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PD-Connect® is live streaming virtual exercise classes on Zoom and in-person classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Welcome To PD-Connect

PD-Connect® is a nonprofit organization that serves Parkinson’s pioneers in the San Francisco Bay Area through customized group exercise, neurologically and research-based movement programs.

PD-Connect is an ever-widening community for those who share the PD journey: Spouses, family members, friends and caregivers are encouraged to become involved and draw upon the positive energy that is demonstrated through program participants.

PD-Connect provides donation-based classes for all those living with Parkinson’s disease.

What Is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative movement disorder that affects the cells in the brain. Symptoms vary greatly from person to person. Symptoms can include slowness of movement, stiffness, tremor, or balance and gait problems. For many patients of PD, frequent bouts of cognitive imbalance are common. And let’s not forget, there is no cure for PD at this time.

What We Value

We are guided by these core values that give us purpose & direction in all that we do:

Kindness and Compassion

We strive to be gentle with ourselves and others, knowing that everyone is doing the very best they can.

Sense of Belonging

PD-Connect fosters relationships and community. It strives to create an atmosphere of inclusion for all who join with us.

Flexibility

Each day presents a gift of life and the opportunity for adventure.

Dignity

We value the special contribution every individual brings to our community.

Respect

PD-Connect honors the goodness and uniqueness in every participant.

Joyfulness

We strive to unlock the reservoir of happiness and hope that lies within each of us!

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Our Programs

Exercise is medicine, but all exercise is NOT created equal

Based on clinical research, we create up-to-date movements to address the progression of Parkinson’s. PD-Connect classes draw from a variety of Parkinson’s-specific protocols, including OhioHealth’s Delay The Disease™ (The #1 Parkinson’s Exercise Program), PWR!Moves®, NeuroMotorTraining (Karl Sterling), Brian Grant Foundation Boot Camp, Dance for PD®, ParkinsonWise, YogaReach Mindful Movement for Parkinson’s Disease, and adapted movements from martial arts and sports. The focus of each class centers around the principles of cardiovascular health, cognitive well-being, music, strength training, and balance, all tailored to address the predominant symptoms of PD. The goal of each class is to improve functional mobility, neuroplasticity, balance, strength, voice, cognition, posture, confidence, reduction of freezing, and most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Our Movement Programs

BASIX™ Exercise Class: All Levels Class
(In-person and on Zoom)

Stay a step ahead of your Parkinson’s progression with the PD-Connect BASIX™ exercise program.  A multi-FUNctional class focusing on Balance, Aerobics, Strength, Integration and eXcellence. The goal is to incorporate a variety of techniques to address overall posture, stability, agility, cognition and make good movements carryover into the real world. Learn how to strengthen your neural pathways to slow the progression of the disease and maintain optimal function.The research shows that high-intensity exercise is linked with better outcomes for Parkinson’s disease and can slow the progression of the disease. This class has grown in popularity thanks to receiving grants from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Classes are appropriate for all levels of PD, but  emphasis is on combined movements for  newly-diagnosed, or high-functioning people with Parkinson’s (those who are able to walk, run, and jump without assistance or supervision). Classes are taught with modifications for those who prefer to remain seated, or for those with other factors limiting their standing ability.  Simultaneous instruction in standing and sitting makes this class appropriate for all levels.

MO Better Mondays- Stretching and Posture (Join us on Zoom)

Stretching and good posture are essential to maintain optimal function. Join us for a class of dynamic stretches that will specifically address the joints and muscles affected most by Parkinson’s. Led by physical therapist Maureen (Mo).

 

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Our Support Groups

The Wednesday Dialogue (Join us on Zoom)

We love being a COMMUNITY! So join us for an open forum where people with Parkinson’s can have a frank dialogue. Share your local resources, learn about how others are managing their symptoms, or express the trials and triumphs of your journey with PD. Meetings are every other Wednesday.

First Monday of the Month Support Group Speaker Series (Join us on Zoom)

FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH Come learn and listen from guest speakers from around the world. Hear inspiring and informative talks about research, personal experience, and ways to live your best with PD.

Care Partner Support Group (Join us on Zoom and LIMITED SPACE In-Person in San Francisco)

2ND MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Join other care partners and share amongst yourselves. This is led by and for care partners only- friends, family members, colleagues, health team members are all welcome.

