Workout in the wilderness with leading Parkinson’s health professionals

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 19 July 2017

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Learn about the latest specialist research and gain physical skills to manage your condition in this intensive Parkinson’s exercise retreat in Ontario, Canada


People with Parkinson’s are being invited to the beautiful Hockley Valley Resort in Ontario, Canada, for a five-day exercise-focused retreat run by the One Step Ahead Mobility team of experienced physical therapists.

The ‘StepUp2PD’ programme will run from 23–28 July and will provide participants with up-to-date research and physical skills to help manage their Parkinson’s.

The therapist and facilitators running the retreat all have advanced training and years of experience in their fields, and are certified in Parkinson’s-related therapy and recreational programs including Lee Silverman Voice Training, Parkinsons Wellness Recovery (PWR!), Rock Steady Boxing and Neurologic Music Therapy.

Daily activities include outdoor Nordic walking and targeted exercise sessions, including circuit training, with a focus on amplitude of movement. There will also be skills building workshops and specialised sessions for partner education and support, including techniques for getting into and out of bed, getting up from low seats, dressing, and writing. Parkinson’s-focused activities such as tai chi, dance, water exercise and boxing will also be available.

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The health professionals facilitating and leading the retreat are:

– Jan Goldstein Elman, BScPT, MHSc, physiotherapist

– Rebecca Gruber, BPT, neurosciences specialist physiotherapist

– Josefa Domingos, movement disorders physiotherapist specialist PhD candidate

– John M Dean, MA, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist specialising in movement disorders and Parkinson’s

StepUp2PD Hockley Valley outdoor pool

Hockley Valley outdoor pool


For more information visit the website

Read more: Your gym or mine: accessing specialised community Parkinson’s exercise programmes

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