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Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson’s Association

Des Moines County/ West Burlington

Moving with PD – Exercise for Parkinson’s

Delay the Disease Location: Great River Medical Center, Hawkeye Room, 1221 S Gear Ave, West Burlington, IA 52655.Dates/Times: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30 1:30 p.m.Cost: $5 a class.Contact: Contact class instructor Julie Kirk at the Great River Medical Center High Performance Center at 319-768-4112 for more information.

Gentle Yoga Class

Location: Chief Room at Great River Medical Center High Performance CenterDates/Times: Every Monday at 12:45 p.m.Contact: Julie Kirk, class instructor, at for more information.

Mercy Health & Fitnesslocation: 12493 University Ave Clive Ia 50325

Delay the Disease

This program targets daily functional challenges and symptom-specific fitness agendas. It helps decrease the risk of falls, minimize fatigue, reduce rigidity and improve mobility. Exercise plans are adapted to all levels of the disease, valuable to newly diagnosed and progressed states alike.When: Mondays and Wednesdays 1-2pmCost: Members-free Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10
Rock Steady BoxingStructured class designed to minimize the effects of Parkinsons disease and improve activities of daily living. Classes are led by certified coaches and incorporate strength training, cardiovascular exercise and non-contact boxing.
When: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays 5:30-6:15pm-
Cost: Members/Non-Members $99 for 10 classesParticipants must have a medical release from their doctor and need to go through assessment before attending class.
Chair YogaA yoga practice in which participants are seated or use a chair to help balance and perform poses. This class is appropriate for individuals not wishing to be down on a mat as all poses will be seated or standing.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-10:45am
When: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:20amCost: Members/Non-Members $80 for 8-week session, please call center to find out session dates.
Cycle Wellness Cost: Members-free Non-members can attend by purchasing a daily pass for $10
Contact for all classes: Ildiko Timmerman, 515-645-3344,

Exercise And Other Wellness Classes For Parkinsons Disease

Classes are starting to resume. If exercising at home, please use extreme caution. You are assuming all risks by working out from home.

APDA Greater St. Louis Chapter Exercise YouTube Channel : You will find a variety of classes here including stretching, yoga, Tai Chi, and seated exercises

Information on type of classes offered in Iowa

  • LSVT Big and Loud Outpatient Therapy: Find a therapist in your area here:
  • ROCK STEADY BOXING: Locations listed as Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate have a certified instructor in the Rock Steady Boxing Program for more information on Rock Steady Boxing please visit If a class is not listed as an affiliate, these programs still have a certified exercise instructor knowledgeable in boxing and working with individuals with Parkinsons.
  • Ballroom Dancing: Look for our Fall 2022 class with Des Moines University.
  • Yoga: This class is held at Iowa State University and designed specifically for people with Parkinsons at all levels of functioning. for additional information.
  • TAI CHI: Tai chi classes are available throughout the state of Iowa. Please visit the Tai Chi for Health Institute to see where Tai chi classes are being held.

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Families Helping Families Of Iowa

Mission Statement: Families Helping Families of Iowa is a non-profit, volunteer group designed to meet the needs of youth who have been abused or neglected to allow them to have the same chance as their peers to be healthy and productive citizens.Agency Contact: , Director of Programs and Events, 319-294-9706United Ways Focus Areas: Human ServicesSkills: Accounting or Finance, Communications or Marketing, Fundraising, Information Technology, Operations Management, Strategic Planning

Mission Statement: Foundation 2s mission is to be a trusted, compassionate resource for people in crisis by offering counseling, safety, and support during difficult times.Agency Contact: , Chief Executive Officer, 319-200-8424United Ways Focus Areas: Human ServicesSkills: Accounting or Finance, Communications or Marketing, Fundraising, Governance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal Counsel, Operations Management, Strategic Planning, lived experience with mental health or suicide or foster care. Experience participating in a capital campaign, leadership coaching.

Parkinsingers Group Fosters Community

ParkinSingers Group Fosters Community

The past year has brought its share of challenges for everyone, and the ParkinSingers choir in Cedar Rapids is no exception. Yet, despite the adversity, this group of individuals with Parkinsons disease and their loved ones has continued to find community through music-making.

ParkinSingers began several years ago and is one of multiple programs offered by the Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinsons Association. From its founding until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, members of ParkinSingers met in person weekly to socialize, take part in vocal exercises, and sing familiar songs. Led by a board-certified music therapist, the group addresses non-musical goals related to areas of difficulty among those with Parkinsons disease. These include physical objectives, such as increasing breath support and clarity of speech, as well as social and emotional objectives, such as having a creative outlet and forming community with others facing the same diagnosis. Kris Cameron, program director of the Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinsons Association, agrees with the need for social support. The social and emotional aspect is very important, she says. When we had in-person classes, they would always keep track of one another. If someone didnt attend a class a couple of times, theyd ask if I had heard from the person if they were ok.

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Dealing With The Hand Parkinsons Has Dealt

May. 8, 2019 4:00 pm

John Ryal, a former teacher at Franklin Middle School in Cedar Rapids, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease six years ago.

Ryal, 70, and his wife of 47 years, Linda, make an effort to stay upbeat despite his diagnosis.

Tremors, or shaking, are a common symptom of Parkinson’s, but a number of other symptoms like freezing, which causes Ryal to stop in place involuntarily, present a daily challenge.

‘The other day, I walked out of an elevator a few steps before realizing that John wasn’t behind me, Linda Ryal said.

‘I took an extra ride, he said. ‘We had a good laugh about that. You have to keep your sense of humor.

Ryal also suffers from bradykinesia, which is a tendency to move slowly.

‘It takes me about an hour-and-a-half to get dressed in the morning, he said.

Even though this routine task has become challenging, his wife, as his primary caregiver, encourages him to complete it on his own.

‘I’ll try to let him do that for as long as he is able, she said.

Before being diagnosed, Ryal taught vocal music at Franklin for 35 years.

‘We had talented kids and great, involved parents, he said. ‘Once I started teaching there, I never left.

When asked why he chose vocal music, he said simply, ‘Because I could sing.

Linda Ryal also taught music at Cleveland Elementary for 22 years.

‘The people in the choirs have been great to me, he said.

‘I didn’t want to see what I would progress to. I didn’t want to be around all those Parkies,’ he said.

Who Is This For

Anyone with long term health issues and caregivers: Cancer, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Stroke, Asthma, Lung Disease, Diabetes, Parkinsons, Osteoporosis and more!

This workshop will cover how to successfully manage your symptoms, reduce frustration, fight fatigue, breathe better, reduce stress & anxiety, take control of your condition and communicate better with doctors, nurses or dietitians.

In Partnership with The Heritage Agency

Dates: TBD

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Polk County/ Des Moines Area

Genesis Health Club Neuro Wellness ProgramLocation: 4875 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50265

NEURO CYCLE: 45 min. Tue, Thurs: 12:00 Parkinsons Boxing: Wed, Fri, 11:00 a.m. DELAY THE DISEASE: Tues & Thurs 10:30NEURO AQUA:Monday 12:00 pm

Personal Trainers specialized in working with people with PD are available for training sessions. Contact the center by calling 515-226-9622, or fill out the personal training request form online at

How We Listen

Chair Yoga for Parkinson

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Heres how this organization is listening.


  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys , Paper surveys, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

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