Hope Parkinson Newsletter

October – December 2021

In This Issue Boxing Creativity Retreat PD Below the Belt Pedaling for PD Holiday Social


Wednesday, October 20 at 3 p.m. via Zoom Join the Hope Parkinson Program and Lee Health Rehabilitation Services for a new educational series kicking off this fall. The first lecture of the five-part series will take place on October 20 with a special focus on “Finding Hope for LivingWell with Parkinson’s Disease,” presented by Hope Parkinson ProgramManager, MichelleMartin. Additional virtual lectures provided by experts from Lee Health Rehabilitation Services will cover a variety of topics. For more details or to register, visit www.leehealth.org/events or call 239-468-0050. SAVE THE DATE FALL SEMINAR Parkinson’s Below the Belt Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m. Join us for a discussion of symptoms and treatments relating to common gastrointestinal, urinary, and sexual issues related to Parkinson’s disease. Featuring Dr. Angela Hardwick, Movement Disorder Specialist, and Kristen Parisi, Physical Therapist and Pelvic Rehabilitation Practitioner. RSVP to PDevents@HopeHCS.org or call 239-425-9886.

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From Our President & CEO As we reflect on this past year, our Hope team is encouraged by the stories we’ve heard from our Hope Parkinson Program members who remained active and engaged despite the pandemic. Many of you dared to try something new. Whether you learned how to Zoom, tried a new class, or took part in a virtual support group, we are so happy that you joined us. While we continue this pandemic journey, we encourage you to stay active. Our fall calendar is filled with inspiring activities created just for you. Whether we are able to meet in person or via Zoom, we hope to see you soon.

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Samira K. Beckwith Hope President and CEO

Celebrate the holiday season via Zoom! This year, we invite you to Zoom in to our Holiday Social from the comfort of your home! Wear your most festive sweater or PJs while enjoying music, fun, and games. And, don’t forget to bring your favorite holiday snack or drink. Join us for one of two celebrations: Friday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. or Friday, December 10 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you are new to Zoom, ask to schedule a Zoom 101 training session when you RSVP. RSVP to PDEvents@HopeHCS.org or call 239-425-9886.

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CREATIVITY RETREAT Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m. at Hope Cape Coral Community Room Friday, November 19 at 11 a.m. at Hope HealthPark Community Room

Learn to use creativity as a tool to manage PD symptoms through an art session led by art therapist Danielle Brant, MS, ATR-BC, LMHC. The many benefits of creative arts include calming of the body and mind, increased hand dexterity, relaxation, and enhanced bilateral activity in the brain. Participants will use water and a special Zen board that allows brush strokes to slowly disappear. Everything you paint will be temporary and the focus will be on the process of letting go and not the product. We will also explore various ways to enhance the mood-mind-body connection. No artistic skills required. This is an in-person activity with limited reservations. Max class size of 10. No cost for Hope Parkinson Program members with PD or their care partners. COVID guidelines will be followed. RSVP to PDevents@HopeHCS.org or call 239-425-9886.

IN PERSON CLASSES Hosted By Our Community Partners

Rock Steady Boxing Coach Erick Armstead Armstead Fitness Fort Myers: 239-281-6685 FYZICAL-Fort Myers: 239-561-1177 NEW-YMCA-Bonita: 239-333-1556 Pedaling for Parkinson’s YMCA-Fort Myers: 239-275-9622

Water Aerobics-Lee County Parks & Recreation Various locations throughout Lee County Visit https://www.leegov.com/parks/pools or call 239-533-7275. Ping Pong 4 PD USATT Certified & Safe Sport Trained Instructors:

Purvi and Anay Naik Saturdays at 2 p.m. Estero Lee County Parks & Recreation Center For details, call 239-425-9886.

