Beginning Sept. 11, professional fitness trainer Gail Perry Borden will lead a new program at the Marblehead Council on Aging, the Choose Happy Parkinson Network.
Borden’s specialty is leading neuroplasticity-based exercises. She has been living with Parkinson’s disease for 12 years.
Whether newly diagnosed or living with it for years, Borden knows that coping with Parkinson’s disease can be daunting and that some people with the disease isolate themselves from mainstream society. But Borden wants those with Parkinson’s to realize they are not alone.
“You may not be happy you have the disease, but you can still be happy,” she said.
Borden has been inspired to develop a COA “feel good” community for individuals who would like to come together, share stories, ask questions, learn about specific personal issues and feel encouraged to connect to society without judgment.
The Choose Happy Parkinson Network will have its first group meeting Monday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.-noon at the Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St.
Caregivers are welcome, and the facility is wheelchair accessible.