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Exercise and Support Available to Those with Parkinson's and Neuromuscular/Movement Disorders


Exercise and Support Available to Those with Parkinson's and Neuromuscular/Movement Disorders

Livingston, NJ – This Spring, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in conjunction with The Leon and Toby Cooperman JCC in West Orange, NJ, will once again offer Feeling Stronger - Feeling Better, a new and innovative program designed for individuals with Parkinson's and other neuromuscular/movement disorders. Developed by Sharon Tobey, JCC Fitness Director and Certified Personal Trainer, and Heidi Schnapp, MA, CSW, of Saint Barnabas Medical Center, this unique program offers exercise classes and support groups for both program participants and their caregivers.

Tai Chi Chih, held Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, incorporates an easy-to-learn set of movements completely focused on the development of an intrinsic energy called Chi. On Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Strength Training, a proven method for improvement of slowness, tremor, and rigidity, is available.

A monthly Feeling Stronger… Feeling Better Support Group, planned for April 10 and May 1 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, is available for participants and offers a forum where they can talk, share, and learn from each other. The program includes a Caregiver Support Group facilitated by Lee A. Dagger, LCSW, and presented in partnership with Jewish Family Service of MetroWest New Jersey. It will be held April 13 and May 4from 1:30 to 2:30 pm while participants are in exercise class.

This program is just one example of how JCC MetroWest and Saint Barnabas Medical Center are working together to provide specialized health and wellness services to the community. Exercise classes are free for JCC members and cost $5 each for non-members. There is no charge for either support group. Registration is required. For more information and or to register, please contact Heidi Schnapp at 973-322-5620 or

Date: April 6, 2015

Media Contact: Samantha Anton, Assistant Director Marketing/Public Relations

Phone: 973-322-5425

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