of your heart rate and sleeping patterns. Download it on your computer or smartphone to find other people and start a friendly competition.

Even if you haven’t exercised in a while, remember: doing something is better than doing nothing. Before you embark on a strenuous exercise routine, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while, be sure to check with your doctor first.

A great tip from Rich “Keep Moving” Grenn: music will inspire your workout. Here’s a playlist from About Health and it works just as well for exercising as for running.

There are plenty of targeted exercise opportunities in our NeuroCommunity and I will list a few here. Check with your local senior center, YMCA, etc to find what’s available near you.  Let me know if you need contact info for the instructors on this list or click on the links to find out schedules and fees/donations, or if memberships are required (for example for classes at the YMCA or some senior centers). You can also download exercise videos or purchase DVD’s from various sources and I’m be happy to make recommendations and give you referrals.

You may want to bookmark this page as I will be updating when new information becomes available. Please share your favorite exercise routines or activities for the benefit our NeuroCommunity.

Exercise Routines And Activities To Manage Symptoms And Improve Quality Of Life

Live broadcast of Yoga for Parkinson’s with Renee Le Verrier, RYT

Pomona: Casa Colina Parkinson’s Disease Speech and Exercise Group

Azusa: Casa Colina Parkinson’s Disease Speech and Exercise Group

Pasadena: group and private fitness classes, cardio, Pilates, restorative yoga, Gyrotonic Expansion System®, and meditation with Leslie Frank, DPT (neurological program and multiple sclerosis program)

San Gabriel & San Fernando Valleys, Ventura County: fitness and targeted exercises for neurological disorders with Lori Michiel, NASM-CPT

Tarzana and Encino: aqua fitness with Deborah Goldberger (also private and semi-private instruction in your pool)

Encino: adult fitness classes including Tai Chi & Chi Qong at Balboa Sports Center, LA City Recreation and Parks

Northridge: therapeutic exercises on land and in the water at the Center of Achievement Through Adapted Physical Activity at California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

Northridge: Laughter Yoga with Shelley Bell, CLYL, CLYT

West Hills: art therapy with Alison Paolini

San Fernando Valley, Ventura County: Neurotherapeutic Yoga with Colleen Carroll, YT

San Fernando Valley, Ventura County: Nordic Walking with Carol H. Prata

Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara: therapeutic and intergenerational orchestra with MusicMendsMinds

Tarzana?: Invertigo Dance Theatre is ready to bring its Dancing Through Parkinson’s program to us but we need a commitment for a minimum number of participants.

Westlake Village: weekly exercise class/Debbie Jew, coordinator
1st Friday of month – Exercise
2nd Friday of month – Music Therapy with Debbie Sipos
3rd Friday of month – “Chair” yoga with Jamie Hampton
4th Friday of month – Tai Chi with Nora Li

Ventura County: PD Fighters non-contact Rock Steady Boxing Method with Jennifer Parkinson

Ventura County: Laughter Wellness with Arlene Raisner, CLYL

Newbury Park: Anytime Fitness 24-hour gym great workout classes recommended by Judy C.

Camarillo: Mindfullness with Holly Sacks

Camarillo, Ventura: Art of Moving for PD and movement disorders with Camille Torgeson

Camarillo: Focus on Balance, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation, Tai Chi Sun, Aqua Exercise with Camille Torgeson

Ventura: Focus on Balance, Tai Chi for Rehabilitiation, Tai Chi Sun, Walking with Camille Torgeson

Santa Barbara: Move to Connect for PD with Leslie Sack and Ruth Wishengrad

The above list is a work in progress. I need your help to add the many other wonderful programs that I am sure are out there. Shoot me an email, speak your mind below, or use the contact form on this site.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-885-8623 to speak with Viviane Tondeur, Education Director, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Information Center at CARE, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.


  1. .Can you please answer my question
    I would like to know the cost of each groups and which ones are free.
    Thank you.

    • educationdirector says:

      Julio, please click on the links in the post to see the phone numbers for the instructors. You will need to call them to find out their schedules and fees. Keep moving! Viviane

  2. I belong to an Anytime Fittnes Gym in Newbury Park Ca Tuesday and Thursday morning at 10, great workout, you do as much as you can, I am happy to report that
    after doing this for a year my balance is much better, and I feel strong and good. This is my Fifth year of Parkinsons.
    I am starting to walk again, other than working 4 days a week, hopefuly 1 mile to start
    Almost all Fitness Clubs have classes,check them out.
    Thanks for all the great info.
    Judy Carr

    • educationdirector says:

      Good for you, Judy, glad to hear the exercise program is beneficial for you. Thanks for the update and I will add Anytime Fitness Gym to the list. It looks like they’re open 24h. Best regards, Viviane

  3. Lorraine varnen says:

    I would be interested in dancing through parkinsons program in San Fernando valley. Thanks Lorraine Varnen

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