Resources For Patients


Parkinson’s not only affects persons with the disease, but also spouses, family, friends and co-workers. For this reason, programs have been developed to offer support to these individuals.

Exercise: Orange Coast Medical Center offers free Parkinson’s exercise classes for patients, caregivers and family members. Benefits of exercise specific for people with Parkinson’s disease include: enhanced quality of life, easier mobility with day-to-day tasks, increased flexibility of the muscles, improved motion of the joints, decreased stiffness, and better posture and movements.

Support Groups:
Parkinson’s support groups are offered at Orange Coast Medical Center, Saddleback Medical Center and Long Beach Medical Center. Caregiver support group meetings and Young Onset support group meetings are also offered at Orange Coast Medical Center.

Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group The Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group offers those who are newly diagnosed and under the age of 60 with education and a time to share and learn with others who have this unique diagnosis.

Dance for Parkinson’s Specifically designed for patients with Parkinson’s Disease, this dance class empowers you to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.

Physical and Speech Therapy: 
Parkinson's Wellness Recovery (PWR!) and Loud Crowd - Orange Coast Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Department offers evidence-based, clinically proven, physical and speech therapy by licensed therapists certified in the Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) and Parkinson’s Voice Project’s SPEAK OUT! program. Patients who have participated in our Outpatient Rehabilitation program may attend these complimentary maintenance/progression classes. For more information, please call (714) 378-5022.

Music Therapy: The Music Therapy class at Orange Coast Medical Center, facilitated by Board Certified Music Therapist, Karen Skipper, is designed to provide patients with Parkinson’s Disease a unique, fun and evidence-based resource to improve their ability to walk and speak. For more information and class dates, please call (714) 378-5022.

Art Therapy: The Art for Therapy class provides patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and their loved ones, with an opportunity to express their emotions through creative art sessions. For more information and class dates, please call (714) 378-5022.

Additional Resources

Additional resources can be obtained by visiting the Resources & Support section of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website or The Michael J. Fox Foundation website.