Programs and Exercise


Newly Diagnosed Retreat Day

Offered quarterly, this peer-led event is intended for persons recently diagnosed (0-3 years) with Parkinson’s, their spouses and caregivers, and adult children. Our facilitators share valuable information from their personal experiences with medication, exercise, nutrition, symptoms, and expectations. Lunch is provided. Registration is required.

The next Retreat Day TBA.

Activities Day and Respite Care

The Greenville Area Parkinson Society offers a weekly adult Activities Day and Respite Care where caregivers, spouses, friends, and family can drop off their loved one every Wednesday between 9:00am – 11:30am to participate in planned activities, providing an opportunity for a person with Parkinson’s Disease to socialize and stay active while providing needed time away for the caregiver.

Trained staff is on-hand.

A screening process is required to sign-up. Screenings take place at The Crossings at Five Forks.
To schedule a screening time, email Shannon Vann at [email protected]
or call: 864-905-2574.

GAPS would like to thank the Crossings for hosting this program.

NOTE: Activities Day is cancelled Wednesday, Dec. 26th and and Jan. 2nd. Class will resume on Jan. 9, 2019.

Training video for AD-RC volunteers
Download/view the video presentation slides

Speaker Seminars

Expert presentations on topics ranging from nutrition and exercise to the latest research as these relate to those people living with Parkinson’s Disease. Offered during weekday lunch hour to accommodate both retirees and those still in the work force. The next seminar TBA in 2019.

Registration is required. 

Video Archive of past seminars

Peer Support Groups

Every week, GAPS facilitates local peer support groups for both the people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.  These are offered at different locations around Greenville to accommodate members in all areas. These groups are a critical part of our community where members are able to share their challenges and triumphs as well as ask questions about symptoms, issues, and concerns from people who are walking a similar path. We encourage all members to find a group that suits their needs and plug in for encouragement and support. If you are a young onset member, or even someone who is just unable to attend the daytime groups, you may be interested in attending the social mixer each month from 5:30-7:00pm. Sign up as a member to get up to date locations and times.

More info…

Happy Hour Social Mixer

This program reaches out to those members still active in the workforce and the community!   We hope this monthly social night will be a fun way for everyone to come and meet other active  PD members, our board, volunteers, and staff, and that it will help us as we grow in awareness and commitment to the people of Greenville.

Our next event: Tuesday, January 29, 2019!

5:30-7:00pm Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Stella Artois VIP Room

FREE Parking: VIP lot on Church St.

Light appetizers, cash bar, and an opportunity to connect with the Greenville community!

Watch the following videos to hear why GAPS members enjoy the Parkinson Community Social Mixers!



GAPS in Motion!

Meets every Friday from 12:00-1:00pm
International Ballet Academy
1018 S. Batesville Rd #1C
Greer, SC 29650

Admission is FREE!

Download/view flyer.

NOTE: GAPS in Motion is cancelled Friday, Dec. 21st and 28th. Class will resume on Jan. 4, 2019.

Gerald Stroud Pole Walking

Weekly on Wednesdays
10:00am- 11:00am
First Baptist Greenville
847 Cleveland St.

Supervised by volunteer Anne Jenkins, this has become known as the “active” support group as members can talk and share while also using the hiking poles to improve balance and posture while walking the inside track. Contact us for more information, or call Anne: 864-593-0747.

Download/view flyer.

NOTE: Pole Walking is cancelled Wednesday, Dec. 19th and 26th. Class will resume on Jan. 2, 2019.

YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery RX Partnership


Other Greenville Area Exercise Opportunities

While these are not GAPS programs, many of our members participate and benefit from the classes. These programs are designed specifically for those with Parkinson’s and are led by certified instructors and trainers.

Contact us for information on any of these programs:

  • Rock Steady Boxing at Core Balance
  • PD on the Move                                                 
  • GHS Parkinson’s Community Wellness Program