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Upper Body Exercise:

This is a community-based, group exercise program led by Registered Occupational Therapists. This program is intended for adults with mild-to-severe upper body limitations due to a chronic health condition, such as Arthritis, Stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, etc. Classes run for 1-hour twice per week and can be offered either in-person or online or both. Exercises are mostly done from a seated position and are designed to help clients improve the use of their upper body through weight-bearing, stretching, isometric exercise, strengthening, coordination, and fine motor activities. No special equipment is needed.

Criteria to participate:

Client registration, medical clearance, and a liability waiver are required to participate.  Adults aged 25 and older who:

• Require exercises to be modified and supervised

• Are able to work in a group exercise setting

• Are able to bring and independently administer emergency medications (i.e. rescue inhalers, Nitro) • Can stand from sitting with minimal assistance and be able to stand with support if needed for a minimum of 15 seconds (for in-person programs)

• Can follow instructions and communicate any adverse effects of exercise • Have functional limitations or chronic pain that severely limits their ability to perform ADLs

• Clients should not be participating in Outpatient Rehab Services through HDGH or in other community exercise programs while participating in CDMP exercise programs