YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery


The Altru Family YMCA is pleased to offer the YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery Program. This program is designed to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson Disease. Based on the Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) and Exercise4BrainChange™ curriculums, our program focuses on improving physical and brain functionality so that people with Parkinson Disease can get better and stay better longer.


Participants spend 15-30 minutes socializing, sharing information, and participating in activities and games that challenge the thought process and stimulate brain activity to optimize their brain health. Approximately 50-60 minues of physical activity follow, including a variety of basic progressive and functional whole body movement exercises, to improve overall physical performance and ability.


We are fortunate to have a team of YMCA and community professional staff, Altru Health System Partners, and the UND Department of Physical Therapy helping us offer the safest and most effective program possible.


Wednesdays: 11:00 AM





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Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady is a non-contact boxing-based program designed to improve strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, speed, reaction time, and overall well-being of people living with Parkinson Disease. Utilizing authentic boxing equipment such as heavy bags, speed bags, gloves, and various other exercise equipment in a circuit training format, Rock Steady is a unique and specialized program that challenges individuals and gives them the opportunity to fight back against Parkinson’s.


Tuesdays: 10:30 AM

Thursdays: 10:30 AM









Delay the Disease

The Parkinson’s-specific exercises are designed to retrain the mind and body. Many participants report a regained ability to successfully manage the disease, improve their quality of life and take back control over their own body movements. Delay the Disease fitness plans include symptom-specific exercises and also address daily functional challenges, such as rising from a chair, getting out of the car, moving about in big crowds, dressing and getting off the floor.


Wednesdays: 11:00 AM – this class has been combined with the Parkinson’s Wellness class. 


Download a Parkinson Wellness/Rock Steady Boxing brochure: Parkinson’s Program Brochure


Volunteers are needed to help supervise classes. If you have boxing experience and/or the desire to help change lives for the better, please contact Adam or Patti at the Y.


Fees include all Parkinson Wellness & Rock Steady Boxing offerings (effective January 1, 2018):


YMCA/Choice Members: No Fee.

Financial membership and program scholarship assistance is available.

Contact: Adam Sorum: (701) 775-2586