Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) is excited to introduce a groundbreaking Parkinson’s Wellness Program, previously known as Delay the Disease, scheduled to commence on January 9, 2024. This program aims to cater to individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and offers an approach towards effectively managing this complex neurological condition. The program will run until March 28, 2024 with sessions taking place every Tuesday and Thursday, providing participants with an organized and encouraging setting.

The classes will take place at two convenient locations to maximize accessibility for participants. The UVMC Physician Office Building Lower Level Conference Rooms, located at 3130 N. County Road 25A, Troy, will host classes from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. In addition, the Miami County YMCA Robinson Branch at 3060 S. County Road 25A, Troy, will offer sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. These sessions are scheduled to provide flexibility and convenience for participants, with time slots assigned based on an initial assessment by a physical therapist.

At the core of the Parkinson’s Wellness Program is the aim to empower individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease by improving their physical function and delaying symptom progression. The program consists of 24 sessions led by physical therapists specialized in Parkinson’s care. These sessions are not just routine exercises. They are tailored to retrain the mind and body, encompassing mobility, balance, and strengthening exercises. This holistic approach is crucial in managing Parkinson’s Disease effectively.

One of the program’s significant features is its adaptability to accommodate all stages of the disease. This means that the exercises are beneficial from the initial diagnosis to more advanced stages. Before starting the classes, physical therapists will thoroughly assess each participant’s physical capabilities, including strength, walking/gait speed, and balance. This baseline assessment is essential for creating an individualized and impactful exercise plan.

Understanding the financial aspects of long-term medical care, the program is set at a regular registration fee of $240, which covers the pre-assessment and all 24 classes. However, reflecting a commitment to community support and making the program accessible to a broader audience, a special discounted rate of $120 is available, thanks to the generosity of the Tim Drake Family Fund. Additionally, the fund has fully covered the registration costs for Tipp City residents, further demonstrating a strong sense of community responsibility and support.

Given the limited availability of spaces and the anticipated demand for this specialized program, registration is encouraged as soon as possible. The deadline for registration is December 22, 2023. Registrations can be made by calling Carefinders at 866-608-FIND or through the program’s website, www.PremierHealth.com/ParkinsonsWellnessProgram.

For further information or to address specific inquiries, UVMC has provided a direct contact number, 937-492-0270. The Parkinson’s Wellness Program is a significant step in providing specialized care and support for individuals affected by Parkinson’s Disease in the community. It underscores UVMC’s dedication to enhancing patient health and well-being through innovative and accessible healthcare solutions. 

This program not only offers practical support in managing Parkinson’s Disease but also instills hope and empowerment for those facing the daily challenges posed by this condition. Through such initiatives, UVMC continues to demonstrate its role as a leading healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the broader community.