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Singercise offered for free to those with Parkinson’s

LEWISBURG – The Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center has partnered with Bloomsburg Music Therapy to offer Singercise, a free, therapeutic class for people battling Parkinson’s disease.

Singercise aims to improve speech intelligibility, increase vocal intensity, and improve respiration and swallowing, all while providing a source of social support in a fun and engaging setting.

The program, offered completely free of charge to participants and their caregivers thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, is currently being offered virtually with in-person classes set to resume soon.

Class is led by board-certified music therapist Alysha Suley, 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 who are living with Parkinson’s disease.

Previous participants have seen marked improvements in their speech and breathing, with one participant saying, “A friend recently commented on how much better I was speaking and sounding.”

Singercise has also proven to be an excellent outlet for socialization, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another attendee remarked, “My husband and I find the program to be enjoyable, and both of us have seen some positive results. It also gives us something positive to do together relative to Parkinson’s rather than focusing on all the negatives that come with the disease.”

The next session begins August 2. Interested people can get more information and register at millercenterlewisburg.com. Registration is required.

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