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Community Wellness Partners, an affiliation of LutheranCare® and Presbyterian Homes & Services, has launched a new program designed to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Rock Steady Boxing is hosted at Presbyterian Residential Community and open to any local resident that has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Studies have shown that the stretching, footwork and punching movements actually help battle symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, such as tremors and trouble walking,” said Maurine Farruggia, Wellness Center/Director.

Three classes are offered per week and class placement is based on an evaluation by staff. Rock Steady costs $10 per month, or $20 per month for the added use of the Wellness Center.

A physician’s release is also required to participate. Classes are held in the Presbyterian Residential Community by the Wellness Center.

Rock Steady is another example of the organization’s renewed focus to serve as a true partner in health by enabling the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual wellness of older adults.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to partner with our community members to discover the new possibilities that make life truly satisfying and rewarding,” said Community Wellness Partners President/CEO Michael Sweeney.

Presbyterian Homes & Services is a 62-acre community in New Hartford, NY, which includes the Presbyterian Residential Community, Presbyterian Home for Central New York, the Presbyterian Homes Foundation and The Meadows at Middle Settlement. Presbyterian Homes & Services is a member of Community Wellness Partners – a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliation of LutheranCare® and Presbyterian Homes & Services. Community Wellness Partners employs 980 employees and serves nearly 1,000 older adults each day throughout our continuum, which includes Home Care, Independent Living and Assisted Living, to Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, and more.

For more information about the most complete continuity of health and wellness services for older adults in Oneida County, visit

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