We are delighted we can provide information about the following community programs to the Parkinson’s community. There are a number of interesting and varied activities that people with Parkinson’s can benefit from, including improved strength and agility, coordination, balance and flexibility, not to mention good fun and the opportunity to meet new friends!
Parkinson’s Western Australia Inc. has endeavoured to ensure that the information below is accurate; however, we accept no responsibility for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in respect to the information provided.
Parkinson’s Western Australia Inc. does not provide any representations in relation to the suitability of the providers or activities listed below for our Parkinson’s community.
Parkinson’s Western Australia Inc. simply wishes to offer the Parkinson’s community information about relevant activities available to them within the wider community.
Our Parkinson’s community should make, and rely on, their own enquiries in relation to activities that interest them and the providers listed below, and any person who undertakes any of the below activities does so solely at their own risk.
Parkinson’s Western Australia Inc. does not accept any responsibility or liability for persons who may undertake those activities.
While some providers offer online courses, please check with individual providers as to when their actual classes will resume.
Singing With Jo
Jo welcomes everyone for a fun-filled Thursday morning of singing, where everyone will sing their favourite song, from every era and style. These sessions help to increase voice strength and articulation, as well as breath capacity, through warmups and group singing. A wonderful community who celebrate life in song. All are encourages and very welcome to join in.
Cost: $10 per session (includes morning tea.)
Times: From 9.30 am for a 10am-12pm session, with a 20 min tea/coffee break at 11.00am
Location: Multipurpose room – Shevlock Sports Ameneties Building, Shevlock Crescent, Koondoola
Contact: Jo Ferguson Allen – 0412 643 749 / email@example.com
Dance for Parkinson’s
Video Resources: https://www.danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org/resources/
Dance for Wellbeing: (online classes) https://www.belcoarts.com.au/dance-for-wellbeing/
The dance classes are a wonderful way to enjoy dance in a safe and supported space which can be useful for people with limited mobility or balance concerns. The dance classes begin seated, as we warm the torso, spine, upper body, arms and feet through choreographed sequences which are taught inclusively. For the second half of the class, there are stand up options (using the chair for balance) as we move through plie, stretches and choreographed sequences. Endorsed by Dance for Parkinson’s Australia, these classes are a satisfying way to incorporate exercise, stretching, rhythm, expression and joy! Stay for morning tea afterwards to chat with fellow dancers.
Cost: $10. If you need to attend with a carer, partner or support person, they may attend at no cost.
When: Mondays (weekly) 10.00 – 11.00am at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormbsy Terrace, Mandurah, Fridays 11.30-12.30pm at Wembley Community Centre, 40 Alexander St, Wembley
Booking details: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate that you intend to come to class. Upon your first attendance, there will be a registration form to complete.
Phone: 0411 243 317
(specifically for people with Parkinson’s)
Contact: Scott White
Phone: 9382 1339 / 0450 654 330
Times: Wed 11.00am & Fri 12.00pm (one hour classes, bookings required.)
Location: 4/189 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
Cost: $25 (reduced to $10 with rebate from private health insurance)
Moving better with Yoga
Yoga is great way to develop flexibility, strength and balance and also helps us to relax. This class assumes no previous experience with yoga, and is tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson’s. It includes limbering and stretching exercises, simple yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxations. You will not be twisting your body into knots or doing advanced poses like a headstand!
Class size is limited to 15 people
Time: Wed 10.00am – 11.30am (one hour class, followed by morning tea, bookings required.)
Location: George Burnett Centre, Manning Rd, Manning
Cost: $145 for a ten week term.
Contact: Barbara Bowra
Phone: 0402 128 755 Email: email@example.com
The Tai Chi Support Program run on a weekly basis and includes a free morning tea afterwards.
This program is open to everyone with a Neurological condition (including Parkinson’s) and their partners/carers.
Please click below for more information on the numerous health benefits of Tai Chi and information on Ging Mo Academy class times and costs.
PD Warrior is a unique therapy approach that aims to improve your mobility and to help fight the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
PD Warrior was created in 2011 by two neurological physiotherapists in Australia and provides those with Parkinson’s a rehab program to help better manage the symptoms and live well.
