Parkinson’s Fitness is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease through personalized exercise training classes, and arts and movement programs. We hope our first-hand experience will help those facing the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s Fitness programs are located in communities on Boston’s North Shore and seek to educate otherwise healthy individuals and families to:
- establish empowering physical and cognitive goals;
- develop confidence in one’s physicians;
- find a welcoming location to share with others the challenges and triumphs of living with Parkinson’s
About the Founders
At age 55, Keith walked down a neurologist’s hallway, touched each of his fingers to his thumbs in quick succession, held his arms outstretched at shoulder height as the doctor watched for tremor, and resisted the force of the doctor’s hand pressing on his leg.
In less than a half hour, Keith – the experienced Navy flight instructor, military reconnaissance and commercial airlines pilot, staunch fitness enthusiast and personal trainer, wage-earner husband and father of a young baseball-playing son – struggled to comprehend what the doctor meant when he told him, “You have Parkinson’s.”
Following the initial diagnosis, as a husband-wife team knowing that their lives were forever changed, Keith and Linda Hall faced questions about future physical and emotional challenges. They joined the hundreds of thousands of other “PWPs” (people with Parkinson’s) who have learned to:
- seek out physicians who will best listen and guide;
- join clinical trials;
- research the latest information;
- consider the benefits of a support group;
- participate in Parkinson’s assessment programs
Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive opponent that throws down an intimidating gauntlet. Keith and Linda want you to be inspired to create goals that provide a rewarding quality of life.
“Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble that the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal.” Robert Collier