Recreation Therapy for Parkinson's Disease

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Recreation Therapy for Parkinson's Disease


What is Recreation Therapy?

Recreation therapy is the use of leisure activities to treat and reduce the symptoms and limitations caused by chronic diseases. These symptoms may include physical disability, social isolation, depression, and the inability to think and function optimally.


What beneficial activities are offered through the recreation therapy program?

In order to meet the individual needs of the movement disorder population, a variety of activities are offered through the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Community Outreach and Wellness Center. These activities have been specifically adapted for people with movement disorders and are taught by professionals who have significant knowledge and experience in this area.

View the current class schedules by clicking on the class you are interested in.

  • Exercise: The Art of Moving
    This exercise class is specifically designed for people with Parkinson's disease to increase flexibility, strength, balance and coordination and to also improve communication, voice power and speech clarity. The program is suitable for participants dealing with any of the limitations associated with Parkinson's disease. Learn more...

  • Tai Chi
    Tai Chi is a series of individual dance-like movements linked together in a continuous, smoothly flowing sequence. The easy to learn steps are progressive and choreographed, and they are coordinated with deep breathing exercises. Learn more...

  • Golf Clinic
    Since you were diagnosed with Parkinson's disease has your golf game suffered or have you stopped playing golf all together? If so, then this 4 week golf clinic is for you. Learn more...

  • Expressive Art Workshop
    Break free from the limitations of Parkinson's disease with the help of your paintbrush! Learn more...

  • Dancing
    Put on your dancing shoes and head out to the dance floor! This program is modeled, in part, on the Dance for Parkinson's disease program developed by the Mark Morris Dance Company. Learn more...

  • Tremble Clefs
    Tremble Clefs is a nationwide singing program for people with Parkinson's disease and their partners. Learn more...

  • Voce Unidas Spanish Singing Group
    This Spanish-language singing group is open for people with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers. Learn more...

  • Comadres/Compadres
    A biweekly group for Hispanics with Parkinson's disease and their caregivers, Comadres/Compadres is offered in Phoenix and Tempe. Learn more...
  • Pole Walking
    Walking rates high as a great form of exercise; it’s easy, everyone knows how to do it, it can be done most anywhere, and it requires little equipment. Click to learn how adding walking poles can help you get the most out of this awesome exercise. Learn more...

  • PWR!Moves
    Learn how to use high-effort muscle activations for better posture, balance, and everyday function. Learn more...

  • Yoga for Every Body, Mind, and Soul
    Yoga practice encompasses physical movement, breath development, and mental focus. Learn more...

  • PWR!Moves Circuit
    PWR!Moves Circuit integrates skills learned in PWR!Moves into a more advanced gym workout. Learn more...

  • Voice Class
    Changes in voice, speech and swallowing are common to people with Parkinson's disease. You can improve and delay these problems with exercise and by incorporating helpful strategies. Learn more...

  • Neurologic Music Therapy
    Do you know music can change your brain? Using rhythm and music can help your motor symptoms improve. Learn more...


Frequently Asked Questions

Which activity is right for you or your loved one?
These classes are intended to suit patients with a wide array of abilities and interests. You may select a particular activity based on personal interests, you may select or be referred to an activity based on anticipated benefits specific to that activity, or the decision may be determined by your level of ability.

How do I participate in a class?
Classes are located at the MAPC and at various locations throughout the valley. To sign up for a class, or for more information about classes or recreation therapy in general, please call the Recreation Coordinator at (602) 406-3840 or Contact Us.


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