Activities 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 is September 15, 2018 from 10:00am – 3:00pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Please register for the event here…

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.

Registration is required. Registration deadline for the next speaker seminar August 6, 2018.

Please register here. 

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, August 28, 2018!

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

First session is FREE and each additional session is $5!

FYI: GAPS in Motion! is currently suspended, but will resume in August 2018. Stand by for dates and details.

YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery RX Partnership


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.

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