From exercise to education, support groups to social events, the Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program provides opportunities to improve the quality of life for  individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their families. 

The Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program is a partnership between the Tampa JCCs & Federation, the University of South Florida Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, and Tampa General Hospital. The Program is generously supported by a Community Grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Currently, more than 300 Parkinson’s disease patients, caregivers and families in the Tampa Bay area engage with the Program each year.

To learn more or register for the Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program, please contact Pnina Levermore, active adults program manager, at 813-291-2253 or pnina.levermore@jewishtampa.com.  

The Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program offers a wide variety of programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families, including: 

  • Exercise classes led by Parkinson’s-trained fitness instructors to improve participants’ physical condition through aerobic activity, strength training, balance and stretch. 

  • Support groups, led by a licensed clinical social worker, tailored individually to patients and care partners to enhance coping skills, reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety, and provide opportunities for participants to express themselves. 

  • Tremble Clefs, a self-named voice therapy group led by a speech pathologist, addresses voice projection, breathing and posture. 

  • Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting workshop to focus on brain, facial, eye and fine motor control. 

  • Lunch & Learn education events provide helpful practical information from subject-matter experts. 

  • Weekly Brain Games to flex memory, strategy, and attentiveness. 

  • Social events and holiday celebrations to build connection and community, relieving isolation that can lead to depression and anxiety. 

Fitness Classes



 

Rock Steady Boxing
Tuesdays, 1:30 PM / Emily Rzonca
(BGF – in person only)

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM / Raeann Wright
(Virtual)

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM / Raeann Wright
(Cohn – in person only)

Fridays, 1:30 PM / Sarah Flook
(BGF – in person only)

A fun activity that focuses on building strength in the core.  Rock Steady Boxing conditions for agility, speed, endurance, hand-eye coordination.


 

Stretch & Strengthen
Mondays, 1:30 PM / Sarah Flook
(BGF + Virtual)

Thursdays, 2:00 PM / Theresa Martinez
(Cohn + Virtual)

This class addresses flexibility and neuromotor functions such as balance and gait, coordination, and agility.  The class encourages muscular strength and muscular endurance.  It is designed to enhance physical and mental balance and coordination.


 

Let’s Move with Jerry Simon

Mondays, 11:00 AM / Jerry Simon
(Cohn + Virtual) 

Just the right amount of challenge with weights, bands, and stretching

 

 

 


 

Brain Games: Jeopardy, Word Find, etc.

Thursdays, 11:30 AM (Virtual)

A fun morning of games and puzzles to engage the brain and sharpen the mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tremble Clefs Singing Group
Mondays, 3:00 PM
(Cohn + Virtual)

Addresses voice projection, breathing and posture.  Tremble Clefs is voice therapy and mutual social support through singing, performance and the power of making music together.

 


 

Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Workshop with Cathy Daumen

Fridays, 10:30 AM (Virtual)

Helps reinforce the brain signals to improve eye and hand coordination. 

This is a 3-step approach: exercising the large arm/hand muscles, working with the fine motor skills, and exercises to improve handwriting. 

All 3 areas need to work together for success.


 

Thoughtful Breathing & Meditation with Linda Klug

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM
(BGF + Virtual)

Introduction to breath awareness techniques and mindful meditation to reduce stress and encourage relaxation.



 

Tai Chi with Charlie Zayas

Fridays, 2:15 PM (Cohn + Virtual)

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.  Tai Chi calms all the systems of the body, targeting the nervous system, which helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression.


 

Cardio Drumming with Michelle Hubbard

Wednesdays, 2:00 PM (BGF + Virtual)

Cardio Drumming is a fun exercise program where participants exercise to music using drumsticks (or pool noodles) to challenge their cardiovascular system as well as their neurological system by learning sequences to engage their brains.

 

 


 

Zumba Gold with Maria Montero

Tuesdays, 2:30 PM
(Cohn – in person only)

This energetic form of dance has been modified specifically for Parkinson’s to help improve gait, coordination, and mobility.  The session will cover Parkinson’s-specific movement elements using a wide variety of dance styles, including salsa, tango, cumbia, mambo, rumba.

 


Support Groups


 

Facilitated by
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
Mindy Bursten. 

Care Partner Support Groups exclusively for newly diagnosed caregivers 
Monday 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  every other week 

Exclusively for caregivers 
Friday 1:30 – 2:30 PM every other week

Patient Support Groups exclusively for newly diagnosed patients 
Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM every other week 
Monday 12:30 – 1:30 PM every other week 

Exclusively for patients 
Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM weekly 

Support groups allow participants to develop peer support and exchange information with others 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 peers may express themselves, their struggles and triumphs, and have the opportunity to help other 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

Monthly Lunch & Learn events Anual Community Education Forum

Opportunities to learn from specialists about a variety of topics of interest to the Parkinson's community.


Other Parkinson's Resources at the JCC


 

ART LOOKING:
THE COGNITIVE POWER OF ART
(virtual) 

Led by facilitators from the Tampa Museum of Art 
First Tuesday of the month, 11:00 AM 

 

Art looking can affect brain wave patterns and the nervous system, raise serotonin levels, and enhance brain function.  Tampa Museum of Art educators lead participants through the exhibit and discuss the artwork.  Docents utilize guided looking techniques to inspire conversation and reflection amongst the participants.   

 

Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program Introduction. Learn more about who we are and what we offer.

Join USF Health and the Tampa JCCs & Federation for fun classes like Rock Steady Boxing*, Tai Chi,
Stretch & Strengthen, Line Dance and Chair Yoga.

 

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing Introduction.

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing Coach Beth Maberry and Wingman Sam Scaff lead the workout

Stretch and Strengthen Introduction.

THE PHILIP SHAYMAN PARKINSON'S PROGRAM SCHEDULE

JCC on the Cohn Campus in Citrus Park
13009 Community Campus Drive Tampa, FL 33625

Mondays 11:00 AM Let's Move (+Virtual)
  3:00 PM Tremble Clefs (+Virtual)
Tuesdays 2:30 PM Zumba Gold for Parkinson's
Wednesdays 11:00 AM

Rock Steady Boxing*

Thursdays 2:00 PM Stretch & Strengthen (+Virtual) 
Fridays 2:15 PM Tai Chi (+Virtual)

Bryan Glazer Family JCC in South Tampa
522 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606

 

Mondays 1:30 PM  Stretch & Strengthen (+Virtual)
Tuesdays 1:30 PM Rock Steady Boxing*
  2:30 PM Thoughtful Breathing and Meditation (+Virtual)
Wednesdays 2:00 PM Cardio Drumming (+Virtual)
Thursdays 1:30 PM LSVT BIG for LIFE
Fridays 1:30 PM Rock Steady Boxing*

Virtual Only

Mondays
& Fridays

Various times Patient and Care Partners Support Groups
Wednesdays 10:00 AM Rock Steady Boxing
Thursdays  11:30 AM Brain Games 
Fridays 10:30 AM Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Workshop

 

*Rock Steady Boxing classes are an affiliate program of Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Support groups are biweekly; Patient Support Group on Fridays meets weekly

 

Enroll now for fitness classes or a support group specific to you.

To register or learn more about the program,
please contact
Pnina Levermore at 813.291.2253
or pnina.levermore@jewishtampa.com

or

Julia Kennedy at 813.369.0765
or juliakennedy@usf.edu