The Philip Shayman Parkinson's Program is generously sponsored by Florida Blue.


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Alternative and Complementary Treatments


Free Event | Lunch Included

May 22, 2024 | 12 PM


JCC on the Cohn Campus & Virtual

13009 Community Campus Dr Tampa Fl 33625


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RSVP By Phone 813.291.2253 or email Pnina Levermore

From exercise to education, support groups to social events, the Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program provides opportunities to improve the quality of life for  individuals living with Parkinson’s disease and their families. 

For those who are not able to attend in person, we are pleased to offer most of our Philip Shayman Parkinson's Program activites virtually as well as in person.

To learn more or register for the Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program, please contact Pnina Levermore, Active Adults program manager, at 813-291-2253 or  

$20/months or $100/6months

The Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program is a partnership between the Tampa JCCs & Federation, the University of South Florida Health Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center, and Tampa General Hospital. The Program is generously supported by a Community Grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Currently, more than 400 Parkinson’s disease patients, caregivers and families in the Tampa Bay area engage with the Program each year.

The Philip Shayman Parkinson’s Program offers a wide variety of programs for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families, including: 

  • Exercise classes led by Parkinson’s-trained fitness instructors to improve participants’ physical condition through aerobic activity, strength training, balance and stretch. 

  • Support groups, led by a licensed clinical social worker, tailored individually to patients and care partners to enhance coping skills, reduce feelings of isolation and anxiety, and provide opportunities for participants to express themselves. 

  • Voice Therapy & Tremble Clefs, led by a speech pathologist, addresses voice projection, breathing and posture. 

  • Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting workshop to focus on brain, facial, eye and fine motor control. 

  • Lunch & Learn education events provide helpful practical information from subject-matter experts. 

  • Weekly Brain Games to flex memory, strategy, and attentiveness. 

  • Social events and holiday celebrations to build connection and community, relieving isolation that can lead to depression and anxiety. 

Parkinson's Fitness Classes


Weekly LSVT BIG for LIFE


Thursdays, 12:00 PM (SBG – in person only)


Led by Tampa General Hospital BIG for LIFE certified physical/occupational therapists.  BIG for LIFE includes 7 BIG Maximal Daily Exercises, practice of functional movements & activities, walking BIG!, and other fun exercises with a focus on the amplitude of movements.


Rock Steady Boxing

Mondays, 1:30 PM (SBG – in person only)

Tuesdays, 1:00 PM (Cohn – in person only)

Tuesdays, 1:30 PM (SBG – in person only)

Wednesdays, 10:00 AM (Virtual)

Wednesdays, 11:00 AM (Cohn – in person only)

Fridays, 1:30 PM (SBG – in person only)


A fun activity that focuses on building strength in the core.  Rock Steady Boxing conditions for agility, speed, endurance, and hand-eye coordination.



Stretch & Strengthen with Sarah Flook


Thursdays, 2:00 PM (Cohn + Virtual)


This class addresses flexibility and neuromotor functions such as balance and gait, coordination, and agility. The class encourages muscular strength and muscular endurance. It is designed to enhance physical and mental balance and coordination.


Let’s Move with Jerry Simon


Mondays, 11:00 AM / Jerry Simon
(Cohn + Virtual) 


Just the right amount of challenge with weights, bands, and stretching





Voice Therapy for Parkinson's (VTP) and Tremble Clefs led by Cory O'Brien (Certified Speech Therapist)

Pre-registration Required.

Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 PM (Cohn + Virtual)


Targets improving the strength of the vocal mechanism to allow for a strong, clear voice.  VTP is based on vocal exercises that have proven to be effective for those experiencing voice/speech changes due to Parkinson’s.

Tremble Clefs is a therapeutic singing program that successfully addresses a critical symptom of Parkinson's –communication.


Dance & Stretch

Thursdays, 12:00 PM

(Cohn + Virtual)


This upbeat class will have you dancing your way to improved gait and balance while building functional fitness in a fun and engaging way.

Pre-registration is required


Tai Chi with Charlie Zayas


Fridays, 2:30 PM (Cohn + Virtual)


Tai Chi has been shown to be one of the most effective exercises for improving balance in patients with Parkinson’s disease by using gentle, flowing movements with the breath to improve balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, and motor control.  Tai Chi calms all the systems of the body, targeting the nervous system, which helps relieve stress, anxiety and depression.


Yoga for Parkinson's with Michelle Hubbard


Wednesdays, 2:00 PM (SBG + Virtual)


Introduction to breath awareness techniques and mindful meditation to reduce stress and encourage relaxation.





Parkinson's Cycling - Spinning with Yvette Rubenzer


Thursdays, 1:00 PM
(SBG – in person only)


Riding an indoor, stationary bicycle has been shown to reduce Parkinson's motor symptoms by as much as 35%. That’s a good reason to hop on a bike and go for a spin.




Thoughtful Breathing & Meditation with Linda Klug


Tuesdays, 2:30 PM
(SBG + Virtual)


Introduction to breath awareness techniques and mindful meditation to reduce stress and encourage relaxation.


