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In-person SINGERCISE is back at the Y

Singercise, a free program for those living with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners, will begin its fourth session on April 7, 2021. Offered through the Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, Singercise uses music therapy and group-singing to work out little muscles that play a crucial role in swallowing and respiratory control.

Participants can expect to see improvements in vocal intensity, speech intelligibility, respiration and swallowing. The program can also act as a source of social support for participants, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many who suffer Parkinson’s are homebound.

Class will be facilitated by board-certified music therapist Alysha Suley, MM, MT-BC, a member of the American Music Therapy Association and the International Association for Music & Medicine. Singercise is open to individuals of all physical ability and fitness levels.

Class meets every Wednesday virtually via Zoom from 1-2 pm and in-person from 2:15-3:30 pm from April 7 through June 23, 2021.

Registration is required and class slots are available on a first come, first served basis. Interested participants may register in person at the Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center, by calling (570)556-4191, or at gsvymca.org.

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