Enriching Lives with Ciela Parkinson's Program

As a wellness-focused retirement community, Ciela is committed to enhancing and enriching the lives of older adults. Our specialized program is tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals affected by Parkinson's Disease at every stage of their journey.

Program Overview

A 360º Approach to Parkinson's Care

At Ciela, our Parkinson's Program shines through our state-of-the-art Vitality Center, led by our health and wellness experts who have crafted a specialized program grounded in evidence-based research from the Parkinson's Foundation and the American College of Sports Medicine. Our program prioritizes exercise's critical role in managing the disease, offering unique services like hydrotherapy pool sessions, personalized training plans, and targeted group classes to boost mobility, balance, and overall quality of life. Additionally, our program features engaging group activities such as walks, barre classes, yoga, and tai chi, fostering community and enhancing well-being through exercise and social interaction.

Source: Exercise Guidelines for Parkinson’s

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Featured Therapy
Enhance Mobility with Therapeutic Hydrotherapy
Ciela's aquatic therapy program provides a bespoke approach to rehabilitation and managing conditions like Parkinson's Disease. Our hydrotherapy pool features an underwater treadmill and a height-adjustable floor, allowing for highly customized workout and rehabilitation regimens. We also incorporate far-infrared and red-light therapy to reduce inflammation and promote healing. This holistic approach aims to enhance cardiovascular health, balance, and muscular strength in a supportive and safe environment focused on individual progress.

You can learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy in rehabilitation here.
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Warm Water Therapy

Heated water reduces muscle stiffness and enhances joint mobility, making it easier for those with Parkinson's to move and exercise comfortably.

Buoyancy and Support

Water supports body weight, reducing joint stress and allowing individuals with Parkinson's to move with greater freedom and less pain.

Resistance Training

Water resistance helps build strength, endurance, and muscle tone, which are essential for managing Parkinson's symptoms.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Gentle pressure improves circulation and reduces swelling, supporting cardiovascular health and overall well-being in Parkinson's patients.

Tailored Exercise Programs for Parkinson's

Because Parkinson's disease primarily affects movement but also has cognitive and emotional components, exercise is a particularly valuable aspect of the treatment regimen due to its profound effects on both body and brain.

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Mindfulness and Movement

Yin Yoga, Tai Chi & Qi Gong

Practices like Tai Chi and yoga, which emphasize a strong mind-body connection, can help improve motor control, reduce stress, and enhance the overall sense of well-being.

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Balance Training

Exercises that focus on balance and proprioception (awareness of body position) are crucial as Parkinson's can impair these senses.



Barre classes are a great way to sculpt and tone the body through a low-impact workout.

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Sound Bath, Meditation & Breathwork

Experience relaxation and rejuvenation through sound therapy. Reduce stress and increase energy through breath control.


Strength Training with HUR Equipment

Safely build strength and endurance.

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Cardiovascular Exercise

Enhance fitness levels with specialized aerobic workouts.

Motor Skills

Improvement of Motor Symptoms

Muscle Strength and Flexibility: Exercise helps maintain muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, which are critical as Parkinson's often leads to muscle stiffness and weakness.

Coordination and Gait: Regular physical activity can improve coordination and gait, reducing the risk of falls and enhancing mobility.

Bradykinesia: Exercises, especially those that involve large movements and repetitive actions, can help counteract bradykinesia (slowness of movement).

Source: Exercise & Parkinson’s | American Parkinson Disease Association

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Cognitive Benefits

Cognitive Benefits

Memory and Learning: Exercise has been shown to improve cognitive functions such as memory and learning, which can be affected in Parkinson's disease.

Mental Health: Regular physical activity reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, common non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's. It can also improve overall mood and quality of life.

Source: Exercise & Parkinson’s | American Parkinson Disease Association

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Neuroprotective Benefits

Brain Health

Research shows that exercise enhances dopamine utilization and promotes neuroplasticity in the brain areas associated with motor function.

Neuroprotective Effects: Exercise promotes the release of neurotrophic factors, which support the growth, survival, and differentiation of neurons. This can potentially slow the progression of neurodegeneration.

Neuroplasticity: Physical activity encourages the brain's ability to adapt and reorganize itself, which is vital for maintaining functional abilities despite the loss of dopaminergic neurons in Parkinson's.

Source: Exercise & Parkinson’s | American Parkinson Disease Association

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Social Benefits

Social Interaction and Motivation

Group Activities: Participating in group exercises or sports can provide social interaction, which is beneficial for mental health and motivation.

Routine and Discipline: Establishing a regular exercise routine helps create structure and discipline, which can be empowering and enhance self-efficacy.

Source: Exercise & Parkinson’s | American Parkinson Disease Association

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