 

Specialized Program

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First BIG Step Program™

For newly diagnosed people with Parkinson’s disease, it’s essential to “get off on the right foot.” Our aim is to deliver in underserved areas a PD-focused exercise program featuring a motivational, dynamic, and educational experience.

 

Calendar – In Person

 

Monday

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Petaluma PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class

Location: Petaluma Senior Center

211 Novak Drive, Petaluma, CA 94954

Tuesday

11:00 – 12:00 PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

Location: Mt. Tam Racquet Club

1 Larkspur Plaza Drive
Larkspur, CA 94939

11:30 – 12:30 PM

PD-Connect Santa Rosa
BASIX Exercise Class with Mo:
All Levels Class

Location: Santa Rosa Finley Community Center

2060 W College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Wednesday

1:30PM – 2:30 PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

Location:
Harvey Milk Center

50 Scott St
San Francisco, CA 94117

Thursday

No In-Person Classes, Check Our Zoom Class Calendar

Friday

No In-Person Classes, Check Our Zoom Class Calendar

Calendar – Zoom

Access Zoom classes through links sent out in the newsletter. Sign up today to gain access!

Monday

10:00 – 10:45AM

Stretch and Posture: All Levels Class

 

1:30 – 2:30PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

 

Tuesday

11:00 – 12:00PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

 

Wednesday

1:30 – 2:30PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

 

Thursday

11:00 – 12:00PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

 

Friday

1:30 – 2:30 PM

PD-Connect BASIX Exercise Class: All Levels Class

Locations

Petaluma Senior Center

Santa Rosa Finley Community Center

2060 W College Ave,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Harvey Milk Center –

Ball Room

50 Scott St,
San Francisco, CA 94117

Testimonials

As an introvert, group activities must be really good to win my loyalty. PD-Connect is really good. It’s friendly but not pushy, low-key yet challenging. It has become an indispensable part of my own ‘wellness despite Parkinson’s’ program. I highly recommend it.
Bill T.

I feel very fortunate to have PD-Connect as part of my overall wellness team. Classes constantly offer different exercises and challenges, so it’s never boring or overly repetitive. Classes are helpful to me as I remind myself about following Lisa’s advice and instruction. I am trying to stay away from meds for as long as possible and, I believe the exercises are helpful.
Linda H.

I never thought I would be happy going to group exercise classes. That changed when I started going to PD-Connect’s Delay the Disease classes. Now I am grateful for the benefits of increased well-being that comes after every class.  I wish we had classes every day. That’s how happy they make me.
Rita D.

I am going on 9 years since my diagnosis of Parkinson’s and I am dedicated to my exercise programs. In 2017, I was introduced to PD-Connect. The hour and 15 minute class can be challenging without it being overwhelming. I enjoy the group of people who attend the class. A Parkinson’s diagnosis often makes one become reclusive, cutting ties with family and friends. But I feel genuine camaraderie in this class. And if that isn’t enough, I’ve been able to reduce my need for meds.
Mia M.

PD-Connect has been invaluable to me.  The exercises we are given are very challenging, but the most amazing thing to me is: even I can do them! I believe my confidence and belief in myself have grown, and that Parkinson’s disease is being delayed because of this class. I encourage anyone with PD to come and experience the transformation.
Marilyn S.

Donate

No gift is too small or too big to make a difference

 

In 2017, PD-Connect was one of only 14 nationwide recipients of a grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation to expand its High-Intensity Exercise Classes. It also formed an inaugural team (formerly Team NeuroBlasters) and earned 2nd place in the Friends and Family Team category for raising the most funds for the National Parkinson’s Foundation MOVING DAY.

Starting in 2018, MarinLink has partnered with PD-Connect to serve as its fiscal sponsor, signaling its non-profit status as well as its intention to grow. In order to keep offering free classes for people with Parkinson’s through PD-Connect, all donations are welcome.

We are a non-profit organization. All donations are 501(c)(3) Tax-deductible.

If you would like to mail your donation, please send a check payable to:  
PD-Connect P.O. Box 398, Corte Madera, CA 94976
Note: Larger one-time gifts, please pay by check, if possible.

PD-Connect is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California non-profit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.