Location: Entrance 6, Hollywood Private Hospital, Verdun Street, Nedlands, WA 6009
Cost: Initial assessment for one hour $140 (rebatable with Private Health Cover,) 2nd assessment- for one hour $120 & thereafter one hour classes are $35 each
Phone: 9346 6932
Boxing & Balance for Parkinson’s
Work on your balance, strength and flexibility with this new program with qualified personal trainer, Lesley French. For Balance for Life classses, there is also online membership available for those that are unable to attend. These classes work on connecting mind with muscles whilst building strength and balance.
Location: Craigie Baptist Church, 119 Cambawarra Drive, Craigie
Time: Tuesdays, 1pm
Cost: $10 (carers and partners free of charge)
All inquiries to Lesley French
Phone: 0414 938 303
Due to number restrictions, it is important that participants book in with Lesley prior to starting.
Participants will need to bring their own boxing gloves and pads and it would be a great advantage if a carer or partner can also attend so that work can also be done at home to assist with improvement.
Strength for Life
– through Council On The Ageing Western Australia: (formerly known as Living Longer Living Stronger)
Strength for Life is an evidenced strength-based program that encourages and supports the achievement in improved health, quality of life and fitness in people over 50 years. It was designed by sports scientists to build muscle, improve balance and reduce chronic illness. It has been running for over 15 years and helps over 3,500 older people per year in Western Australia.
Each participant will need a doctors referral form completed. Once you know which tier you are referred to, you can contact your nearest provider to book an initial assessment into the program. Each participant will have an assessment with a trained Strength for Life Instructor, who will put together an exercise plan for you based on your needs. From there you can do your exercise in a fun, enjoyable environment with an instructor available to help them if required.
Cost: Best to check with your health provider 1st. Tier 1 provider: Up to $85 an hr for initial assessment with $15 per class for non concession & $12 for concession. Tier 2 provider : Up to $60 for initial assessment and $10 per class.
Contact: Kairi Watty
Phone: 9472 0104 / 0457 562 381
Location: The location of your nearest provider. A directory of endorsed Strength for Life providers can be found here: http://www.cotawa.org.au/sfl-landing/find-a-strength-for-life-provider/
Parkinson’s Circuit Class
This circuit class physiotherapy is specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Neurological physiotherapist Jacey Kraut runs the class and has completed Level 2 PD Warrior training. The circuit class includes 8-10 stations with tasks focused on power, coordination, balance, agility, functional tasks and flexibility. Exercises may incorporate free weights, Pilates reformers, activator poles, exercise bike and other fitness and balance equipment. All attendees are required to have two 1:1 home visits (cost $140 per visit) for a comprehensive neurological physiotherapy assessment and provision of a home exercise program. This prepares attendees for the individualised exercises in the circuit class.
Phone: 0416 492 491 (to arrange an initial assessment prior to joining the group)
Location: Bounce Physiotherapy Balcatta
Parkinson’s Boot Camp
Group of 4 to 5 people
Standard $35, Pensioner $30
When: Fridays 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Stay on Your Feet E-Directory
This drop-down directory has a comprehensive list of activities including: Dance, Ballroom dancing, Yoga, Swimming, Aqua Aerobics, Walking Groups, Bridge, Bowling, Chair Zumba, Croquet, Day Therapy classes, Fall Prevention Classes, Freestyle Group Circuit classes, Better Balance Cardio & Strength classes, to name a few.
Search under ‘Social & Community Activities’ or ‘Strength & Balance Exercise Programs’ and choose either ‘Metropolitan North’ or ‘Metropolitan South’ in your search.
Stay on Your Feet Presentations
Stay On Your Feet® offers free presentations which help to educate older adults on the important steps they can take to reduce their risk of falling. They offer free presentations to the community offering advice and cover all of the ‘Move, Improve, Remove’ tips, or focus on specific topics such as home safety, physical activity and eating well. Visit their website for more information.
Contact: 1300 303 540
Performance Pilates and Physiotherapy
Performance Pilates & Physiotherapy tailor their therapy to assisting those that want to improve balance, coordination, strength and agility.
Sessions are one on one initially with the goal for participants to ultimately join a group session.
Cost: Initial assessment with a physiotherapist to assess client’s needs is between $180-$190 (with Health Provider rebate available.) Second consultation is $90 (with Health Provider rebate available) with group sessions $40 thereafter (with Health Provider rebate also)
Location: 189 Carr Place, Leederville, WA 6007
For appointments: Phone: 9228 2778