The Rock Steady Boxing program visited Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster with their exercise program for people with Parkinson's on Thursday March 23, 2017. (Jon Kelvey and Max Simpson / Carroll County Times)
At its Timonium facility, the nonprofit Rock Steady Boxing Baltimore has long offered boxing exercise classes that spokesman Larry Zarzecki believes help reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease, such as essential tremor. But he has always wanted to bring those classes to people in Carroll.
Now, in partnership with Carroll Hospital and Core Concepts Physical Therapy and Pilates in Westminster, it's finally happening.
"There were a lot of people from Carroll County at a seminar we did for the University of Maryland asking the question, 'Hey, are you guys coming to Carroll County?' Well, you know what, we are," Zarzecki said. "We didn't forget about the people up in Carroll County."
The classes begin Tuesday, June 13 and will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, according to Elizabeth McDaniel, the community health navigator with Carroll Hospital that first arranged for Rock Steady Boxing to conduct a demonstration in March. Classes will be held at Core Concepts at 41 Magna Way, Suite 140, in Westminster.
"I became familiar with Rock Steady Boxing when a good friend's father started the program in Ohio. He absolutely loves it and credits it to being a big part of how he controls his Parkinson's," said Andrea Eisgruber, owner and physical therapist at Core Concepts. "I think it's an amazing program that can benefit so many."
Classes are $65 per month for eight Rock Steady Boxing sessions, according to McDaniel, and caregivers may attend the classes for free.
"We are really hoping to raise funds for the program so that no patient actually has to buy anything or pay anything out of pocket, but for right now we haven't been able to raise any funds because we just got this all going," McDaniel said.
Those who can pay $75 per month will also have access to Parkinson's specific yoga and Pilates classes, in addition to Rock Steady Boxing.
"Part of our mission is to offer services that can help the whole person, not just one aspect," Eisgruber said. "Offering the Parkinson's specific Pilates and yoga classes is just another avenue for the participants to explore. We will also be offering a workshop for the caregivers to attend if they choose."
To get started, prospective patients and caregivers need to schedule an assessment with Eisgruber, McDaniel said. They may reach her at 443-487-6614 or call the Carroll Hospital Care Connect line at 410-871-7000.