Parkinson’s Fitness Classes + Support Groups


Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative


From exercise, to support, to education, to social events, the JCCs provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for Parkinson’s patients and their families.


The Tampa Bay Parkinson’s Disease Wellness Initiative (Wellness Initiative) is a partnership between the Tampa JCCs and the University of South Florida Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Excellence.  It is designed to offer hope, build community and expand opportunities to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and for their families.


Fitness Classes



Tai Chi

Fridays | 1:30-2:00 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus

Tai Chi has been shown to be one of the most effective exercises for improving balance in patients with Parkinson’s disease by using gentle, flowing movements with the breath to improve balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, and motor control.




Mondays | 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Tuesdays | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus

Step in and discover a full body, mind and spirit fitness practice, leading to greater health and well-being. Nia is designed to unleash your personal power through movement and music, integrating dance arts, healing arts and martial arts.



Water & Movement

Wednesdays | 1:00 - 2:00 PM | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Water is a unique element that allows one to increase range of motion, reduce stiffness and pain and enhance posture and motor control. The element of water can reduce the fear of falling which leads to more confidence in one’s physical abilities.


Stretch & Strengthen

Thursdays | 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus

This class addresses flexibility and neuromotor functions such as balance and gait, coordination, and agility. The instructor leads the class by encouraging muscular strength and muscular endurance.




Sundays | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | Bryan Glazer Family JCC

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are finding that cycling is helping patients reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and can even do something that medicine cannot do. There is supporting research that indicates cycling improves strength, improves mobility, improves flexibility and can even improve cognitive function!



Support Groups

Fridays | 1:30 - 2:30 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus

Facilitated by Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mindy Bursten

Care Partner Support Group - exclusively for caregivers



Patient Support Group - exclusively for patients only

Fridays bi-weekly | 12:00 - 1:00 PM | JCC on the Cohn Campus

Support groups allow participants to develop peer support and exchange information with other struggling with similar challenges. In group meetings, participants confront difficulties, share thoughts and feelings, as well as resources. In our Parkinson’s support groups, we aim to develop self-efficacy and provide the opportunities for emotional adaptation. We provide a safe space where one may express themselves, their struggles, triumphs and have the opportunity to help others by sharing their own experiences. Joining a support group is a great way to obtain further resources by hearing the experiences of others.



Social Mixers

As participants have come to feel increasingly at ease and at home in the program, they realized the added benefit of mutual support through social interaction and we are continually providing more opportunities to socialize.



Educational Events

Quarterly Lunch & Learn, Annual Community Educational Forum.  Opportunities to learn from specialists about a variety of topics of interest to the Parkinson’s community.




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Cycling Class

Lunch and Learn

Poolside Mixer

Stretch & Strengthen