PROGRAMS & EXERCISE

IMPORTANT: DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19), ALL GAPS ON-SITE PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HOWEVER, WE HAVE DEVELOPED SOME ONLINE OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP YOU STAY CONNECTED.

PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE DURING THIS TIME OF QUARANTINE.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Keep moving, stay safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


ONLINE EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES DURING COVID-19

 

Choose your online workout experience with Alex Tressor from PD on the Move!

Access his videos at: https://pdonthemove.com/start/workout

 

Join the online GAPS in Motion class from our friends at Dedicated Therapy.

Every Friday at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Find out more by clicking here.

 

Daily "Exercise Snack"

In honor of Parkinson's Awareness Month, Dedicated Therapy is providing an opportunity to sign-up for a daily exercise sent to your email. Sign-up here.

 

Dance for PD at Home

Join the Mark Morris Dance Center from the comfort of your home. Find out more here.


NOW ONLINE! GAPS Coffee Talk is a monthly, educational series led by area experts in matters such as insurance, Medicare, home health, mindfulness, nutrition, and other topics relevant to those dealing with Parkinson's. Talks occur the first Tuesday of every month. Registration is required.

The next GAPS Coffee Talk is May 5, 2020 (online)

10:00am - 11:30am

Topic: Mindfulness for Stress Management

Presenter: Dr. Heather Kindel, Anderson University

She will be talking about how to use mindfulness techniques for stress management during this challenging time,

and leading us through interactive activities and discussion topics.

Location: Online Virtual Meeting


GAPS Connect is a peer-led event that is intended for persons recently diagnosed (0-5 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 GAPS Connect is TBA.

10:00am - 3:00pm

(check-in begins at 9:30am) 

Fourth Presbyterian Church, 703 E. Washington St., Greenville, SC 29601 


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. 

This event will most likely be available online. More information to come.

Topic: Don't Let PD Control What You Eat

Speaker: Dr. Patrick Berner

The next GAPS Lunch & Learn is Thursday, May 28, 2020

11:30am - 1:00pm

(check-in begins at 11:00am) 

 

Video Archive of past seminars


GAPS Mentoring is a one-to-one, advisory relationship between a newly-diagnosed person/care partner and an existing GAPS member/care partner who has been living well with PD to offer advice and encouragement for the journey. 

If you are a person with Parkinson's or a care partner and are interested in being a mentor to your peers, please call 864-905-2574 or use our Contact Page.

This program can be done through phone calls or video chat.

Contact us today and we can put you in touch with one of our fabulous mentors!


GAPS Recharged is a weekly opportunity where caregivers, spouses, friends, and family can drop-off their loved one every Wednesday between 10:30am - 1:30pm to participate in planned activities. This program provides an opportunity for a person with Parkinson's Disease to socialize and stay active while providing needed time away for the caregiver to refresh and recharge!

 CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

A screening process is required to sign-up. To schedule a screening time, email Marla de Ruig at gapsrecharged@gmail.com or call 864-905-2574.


The GAPS Social reaches out to those members still active in the workforce and the community!  This monthly social night is a fun way for everyone to come and meet other active PD members, our board, volunteers, and staff.  Come join us and help us grow awareness, support, and commitment to the PD community in the Upstate. Light appetizers, cash bar, and an opportunity to connect with the surrounding community! 

No registration required. Join us in Greenville or Spartanburg or both!

SPARTANBURG LOCATION 

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery

197 E. St. John Street 

Spartanburg, SC 29306

GREENVILLE LOCATION 

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

5:30pm - 7:00pm 

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

(Stella Artois VIP Room)

 FREE Parking: VIP lot on Church St.



GAPS SUPPORT GROUPS

ALL ON-SITE SUPPORT GROUPS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

HOWEVER, SEE BELOW ON HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN AN ONLINE SUPPORT GROUP!

Every week, GAPS facilitates local support groups for both the people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.  These are offered at different locations throughout the Upstate 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.

 

Below is our schedule for GAPS Support Groups each month. These five locations have break out sessions for the people with Parkinson’s in one session and the caregivers in another session. View full calendar.

 

Second Thursday of every month - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

AnMed Health Rehabilitation Hospital

1 Springback Way, Anderson, SC 29621

Contact Doug Glenn: doug.glenn@encompasshealth.com

First Thursday of every month - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Bon Secours St. Francis Cancer Center

104 Innovation Dr., Greenville, SC 29607

Contact Lisa Lee: lisa.lee@blakeliving.com

Fourth Tuesday of every month - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Rolling Green Village

1 Hoke Smith Blvd., Greenville, SC 29615

Contact Adam Jennings: ajennings@harmonyatfiveforks.com

Second Thursday of every month - 11:00am - 12:00pm

The Woodlands at Furman

1500 Trailhead Ct., Greenville, SC 29617

Contact India Martin: indiapmartin@gmail.com

Third Tuesday of every month - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Seneca Presbyterian Church

115 W. South 1st Street, Seneca, SC 29678

Contact Matt Mills: matthew.mills@prismahealth.org

Second Tuesday of every month - 11:00am - 12:00pm

(begins March 10, 2020)

Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute

160 Harold Fleming Ct., Spartanburg, SC 29303

Contact Andrea Hines: ahines@corahealth.com


We strive to hold meetings consistently each month to help the members create a routine. 

However, events and support group dates, times, and/or locations may change.

Please check our website/calendar frequently to avoid inconveniences in your schedule.

View our events calendar


VIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUPS!

Since you can't meet in person right now, our Facilitators are providing a weekly opportunity to participate in GAPS Support Groups online through Zoom Video Conferencing*. No matter which Support Group you may have attended locally, this is an opportunity to join ALL of your GAPS family and peers at once!

