Parkinson's Foundation Living with Parkinson’s: Mind, Mood and Motion

November 17, 2022

Make plans now to attend a free educational program in Wenham, MA on Thursday, November 17th to learn about the impact physical activity can have on the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, as well as mood and thinking changes. This program is supported by the Parkinson’s Foundation and open to people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and the community. There is no charge to attend, but registration is necessary to secure seating space. REGISTER HERE

Program presenter: Anna DePold Hohler, MD, FAAN Chair, Department of Neurology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Professor of Neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor at Boston University School of Medicine

When: Thursday, November 17, 2022; 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET (Check-in and Resource Fair starts at 1 p.m.)

Where: Gordon College – The Chairman’s Room at the Ken Olsen Science Center (KOSC) | 255 Grapevine Road, Wenham, MA 01984

How to attend: Join us in-person! This is a free event, but seating is limited – registration is required. 

For more information, contact Melody McLaughlin at (781) 552-3790 or


Thank you to all the participants and donors who were part of our team on October 30th!

On Sunday, October 30th, we enjoyed a perfect day at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research Run/Walk in Swampscott, MA. The event has helped to raise funds to help research and hopefully eradicate Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Fitness was a proud Community Partner, and we met lots of new friends. Deb and Bill helped tremendously, and Parkinson’s Fitness instructors Dianna Daly and Kim Crowley led a great warm up for the participants too. Thank you to all who donated and participated! Our team raised $3,100 and the whole Swampscott event raised $120,000!


September 1, 2022


We were disappointed to announce that the September 24th Parkinson’s Fitness Symposium scheduled at the Danvers YMCA was cancelled due to low registration responses. We were looking forward to seeing everyone and anticipate planning future community events that will bring us all together.

Those people who pre-registered to attend the symposium received a full refund. We encourage visiting the Resources section of our Parkinson’s Fitness website ( to access helpful tools for maintaining mobility, strength, and a healthy lifestyle.

Keith and Linda Hall and our Parkinson’s Fitness Team


SEPTEMBER 24, 2022 


Living Well with Parkinson’s Symposium 

“Empowerment through Education and Exercise”

Danvers Community YMCA – 34 Pickering Street

This engaging symposium with guest speakers will offer guidance about how to live stronger and create and maintain enjoyable, safe ways of everyday living. Tickets include presentations and lunch, followed by small-group discussion time with the speakers. Click to register

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Keith, Linda, and members of our Parkinson’s Fitness team participated in three different events!

• On Saturday, May 14th, we hosted a booth at the Michael J. Fox “Parkinson’s IQ + You” event at the Westin Hotel Boston. 
• Also on May 14th, Parkinson’s Fitness was an exhibitor at the Wakefield/Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce “Healthy Living Expo” at the Lynnfield Town Common.
• On Sunday, May 22nd Keith, Linda and the Parkinson’s Fitness team walked to support the APDA Massachusetts Chapter “Optimism Walk” in Framingham. The Parkinson’s community is very fortunate to have the APDA supporting our entire Massachusetts region. The APDA has been a supporter of our local Parkinson’s Fitness programs for over seven years! We participated to show them how much we appreciate all that they do! 

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More than words of gratitude can truly convey…thank you, everyone!


“Building Resilience Foundations”
September 14th
Danvers YMCA

Left to right:
Melanie Giles, Marie Lucey, Dr. Stephanie Bissonnette, Linda Hall (Parkinson’s Fitness co-founder), Anne Muskopf, Stephanie Recchia

Parkinson’s Fitness Strength & Conditioning Instructor, Kim Crowley (left), symposium participant Ron Gagne, and Balance in Motion instructor, Dianna Daly (right)


An attentive audience of 125 throughout the symposium!

Audience arrival begins!











Our symposium sponsors and supporters












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We had so much fun at the bowling fundraiser!

To ALL of you who came – or donated if you couldn’t – your support is so important for keeping our programs available!

Some couples who didn’t know others really well didn’t let that stop them from jumping in to join the fun. Some who said they were just there to support and watch tried their hand at bowling and “had a blast” according to class instructor, Dianna Daly! Bowling is a tremendous balance challenge, and the ball-rolling approaches some people adapted were really impressive!

As an official ice cream “scooper”, class instructor Kim Crowley swears she’ll hold secret the names of those who came back to her for seconds! And we send a special shout-out to Laurie G. and Pauline and Dave E. for arriving early to help set up, and to Laurie for being THE best “raffle girl”! Congratulations to those who won the Red Sox and the beach-themed raffles!


Challenge family members, neighbors and friends, and invite fellow bowling league members to join in the fun at our annual mini-fundraiser to help sustain our Parkinson’s exercise, movement, music therapy, and educational programs!

We bowled from 5 to 7 PM and afterward shared “bragging rights” while enjoying a slice of pizza, beverages, delicious cake and locally-made ice cream!



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          Our Feet Are Made for Walking…
Our Arms Are Made for Swinging…
     Our Voices Are Made for Talking and Singing…

Clinical studies have shown that rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS), using rhythm and music, significantly improved gait and upper extremity function for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions.

Auditory stimuli have been used in the motor rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson’s disease, who increased their walking speed, stride length, and stability after RAS training, an approach that uses rhythmic cues to improve motor function.

We welcomed 30 people to our 8-week “Moving to the Beat” neurologic percussion series led by staff from MedRhythms Neurologic Music Therapy of Boston at the Danvers Community YMCA, 34 Pickering Street. Free classes were held on Wednesday afternoons from 1 – 2 PM.


Thank you to all who attended our “Evening of Spirit and Song” annual fall fundraiser. We appreciate your support!


Thanks to all who came out to support our annual


Candlepin Bowling & Ice Cream Social

We had a great time raising awareness around Parkinson’s Disease and funds for our programs.

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Thanks to ALL who attended our free educational seminar in collaboration with MedRhythms Neurologic Music Therapy. Guests heard MedRhythms CEO Brian Harris explain the relationship between music and neuroscience and technology.

We hope to provide more educational seminars throughout the year. Please visit our event page again soon to learn more.

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