Support Groups

All support groups meet every other week


Facilitated by
Licensed Clinical Social Worker,
Mindy Bursten. 

Care Partner Support Groups exclusively for newly diagnosed caregivers 
Monday 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  every other week 

Patient Support Groups exclusively for newly diagnosed patients 
Monday 10:00 – 11:00 AM every other week 
Monday 12:30 – 1:30 PM every other week 

Grief Support Groups 
Friday 10:15 – 11:15 AM every other week 

Patient Support Group 
Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM every other week 

Care Partners Support Group 
Friday 1:30 – 2:30 PM every other week

Support groups allow participants to develop peer support and exchange information with others struggling with similar challenges. 

In group meetings, participants confront difficulties, share thoughts and feelings, as well as resources.

In our Parkinson’s support groups, we aim to develop self-efficacy and provide the opportunities for emotional adaptation. We provide a safe space where peers may express themselves, their struggles and triumphs, and have the opportunity to help other by sharing their own experiences. 

Joining a support group is a great way to obtain further resources by hearing the experiences of others.   


Social Mixers


Social activities provide supportive social interaction and help give participants a sense of community and belonging.  Social events are opportunities for participants to come together and feel empowered, connected, and engaged.



Educational Events


Monthly Lunch & Learn events

Anual Community Education Forum

Opportunities to learn from specialists about a variety of topics of interest to the Parkinson's community.


Other Parkinson's Resources at the JCC



The cognitive power of art (virtual) 


Led by facilitators from the Tampa Museum of Art 
First Tuesday of the month, 11:00 AM 


Art looking can affect brain wave patterns and the nervous system, raise serotonin levels, and enhance brain function. Tampa Museum of Art educators lead participants through the exhibit and discuss the artwork. Docents utilize guided looking techniques to inspire conversation and reflection amongst the participants. Participants will enjoy the therapeutic benefits of having conversations about art and learn from each other.



Brain Games: Jeopardy, Word Find, etc.


Thursdays, 10:15 AM (Virtual)


A fun morning of games and puzzles to engage the brain and sharpen the mind.








Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Workshop with Cathy Daumen

Fridays, 10:30 AM (Virtual)

Helps reinforce the brain signals to improve eye and hand coordination. 

This is a 3-step approach: exercising the large arm/hand muscles, working with the fine motor skills, and exercises to improve handwriting. 

All 3 areas need to work together for success.

Parkinson's Writing Circle (Cohn)

Tuesdays (except first Tuesday of the month), 11:00 AM

The Writing Circle workshop offers writing as a healing and recreational exercise for free self-expression, including fiction and creative non-fiction (such as personal essays, memoirs, and family histories to hand down). Writing is accessible to everyone.  No experience necessary.  The Circle is led by Enid Shomer, a member of our Parkinson’s community and an experienced writer and teacher.  If you are curious but aren’t sure, we welcome you to come check it out.

The Philip Shayman Parkinson's Program Schedule 2023

Shanna & Bryan Glazer JCC in South Tampa
522 N. Howard Avenue Tampa, FL 33606

JCC on the Cohn Campus
13009 Community Campus Drive, FL 33625


Mondays 1:15 PM  Rock Steady Boxing*
Tuesdays 1:30 PM Rock Steady Boxing*
Tuesdays 2:30 PM Thoughtful Breathing and Meditation
Wednesdays 2:00 PM Yoga for Parkinson's
Thursdays 12:00 PM Announcing: LSVT BIG for LIFE
Thursdays 1:00 PM Spinning for Parkinson’s
Fridays 1:30 PM Rock Steady Boxing*
Mondays 11:00 AM Let's Move
Mondays 3:00 PM Voice Therapy with Cory O'Brien
Tuesdays (except 1st Tuesday of the month) 11:00 PM Parkinson's Writing Circle
Tuesdays 1:00 PM Rock Steady Boxing*
Wednesdays 11:00 AM

Rock Steady Boxing*

Wednesdays 3:00 PM Voice Therapy with Cory O'Brien
Thursdays 2:00 PM Stretch & Strengthen 
Fridays 2:30 PM Tai Chi

*Rock Steady Boxing classes are an affiliate program of Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Support groups are biweekly; Patient Support Group on Fridays meets weekly


11:00 AM Let's Move with Jerry Simon


3:00 PM Voice Therapy with Cory O'Brien
Tuesdays (1st Tuesday of the month) 11:00 AM Art Looking
Wednesdays 10:00 AM Rock Steady Boxing
Wednesdays 2:00 PM Yoga for Parkinson's
Wednesdays 3:00 PM Voice Therapy with Cory O'Brien
Thursdays  10:15 AM Brain Games 
Thursdays  2:00 PM Stretch and Strengthen 
Fridays 10:30 AM Fine Motor Skills & Handwriting Workshop
Fridays 2:30 PM Tai Chi with Charlie Zayas

Rock Steady Boxers Rock

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Aradi

Rock Steady Boxing Class

To register or learn more about the program,
please contact
Pnina Levermore at 813.291.2253


Ericka Botting at 813.974.8026