posted: December 8, 2020

Free, virtual program offered via Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA helps those with Parkinson’s disease

Singercise, a free, live-online program, will begin a third session in January 2021 thanks to a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. The program is a music therapy, group-singing protocol designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners to work out little muscles that play a crucial role in swallowing and respiratory control.


Participants can expect to see improvements in vocal intensity, speech intelligibility, respiration and swallowing. The program can also act as a source of social support for participants, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many who suffer Parkinson’s are homebound.


Class will be facilitated by board-certified music therapist Alysha Suley, MM, MT-BC, 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 battling Parkinson’s disease.


Virtual class times are Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm from January 13 through March 31, 2021. The program will be offered virtually via the Zoom platform.


Registration is required and class slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline to register is January 12, 2021. Interested participants may register in person at the Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center, by calling (570)556-4191, or at


  • 94.1 WQKX
    • PO Box 1070
    • Sunbury, PA 17801
  • Phone: 570-286-5838
    • Fax: 570-743-7837
    • Request/Contest: 1-800-326-94KX
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