We offer this page as a service to people living with Parkinson's in Springfield and surrounding communities. This information has been provided to us by the various service providers or by community members living with Parkinson's and is accurate, although not necessarily complete, to the best of our knowledge. Listing does not imply endorsement of any service, person, program or product. Please contact us if you wish to be listed, or if you have corrected or updated information. This page is maintained by volunteer staff and is currently incomplete and in progress.
Board-certified neurologists have completed a medical residency in neurology and passed national board exams. They can diagnose and treat all disorders of the nervous system, including Parkinson disease (PD). Movement Disorders Specialists (MDS) have completed an additional fellowship in Movement Disorders following a general neurology residency, as well as national board exams in this area. An MDS is a neurologist with special qualifications provide care for PD and other movement disorders.
Support groups can be an invaluable source of current information on living with PD. They offer the opportunity to share personal experiences--and to provide mutual social support.
This is a peer-led support group, founded in 2018. It now meets one time per month, usually on the fourth Friday from 2PM to 3PM at the Chapel at Lewis Memorial Christian village. Both in-person and online participation are available. For more information, please contact Candace Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org
Targeted exercise is recognized as an evidence-based non-pharmaceutical intervention for people living with Parkinson's. Group exercise programs add the vital element of social interaction and motivation.
Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing class designed for the people with PD. We incorporate boxing drills, cardio, resistance training, balance and coordination exercises into our classes. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Kerasotes YMCA, 3136 Old Jacksonville Road, Springfield. Class times vary depending on which of four levels is the most appropriate for the boxer.
Tami Werries, PTA
Held at FitClub South, the Parkinson’s Training Program includes group classes, one-on-one training sessions, yoga and nutritional counseling. Membership in FitClub is required, along with a monthly fee. For more information, see https://www.fitclub.net/parkinsons-training
Dance and exercise classes incorporating evidence based movement activities, including PWR! (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery) Moves. Classes are offered in-person on Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 PM and live online on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. Classes address cardiovascular fitness, strength, coordination, balance and functional movement, as well as self-expression and fun.
Eve Fischberg, OTR/L
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