Charity launches exercise classes for people living with Parkinson’s in North Lanarkshire

Parkinson’s UK and North Lanarkshire Council have launched exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s.

Sessions kicked off last month and are running over 12-weeks to gauge interest and to gather feedback on the provision, with the hope that it can continue longer term.

The classes are delivered by a team of trained instructors who have undertaken additional training to support people with Parkinson’s to be active.

And are aimed at people living with a new diagnosis who may have mild/controlled symptoms and those experiencing a gradual progression of symptoms, resulting in everyday activities becoming more challenging.

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These classes are right for you if:

  • You can balance independently or with the use of a chair for support

  • You can walk independently or with a walking aid for 50m or more

  • You are on a stable medication regimen

Morning classes run every Tuesday at the Garrell Vale Community Center in Kilsyth from 10am-11am.

Early afternoon classes take place on Thursdays at the Aquatec Leisure Centre, Motherwell, from 1.15pm-2.15pm, while late afternoon classes take place at the Tryst Sports Centre, Cumbernauld, from 4.15pm-5.15pm.

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Melanie Menzies, health and wellbeing manager at North Lanarkshire Council, told Lanarkshire Live: “We are really excited to be working alongside colleagues from Parkinson’s UK and NHS Lanarkshire to deliver these new exercise classes for individuals living with Parkinson’s.

“We know there are real positive benefits of being physically active for health and wellbeing and how maintaining function can make life so much easier for people with long term health conditions.

“Our instructors have been rare to go and we were very much delighted to welcome people into the classes and look forward to following their progress over the period of the pilot classes”

Amanda McKay, Parkinson’s active project support officer, told us: “We are delighted to see these classes taking off and people reaping the benefits at this early stage of our pilot programme.

“Being physically active is important for everyone, and the more active people with Parkinson’s can be, the better they are able to manage some of the more than 40 physical and mental symptoms associated with the condition.

“Regular activity is just as important as medication to help manage some of these symptoms.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with North Lanarkshire Council and hope to see more participants come along.”

Participants can be referred via a health professional eg Parkinson’s nurse or physio team or can contact the team directly at North Lanarkshire Leisure via email: [email protected] (please include Parkinson’s exercise in subject box).

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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