 

However, we still have the ability to have separate meetings, one for the Caregivers and one for the Person With Parkinson's.

 

Meetings will begin the week of April 26, 2020.

Tuesdays (Caregivers)   ~   3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thursdays (PWP's)   ~   3:00pm - 4:00pm

 



On the appropriate day and time, you will need to click your "Join Zoom Meeting" link (below). 

The links will remain the same from week to week. So if you can't join one week, the link will remain the same for the following week(s). You may want to copy a link and create a recurring appointment in your personal, digital calendar as a reminder to yourself.


*You may need to download the Zoom app to your computer, phone, or tablet.

 

DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE ZOOM?

 

Watch this video tutorial!



EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES

GAPS in Motion! is a weekly exercise/movement class at 3 different locations throughout the month.

ALL CLASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SEE TOP OF PAGE FOR ONLINE EXERCISE OPPORTUNITIES.

GAPS in Motion! (Clemson)

2nd, 4th, & 5th Fridays: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Clemson Downs

500 Downs Loop, Clemson, SC 29631

GAPS in Motion! (Greenville)

Every Friday: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Phillis Wheatley Community Center

335 Greenacre Rd., Greenville, SC 29607

 

GAPS in Motion! (Seneca)

1st & 3rd Fridays: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Seneca Presbyterian Church

115 W. South 1st St., Seneca, SC 29678


The Gerald Stroud Pole Walking Group is a weekly, active support group where members with Parkinson's Disease can walk, talk, and share, while also using hiking poles to improve balance and posture.

An indoor walking track is provided.

Weekly on Wednesdays - 10:00am - 11:00am

ALL CLASSES ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601

Contact Anne Jenkins at 864-593-0747 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.

PLEASE USE THE CONTACT INFO BELOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS.

BOXING

Rock Steady Boxing Greenville

at CoreBalance

1860 Woodruff Rd., Greenville, 29607 

Contact Jennifer Matthews: 864-631-5568

 

Rock Steady Boxing

Foothills Area YMCA - Cottingham

370 Memorial Dr., Seneca, SC 29672

Contact Leslie Kilty: 864-557-0107

Rock Steady Boxing

at Summit Hills

110 Summit Hills Dr., Spartanburg 29307

Contact Libby Stewart: 864-591-2222

Rock Steady Boxing

at Total Fitness of Oconee

102 N. Hwy 11, West Union, SC 29696

Contact Dawn Crocker: 864-650-3661



PEDALING/CYCLING

Pedaling For Parkinson's

Powdersville YMCA

9115 SC-81, Piedmont, SC 29673

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

 

Pedaling For Parkinson's

Foothills Area YMCA - Cottingham

370 Memorial Dr., Seneca, SC 29672

Contact Dawn Crocker:

864-650-3661

YMCA Pedaling Classes

George I. Theisen Family YMCA

100 Inspirational Way, Travelers Rest

Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00pm

For details, contact: 864-834-2400

 

YMCA Pedaling Classes

Prisma Family YMCA

550 Brookwood Point Pl., Simpsonville

Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 pm

For details, contact: 864-963-3605

YMCA Pedaling Classes

Caine Halter Family YMCA

721 Cleveland St., Greenville, SC 29601

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00pm

For details, contact: 864-679-9622

 

YMCA Pedaling Classes

Eastside Family YMCA

1250 Taylors Rd., Taylors, SC 29687

uesdays and Thursdays at 10:15am 

For details, contact: 864-292-2790



PARKINSON'S WELLNESS RECOVERY

PWR! Hour

Dedicated Therapy

1014 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 6

Greenville, SC 29609 

Contact Shannon Cobb: 864-928-9229

PWR! Class

Prisma Family YMCA

550 Brookwood Point Pl.., Simpsonville

Thursdays 1:00pm - 1:50pm  

Contact Leslie Knox: 864-963-3605



TAI CHI & GENERAL MOVEMENT

Tai Chi with Jean Parker

Powdersville Library

4 Civic Ct., Powdersville, SC 29642

Mondays 10:00pm - 11:00pm  

Contact Jean Parker: 610-554-8562

 

Tai Chi with Jean Parker

Caine Halter Family YMCA

Mondays  & Weds 11:30pm - 12:30pm

Fridays 10:30pm - 11:30pm 

Contact Jean Parker: 610-554-8562

 

Seated Tai Chi

Foothills Area YMCA - Cottingham

370 Memorial Dr., Seneca, SC 29672

Contact Leslie Kilty: 864-557-0107

Well Walkers

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

650 N Academy St, Greenville, SC 29601

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:00am - 1:00pm

 

LSVT LOUD for LIFE

GHS Roger C. Peace

Outpatient Conference Room

1st and 3rd Fridays from Noon-1 p.m

Contact Danielle Nash: 864-455-7791

 

Senior Aerobic Class

Ray Hopkins Senior Center

203 Corn Rd, Greenville, Sc 29607

Mondays, Wednesdays, And Fridays

9:00am - 10:00am

"Golf Clinic"

Dedicated Therapy

1014 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 6

Greenville, SC 29609

Contact Shannon Cobb: 864-928-9229

 

Healthy Self

St. Francis Millennium Campus

2 Innovation Dr., Greenville, SC 29607

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30am - 1pm

You MUST CALL FIRST: 864-400-3651

 

PD Exercise Class (Anderson)

Anderson YMCA (Studio 2)

201 E. Reed Rd., Anderson, SC 29621

Tuesdays 1:00pm - 1:45pm

Contact: 864-716-6260



EXERCISE IS THE BEST MEDICINE TO COMBAT PARKINSON’S DISEASE!