Parkinsons Progams

Parkinson's Programs

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a life changing disease that effects millions of people worldwide.

There are many things you can do to maintain your quality of life and live well with PD. The Y is proud to offer programs geared at improving participant's movement and walking.

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+ Rocksteady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing to provide an innovative approach to combating Parkinson's. By combining boxing training with specific exercises for Parkinson's, studies have shown that symptoms can be reversed, reduced, or delayed. Boxing engages the body in various movements and continuously adapts the workout routine.

This program is made possible thanks to a generous community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. We are delighted to offer this program to you at no cost until the funds are fully utilized.

Please fill out the following forms and bring them with you prior to your first class:

Available at: South Campus (Marco)

Program Details:

  • Evidence-based program
  • Supportive environment
  • Led by certified Rock Steady Boxing coaches
  • Two 60-minute classes per week
  • Non-contact boxing drills
  • Conditioning exercises for optimal  muscular endurance, agility, hand-eye coordination and overall strength
  • Emphasis on gross motor movement, balance, core strength, posture and gait
  • Regular physical and cognitive assessments

Program Days, Times & Locations:

Monday, Wednesday & Fridays: 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
South Campus - 239.394.9622

Stop by the Main Desk to learn more and sign up!

+ Stretch and Connect

Stretch and Connect is a 45-minute class focusing on ‘stretching and connecting’ with the Parkinson’s community.  Participants will be guided through a series of ‘stretches’ that will help the individual improve and maintain flexibility, mobility, and posture. Care-takers and family members of People with Parkinson’s are encouraged to participate in this class as well.

Available at: Marco Island

Program Fees:

  • Member Fee: Included with membership
  • Non-member Fee: $15 guest fee

Program Days, Times & Locations:

  • TBD

+ Pedaling for Parkinson's

Pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace, optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute, helps reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. During the one-hour class, an instructor on a stationary bicycle will lead participants through a relatively fast-paced cycling routine to reach the optimal cycling speed or revolutions per minute (RPM). Pedaling for Parkinson's is held two to three times a week.

Available at: Naples and Marco branches

Program Fees:

  • Member Fee: Included with membership
  • Non-member Fee: $15 guest fee

Program Days, Times & Locations:

  • Marco Branch - TBD
  • Naples Branch - TBD

+ SmartFit

YMCA SMARTfit Parkinson’s Rehab Intervention Program

The YMCA SMARTfit Parkinson’s rehab intervention program is designed to address motor coordination and vestibular health. The program combines movement with cognitive tasks in a playful way, that lead to better motor and cognitive functions.

Available at: Marco Island YMCA

Program Fees:

Packages Y Member Non-Member
30 minutes - 1 session $50 $65
30 minutes - 4 session $180 $240
30 minutes - 8 session $350 $470
45 minutes - 1 session $65 $80

Stop by the Main Desk to learn more and sign up!

+ Support Group for Caretakers

The YMCA of Collier County, in association with the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida, will offer a support group for individuals and families who are impacted by Parkinson’s Disease and related illness.

Please join us for this weekly gathering to experience warmth, understanding and support. Caregiving can be an isolating experience, but you are not alone in this challenge. Being able to talk to others who truly understand what you are going through can help reduce stress, validates your experience, and provides a sense of connection.

Participation is open to all members of the Parkinson’s Association of Southwest Florida. Membership, and access to these sessions, is FREE. The membership application is online at  It takes about 10 minutes to complete.


Dates: Every Wednesday (Please RSVP by close of business on Tuesdays by 4:00 pm to 239.417.3465)
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: South Campus (Marco), YDC Conference Room
Facilitator: Cindy Gallo, LCSW, QS


For more information, please call 239.417.3465.


For more information or questions on Parkinson's Programs at the Y, please contact