Moving Day® DFW — Local Impact

Making an Impact in Dallas

Through your participation in Moving Day®, you are providing resources and programs to your loved one with Parkinson’s. Your support helps the Parkinson’s Foundation fund:

Free Resources

Moving Day® DFW helps provide free resources in your community:

  • Aware in Care hospitalization kits
  • Educational Books
  • Toll-free Helpline
  • Wellness Classes

Community Programs

Moving Day® DFW helps support existing programs and launch new ones to help people with Parkinson’s live life well. Click on a link below to find more information about the program.


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Ageless Grace Program for Parkinson’s

The program uses “Ageless Grace” exercises, lead by a certified trainer that provides specifically targeted, seated exercises, set to music. Classes are offered three days a week, and are available to anyone with Parkinson’s and their caregivers.

The “Ageless  Grace” program consists of 21 simple movements or tools, each of which addresses different factors, such as joint mobility, spinal flexibility, right-brain coordination, kinesthetic learning, cognitive function, systemic health, balance, self-esteem and confidence. The 21 tools stimulate and utilize all five areas of the brain, and numerous scientific studies have proven that exercise improves over-all performance for those with Parkinson’s.

How to sign up: Sign up is available on any scheduled exercise day

Dates: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Location: Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Contact: Katherine Leary, Parkinson’s  Support Group of Tarrant County, dr.katherine@sbcglobal.net, 817-456-2270,

Instructors: Vicky Stringer (primary instructor), Susan Hillaker 

Filling the Gap: Providing Community Based Group Exercise in McKinney

The Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society Group exercise program expansion to McKinney (suburb north of Dallas, TX) will be the first group exercise program for people with PD living in McKinney. Exercises (stretching, strength training, endurance activities, balance tasks) will all be PD-tailored. Participants in all stages of Parkinson’s will be able to participate.

How to sign up: Register and sign up for classes on-site before any class. There is no charge.

Dates: The actual start date will soon be announced. Classes will be based on availability of space. Anticipated start date is July to early August.

Location: St. Gabriel the Archangel Church in McKinney, TX

Contact: Mike Miles, Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, mikemiles@daps.us, 972-620-7600

Instructor: Barbara Mack, MS

Boxing for Parkinson’s

This program gives under-served people living with Parkinson in Dallas, TX, access to a PD-tailored boxing program. The evidence-based exercise program uses the principles of neuroplasticity and is designed to address motor impairments associated with PD such as rigidity, postural instability, and gait problems while creating and fostering a community that may improve non-motor impairments commonly associated with PD such as depression. This program allows a lower financial burden than typical skilled exercise interventions such as physical therapy or personal training while providing high intensity, focused exercise.

How to sign up: Contact Michael Braitsch at tribewellnessllc@gmail.com or 214-702-6559.

Dates: There will be two evening sessions each week. Classes will be offered in two separate cycles: August 1, 2017 to November 10, 2017 and January 2, 2018 to April 30, 2018. Classes available for 10-12 participants per cycle.

Location: To be determined

Contact: Michael Braitsch, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, tribewellnessllc@gmail.com, 214-702-6559

Instructors: Staci Shearin, PT, MPT, NCS and Michael Braitsch, PT, DPT


For more information on how to help, get involved or to learn more about programs and services in Dallas, please call us at 214-469-7661 or dnathan@parkinson.org.

Community Grants are made possible through the efforts of Moving Day®, the Parkinson’s Foundation and the support of our local community.

100 events in the first five years, more than 100,000 participants, and nearly $14M raised.