In addition to weekly Zoom classes, we are now taking reservations for a variety of very small, in-person classes. Seating is limited, and advance registration is required. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. No walk-ins, please. Please RSVP for all activities. Email PDevents@HopeHCS.org or call 239-425-9886. Include the event name, location or Zoom, and full name of each person attending. Learn to Zoom! Are you new to Zoom? To schedule a personal lesson, call 239-425-9886. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain! STAY ACTIVE AND CONNECTED with Zoom and In-Person Classes


NEW-Seated Yoga Class (1hr) Wednesdays at 10:30 PM Offers many of the same benefits as regular yoga, but is much gentler on your muscles. Rock Steady Boxing with Erick (1hr) Mondays & Fridays at 1 PM Get ready to rock! Build your strength and endurance while having fun, too. PD Exercise (1hr) Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11 AM Improve your overall strength, balance, voice, and cognition. Mindfulness Meditation (30 min) Wednesdays at Noon Use this weekly window of time to commit to calm.

Laugh Club (30 min) Fridays at 11 AM Boost your mood and mindset, while getting ready for a weekend of smiles. Dance Workshop Saturdays at 11 AM Provided by The City of Fort Myers & Isabel Castro Gamond. Trained by Mark Morris Dance group. Open Group 3rd Thursdays at 1 PM Everyone is welcome at this general support group to share their thoughts, feelings, tips, and tricks for coping with the challenges of chronic illnesses.

Ladies with PD 4th Fridays at 2:30 PM Women with PD find comfort and camaraderie at this gender-specific support group. Care Partner Group 2nd Thursdays at 1 PM This group is designed for those caring for a loved one with PD. NEW-Men’s-Only Care Partner Group 1st Thursdays at 1 PM For men who help care for someone with PD.

MOVEMENT CLASS NOTES: Please consult your physician before starting any new exercise program. Exercise at your own risk. If a movement hurts, please do not do it. Use a sturdy side chair that is NOT on wheels. Clear your area of any rugs or other tripping hazards.

Interested in giving boxing a try? We’re looking for participants diagnosed with PD who are interested in an in-person Parkinson boxing pilot program. Classes will be taught at our Hope Cape Coral Community room by fellow Hope Parkinson Program participant and Boxing Fitness Institute certified trainer, Richard Koziol. No cost for members with PD. Current COVID guidelines will be followed. To learn more, call 239-985-7727 or email Michelle.Martin@hopehcs.org .

Locations & Addresses

Estero Recreation Center 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Estero, FL 33928 Cape Healthy Life Center 609 SE 13th Court Cape Coral, FL 33990

Hope Cape Coral Community Room 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E Cape Coral, FL 33909 Hope HealthPark Community Room

9470 HealthPark Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908

COVID-19 Precautions for In-Person Activities For all in-person activities, the following protocols are necessary until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation. Limited Class Size • Class sizes are limited to allow for safe distancing. • Pre-registration is required and walk-ins are not permitted. • To ensure that people with Parkinson’s have the first opportunity to experience in-person classes, care partners are not able to participate unless their support is required. Masking • Regardless of immunization status, masks are required upon entry to all facilities.



Hope Hospice & Community Services, Inc. 9470 HealthPark Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908

PD 101 Class

Finding Hope for Living Well with PD Friday, November 5 at 11 a.m. via Zoom If you’re newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or a related movement disorder, consider attending PD 101. Learn how to manage symptoms, slow disease progression, and optimize your quality of life. We’ll dive deeper with local and national resources as well as provide an interactive Q&A opportunity. Pre-registration required. RSVP to PDevents@HopeHCS.org or call 239-425-9886

The Hope Parkinson Program is a community service provided by Hope Healthcare, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at HopeParkinson.org or make a gift at Donate.HopeHCS.org/PD. Generous community support and funding from the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee help provide membership at no charge. Additional materials are available by request, including contact details for other PD organizations, printable handouts, links to YouTube videos, and other resources. Contact Program Coordinator Michelle Martin at Michelle.Martin@HopeHCS.org.

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