The Y Will Help More Parkinson’s Patients
More Parkinson’s patients will have a chance to fight back against the debilitating disease in 2018, thanks to a generous grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation and Moving Day® Tampa.
After seeing studies showing spin class can decrease Parkinson’s symptoms by 35 percent, the Tampa YMCA started offering a free community indoor cycling program – called Pedaling for Parkinson’s – at the South Tampa and Bob Sierra North Tampa Ys. “The results we’re seeing are incredible and thanks to the generosity of the Parkinson’s Foundation, the Y is able to expand this impactful program to the New Tampa and North Brandon Ys later this spring,” says Healthy Living Director Dawn Kita.
Ralph Seng started seeing his Parkinson’s symptoms a few summers ago. “There was something wrong with me. I was shaking and I couldn’t understand it. I used to shuffle my feet so much where I ran into a wall to stop me because it was that bad,” he recalls. After a couple months in Pedaling for Parkinson’s at the South Tampa Y, Ralph started noticing improvement, “I’m not running into walls anymore. I can drive a car a lot better,” shares Ralph.
Driven by fast-paced music, Pedaling for Parkinson’s riders at every level are challenged to improve their performance on an ongoing basis. Participants also share a common bond in a fun, socially-supportive environment.
The one-hour indoor cycling classes are free with a Y membership and free for the first eight weeks to patients, ages 30-75, diagnosed with Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. A medical provider consent and clearance form is required to register. For more information, click here.
Pictured above: FOX 13 featured the Tampa Y’s free Pedaling for Parkinson’s program, which will expand to a total of four Ys this New Year. Click here to view the news story.