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Beating the Effects of Parkinson’s “Punch by Punch” in Princeton


In honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Brandywine Living at Princeton partnered with Rock Steady Boxing of South Brunswick, located at Retro Fitness in Kingston, NJ, to introduce a new exercise program to residents fighting Parkinson’s. The demonstration class, held on Thursday, April 26, was also open to the public.

For many residents, this class was their first time participating in a boxing routine and they didn’t hold back! Residents worked on their jabs and punches during mitt training to improve their coordination. Rock Steady’s fun and interactive exercise class is being added to Brandywine Living at Princeton’s weekly schedule to continue to increase balance and strength among residents.

“This was a wonderful experience, it made me feel invigorated! I’m looking forward to weekly classes,” said Liz Lopez, resident of Brandywine Living.

The program created by Rock Steady Boxing is based around non-contact boxing and designed to improve mobility, balance and strength. Based on various studies, improving physical strength for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s can contribute to an enhanced quality of life by decreasing the effects of Parkinson’s symptoms.

Former Marion County Prosecutor, Scott C. Newman, who has Parkinson’s disease, founded the first Rock Steady Boxing program in Indiana in 2006. Since then, the program has spread to gyms worldwide.

“The Rock Steady Boxing Team was beyond my expectations! Clearly they are very passionate about this technique. I have to say that this is the best exercise experience I have witnessed our residents participate in. Everyone was giving 100% and flashing big smiles the entire time,” commented Stephanie Gaber, Escapades Producer of Brandywine Living at Princeton.

About Brandywine Living
Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine current­ly operates 29 communities in six states (PA, NJ, NY, CT, VA & DE) with capacity to serve over 3,000 residents.