Parkinson's Exercise Program

WHAT WE OFFER

We offer Parkinson's specific classes at the Mark Green Sports Center. These classes address the different needs of someone with PD and can help improve symptoms, quality of life, and movement. We also offer support groups and caregiver/partner support groups. The Mark Green Sports Center began offering these programs in 2016 with the support of a Parkinson's Foundation Community Grant Award. Since then the Parkinson's Foundation has continuously supported this program in so many ways. We are proud to continue the fight against Parkinson's through exercise and movement. Classes require a medical release waiver to be signed by your physician prior to registering. Call the Fitness Coordinator - Robert Magbanua (510) 675-5600 or email robertmagbanua@unioncity.org for more information on how to register.


If you would like to join our email list, and get updated about our program, events, and support groups. Click here to submit your email and be added onto the list. Click the images shaded in light purple below to sign-up for one of these FREE Caregiver programs. The image shaded with green are video explanations of the exercise classes we offer, and the images shaded with light-blue are flyers with more information.  You can also find descriptions for all free programs and exercise classes below this section. Testimonials are at the bottom of this page.

Exercise Classes We Offer
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Parkinson's Exercise Class Flyer
Parkinson's Exercise Class Flyer - Spanish
PWR! Moves Virtual Class
Boxing for PD Virtual
Mindful Movement Virtual Class

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE PARKINSON'S EXERCISE PROGRAM

Check out these upcoming events that we are involved with.
  • Sunday, March 3, 2024 - The Superhero 5K Fun Run & Walk - $5 from each registration will benefit our Parkinson's Foundation - Moving Day Team. See more info about this event by clicking HERE.
  • Saturday April 20, 2024 - Parkinson's Foundation Moving Day San Jose - The Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Fundraiser supports many local Parkinson’s programs. We have participated in this annual fundraiser since 2015, raising over $90,000. This year I’m hoping we can tip that total over $100,000. It’s a gentle, lovely optional 2 mile walk at Lake Cunningham in San Jose. When you register be sure to join our team, "All Aboard Our Union City A Train". This year the event will recognize our own local Mark Green Sports Center’s phenomenal Parkinson’s Exercise program!

PROGRAM TESTIMONIALS

  1. FREE Program Descriptions
  2. Exercise Class Descriptions

Powerful Tools For Caregivers 6-Week Workshop - Free To Sign-Up. Next Session: January 2023

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a proven six-week program to reduce stress and improve caregiver health. The course is taught by trained class leaders and enables caregivers to develop their own self-care tools that: reduce stress, help change negative self-talk, communicate needs to family members and healthcare providers, and develop a process for making tough caregiving decisions. Program materials focus on the current and ongoing caregiver principles to help caregivers thrive, even while caring for their loved one. The program consists of 6 weekly sessions meeting for 90 minutes. The Caregiver Help book will be provided to all participants. This program has been offered for over 10 years at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and served over 10,000 caregivers. We are excited to begin the new year with another offering of this great program. To sign-up, please click the appropriate image down below. You can also find Testimonials below this section from past participants.

Mindfulness Self-Compassion 8 Week Workshop - Free to Sign-Up. Next Session: February 2023

Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

The course will meet weekly for 8consecutive weeks. Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) is an opportunity to explore how we typically respond when difficulties arise in our lives and to learn tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. Although MSC offers conceptual learning it is designed to be more experiential than theoretical. MSC is therapeutic, but it’s not therapy. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources to meet emotional challenges, old and new. MSC is also not primarily a type of mindfulness training; MSC is mindfulness-based compassion training in which the quality of warmth is emphasized more than awareness itself.


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This program is supported by a grant from the Parkinson's Foundation.