Parkinson's Delay the Disease Exercise Program

The McLaren Oakland therapy department initiated a new program to help people with Parkinson’s Disease manage their symptoms and maintain a higher quality of life. We offer OhioHealth’s Delay the Disease TM, a fitness program designed to enable people with Parkinson’s Disease to take control of their disease with daily exercise. The classes are offered at both our Oxford and Clarkston locations.

The Delay the Disease TM exercise program is an evidence based fitness program aimed at helping clients move about with increased confidence; get out of bed or stand from a chair independently; improve handwriting; dress more independently; decrease symptoms of stiffness or slowness of steps; and regain a sense of moving with more normalcy.

Developed by David Zid, BA, ACE, APG and Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR in Columbus, OH, this national wellness program is designed to retrain the mind and body. Participants have reported improvements in quality of life, regained ability to more effectively manage their disease, and maintain a higher level of independence. This program targets daily functional challenges and symptom-specific fitness agendas.

Classes began in October of 2018 and are led by OhioHealth Delay the Disease TM certified instructors:

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  • Caryn Chiesa-Womble, PT
  • Sara Lugger, PT
  • Victoria Vaillancourt, PT, MS, CLT, CEEAA
  • all classes are assisted by Jessica Laperriere, PTA

Call for Dates and Times


  • Physical Therapy - Outpatient - McLaren Oakland - Oxford
    385 N Lapeer Rd
    Oxford, MI 48371
    Phone: (248) 969-7360
  • Physical Therapy - Outpatient - McLaren Oakland - Clarkston
    5701 Bow Pointe Dr
    Suite 310
    Clarkston, MI 48346
    Phone: (248) 922-6820
  • The classes are a source of fun, social camaraderie, and hope. People with Parkinson’s Disease can manage their disease through exercise – and we encourage everyone to start today!

    Four Parkinson’s patients who attended the Parkinson’s pilot class for two weeks (4 classes total), provided feedback on their experience:

      • The patients all enjoyed the course and were eager in asking what they could continue on their own at home.
      • Patients reported they were more aware of their areas of deficit and areas where they could use more help.
      • All indicated it was helpful to see that there were others in their same situation.