CH Senior Center News

The Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center (SAC), located in the CH Community Center at 1 Monticello Blvd., offers a variety of programming for those 60 and older. A complete schedule of programs is published in the community center’s newsletter, and available online at

Research has found exercise to be extremely beneficial in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. SAC offers a group exercise program, Delay the Disease, designed specifically for those living with Parkinson’s. There is no cost to participate, and the program takes place on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays of each month, at 2 p.m.

Individuals with Parkinson's can participate with or without their care partners, in a fun, positive, motivating environment, which promotes socialization and improved quality of life.

The program emphasizes Parkinson’s-specific functional training with research-based exercise. It utilizes Delay the Disease and PWR (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery) principles to promote improved strength, balance, mobility, function, coordination and cognition. Exercises are specifically geared toward managing the physical symptoms of Parkinson's.

Faith Gilbert, a physical therapist and senior fitness trainer, leads the class with the help of Amy Nieman, an exercise specialist. 

The program is supported by the Amalia Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded to fund Cleveland-area exercise programs to help those living with Parkinson's disease.

SAC membership is $5 for Cleveland Heights residents. To sign up, bring a recent piece of mail (such as a bill) and a photo ID.

University Heights residents who would like to join SAC must first register with Patrick Grogan-Myers, University Heights community development coordinator, at 216-932-7800, ext. 203, or Membership is $10 for University Heights seniors.

Amy Jenkins

Amy Jenkins is supervisor at the Cleveland Heights Office on Aging and the Senior Activity Center. She can be reached at 216-691-7379 or by e-mail at

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