Step Up For Parkinson

Step Up for Parkinson’s helps people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers physically, socially and psychologically, by facilitating specialised movement classes that provide the knowledge and space on how to creatively move in order to better express themselves.

The Melita Foundation is supporting Step Up for Parkinson’s in taking its classes online or in person when the pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Helping people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers through free specialized movement classes. Over the years attendees have experienced improvements in symptoms such as gait, freezing, facial masking, isolation, anxiety and depression, as well as slowing of progression of the disease.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the highly vulnerable demographic at play, offering physical face-to-face classes is not always possible. Offering the classes online is a viable alternative that will benefit a total of 180 participants who will be able to attend online twice a week. Significant research has shown the benefits of such creative movement classes for people with Parkinson’s as well as the positive impact that they leave on the caregiver. This funding will allow for the necessary technical amendments that are required for classes to be offered via the organisation’s website.

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