Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease is the first program on the East End of Long Island that offers education and support for patients living with Parkinson's disease, as well as extensive and integrated community-based wellness services.
The Center draws on the resources and expertise of Meeting House Lane Medical Practice, providing access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging along with specialized rehabilitation services at the Hospital. Relationships with community collaborators have broadened the scope of the program to bring evidence-based wellness services to communities throughout the East End.
Specialized rehabilitation services are offered at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s outpatient clinic and are administered by highly-skilled and experienced therapists with certifications in vestibular/balance rehabilitation, LSVT Big and LSVT Loud. In addition to providing the following treatment modalities, our therapists will work closely with the medical team to facilitate the transition to and from therapy and any community wellness programs.
All therapies offered through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and many private insurance providers. A prescription from your primary physician may be necessary.
LSVT Loud is an evidence-based speech therapy program for people with Parkinson's disease. The program includes 16 one-on-one treatments administered over the course of one month by a certified speech language pathologist. Research supports LSVT Loud to improve voice amplitude and quality for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
LSVT BIG is a specialized physical therapy program designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease. Offered by certified clinicians, the program includes 16 one-on-one treatment sessions over the course of one month and focuses on intense, large amplitude exercises, sensory recalibration and self-cueing.
To schedule physical, occupational or speech therapy services, patients should call the Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department at (631) 726-8520.
Community-based Wellness Programs
The following programs are offered at no charge to participants through Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease. Programs are currently offered online and in-person, and we continue to welcome new participants. For more information, please call the Center for Parkinson's Disease at: (631) 644-6667.
Paint at the Parrish Arts Program, Parrish Art Museum
Developed in collaboration with the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, the American Parkinson Disease Association, and Stony Brook Southampton Hospital’s Center for Parkinson's Disease, “Paint at the Parrish” is an arts program designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. Join us at the Parrish Art Museum on Thursday, February 16 - register here!
Yoga classes target unique postural and balance impairments, improving flexibility and strength, while fostering an overall sense of well-being. Chair yoga optimizes breathing, mindfulness and postural awareness while remaining safely seated throughout class. For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
Rock Steady Boxing
Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact, boxing-inspired fitness program designed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease. Preliminary research suggests that boxing may lead to improvements in balance, gait and quality of life. No prior boxing experience is required, and all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Patients must receive clearance from their physician before participating. For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
Be Fit is a strength training class designed specifically for people living with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. Resistance training can improve strength, power and functional mobility, and this 45-minute virtual class will focus on the basics of strength training in a safe, group format. For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
Tai Chi and Qigong
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese practice combining slow movements and deep breathing, connecting mind and body while promoting overall well-being. Benefits include increased strength, improved balance and posture, decreased risk of falls and decreased stress. For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
Sing Loud for PD
Developed in collaboration with the American Parkinson Disease Association, Sing Loud for PD creates a welcoming environment for participants of all musical ability to enjoy the creative process of musical exploration while developing important social connections. Currently offered virtually, each class includes stretching, postural exercises, breathing activities and singing instruction. Register for the Winter 2023 semester here.
EAT WELL with Parkinson’s
EAT WELL with Parkinson’s explores important nutritional concepts to optimize health and well-being, while introducing new recipes, learning about local food sources and providing hands-on cooking instruction.
Voice Gym is an interdisciplinary, group class led by physical therapists and speech language pathologists certified in LSVT Big and LSVT Loud. The 10-week series incorporates both vocal and physical exercises and is uniquely designed to support our LSVT Big/Loud graduates. For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
A Matter of Balance for Parkinson's (AMOB-PD)
A Matter of Balance for Parkinson's is an 8-week group workshop developed specifically for people living with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. The program emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn how to manage falling, increase strength and balance through exercise, set realistic goals to increase activity and change their environment to reduce fall risk factors. You may register for our next workshop here, or for more information, contact the Center for Parkinson's Disease at (631) 644-6667.
Movement and Mindfulness for Care Partners
Movement and Mindfulness (UZIT) for Care Partners is a seated class that combines Mindful Movement, Breath Awareness, Restorative Yoga, Reiki and Mindful Meditation to help promote healing and relaxation, uniquely supporting our care partners. Each class includes gentle movements, breath work and mindfulness to decrease stress and create a deeper mind/body connection. Classes are currently held via Zoom on Mondays,1:00 PM. You may register here.
In the News
|"Fighting Back Against Parkinson's In Sag Harbor"||Jack Graves, The East Hampton Star|
|"Rock Steady Boxing Provides Relief From Parkinson's In Sag Harbor"||Oliver Peterson, Dan's Papers|
|"Tough Glove"||Charlotte DeFazio, Purist|
|"Parkinson's Patients Take Up Boxing to Battle Disease"||Doug Geed, News12|
|"East Enders Battle Parkinson's With Boxing Gloves"||Valerie Gordon, The Southampton Press/27east|
|"Rock Steady Boxing Classes Aimed to Help Those With Parkinson's"||Michael Heller, The Sag Harbor Express|
|"Singing Workshop Offers Relief to Locals with Parkinson's Disease"||Anisah Abdullah, The Southampton Press/27east|
|"Singing Out With Parkinson's Patients"||Bridget LeRoy, The Independent|
|"Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month Shines Light on Supportive Community"||Michelle Trauring, The Southampton Press/27east|
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