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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Bowling
  • Fitness
  • Various Recreational Activities
Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program : We ask you for a $5 donation per session, except at the Monroeville site, where a $10 fee is charged.The Parkinson Chapter, however, is committed to providing these services to all, regardless of ability to pay. Donations are therefore handled anonymously, and financial aid is provided as needed.

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The only project of its kind in western Pennsylvania, the Parkinson Wellness Program offers physical exercise, nutritious snacks, plus social and cognitive stimulation - all tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson's.

Groups meet twice weekly for 2 � hours of exercise and occupational and recreational therapy, supervised by licensed therapists. Based on the interests of the participants, activities may include crafts, bowling, and games of memory and logic.

How can I join?

No prescription is required, and the application process is simple. The interested person or caregiver calls a site coordinator, who asks a few basic questions and faxes a one-page medical release form to their doctor. As soon as that form is returned, a program description and consent form is sent to the person with Parkinson's, who may then attend the Wellness Program. Caregivers are also welcome to attend.

Currently, the Parkinson Wellness Program is offered at five sites.

  • Monroeville - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4503 Old William Penn Highway, Call Jodi Karstetter, East Suburban Sports Medicine, 412-856-8060.
  • Squirrel Hill - UPMC Rehabilitation Hospital, 1405 Shady Avenue, Call Tracey Holzshu, 412-420-2260.
  • South Hills - Baptist Homes of Western Pennsylvania, 489 Castle Shannon Boulevard, Call Grace Zimmerman, 412-572-8295.
  • Greensburg - Weatherwood Assisted Living Residence, 896 Weatherwood Lane, Call Rosemary Slivka or Laura Schwartz, 724-853-2084.
  • Washington - Presbyterian Senior Care, 835 South Main Street, Call Rena Tatka, 724-223-5745