Specialized Support

North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness

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The North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness Choir welcomes all members of the Parkinson’s community — including people diagnosed with PD, family members, friends, and caregivers — to raise their voices in song. No singing experience is required! The choir works toward improving some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease affecting voice quality, like articulation, volume, and breath support. Being a choir member also allows an opportunity for fellowship while performing for members of the greater Tallahassee community. The choir was started in 2005 by a group of friends and a board certified music therapist that recognized a lack of resources for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. It soon inspired the start of a 501(c)3 organization that has serviced the needs of the PD community for over a decade of service, and now finds its home with Elder Care Services, Inc. The choir continues to sing, surviving the coronavirus pandemic by moving its rehearsals to a virtual format. The group is small but mighty, and proud to reach members as far away as Canada! All are welcome to join Zoom rehearsals, Thursdays from 10:30 a.m–11:30 a.m. EST. Contact michelle@capitalcitymusictherapy.com and request to be added to the Parkinson’s choir email list. Zoom invitations are sent Thursday mornings ahead of rehearsal.

TMH Parkinson’s Support Group

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Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month for a health and wellness support group meeting sponsored by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. Invited speakers from various professions will present the latest information on Parkinson’s-specific areas of interest, as well as topics of significant importance to our Parkinson’s constituency. This group is currently meeting on Zoom from 4:30pm–5:30pm.

For more information on the TMH Parkinson’s Support Group, please call 850-431-5002. Please view the Elder Care Services, Inc. calendar and social media for updates and zoom links.

4th Saturday Support Groups for Family, Caregivers, and Friends:

This support group is for caregivers, family, or friends of those who are taking care of someone with Parkinson’s, Dementia, or other life altering diagnosis. It is an open space led by an LCSW intern. This group will explore some of the questions we often hear at the beginning of diagnosis and provide space to discuss ongoing concerns. Example questions include, “What do I do now? What are the treatments available? What is the prognosis? What doctors do I need? Is anyone else going through this?” The meetings are currently taking place via Zoom, but we hope to move to in-person groups at some point. Please view the Elder Care Services, Inc. calendar for updates and zoom links.

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LGBTQ+ Support Group

Join us the last Thursday of every month from 11:30am–12:30pm at the Tallahassee Senior Center for a free support group hosted by Elder Care Services and Capital Tea. This group is open to seniors 50+.

Sign Up for the LBBTQ+ Support Group

Dance for Parkinson’s Disease

AIM is a volunteer program that uses Art in Medicine research to help our Tallahassee community. We are run by students at the Florida State University College of Medicine and are funded by the Chapman association. As a group we will be using dance, music, and the visual arts to interact with our community. We look forward to having events with you! Please complete the interest form. Check our calendar for zoom link and days/ time.

Dance for Parkinson Disease Registration Form

Fitness Class for Parkinson’s

Alissa Rudloe is a 4th year doctor of physical therapy student at the University of St. Augustine. She is a Tallahassee native and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in biological sciences. She has been a fitness instructor since 2009 and co-owns Train. Fight. Win. Tallahassee with her husband Sky. In addition, Alissa works full time (while in school) at Westminster Oaks as a fitness instructor. As a DPT student, Alissa has a passion for working with people with neurological disorders. She is looking forward to doing exercises specific for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. 

In her free time, she likes to perform Irish Step Dancing and walk her 3 dogs around the beautiful parks in Tallahassee. (Check our calendar for zoom link and days/time.)