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Creative and therapeutic activities

Healthy living event for people affected by Parkinson's, featuring dancing
Going to a dance or singing class, taking up painting, or writing a poem are all great ways for you to take time for yourself.

Take part in a singing or dance group

It's important to do things that you enjoy. This will mean different things to different people – you may be someone who loves to paint, is passionate about dance, or feels alive when you sing.

It means a great deal to me to keep active. Photography absorbs me, and when I'm absorbed my tremor seems to go away.

Martin, Mervyn Peake Awards entrant

Whatever it is that you enjoy, make sure you make time for it.

Sometimes it can be daunting to start something, or maybe you worry you aren't 'any good'.

The most important thing is just to start – anyone can have a go.

Dancing and singing

Research studies have been carried out into the value of activities such as singing and dance for people with Parkinson's.

Some studies have shown that these activities improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's.

Lots of people with the condition tell us that they enjoy, and get many benefits, from doing these kinds of activities:

Thinking positive

Doing something you enjoy can help you to let go of your worries and focus on the thing you're doing.

There is one afternoon a week when I know I can have fun, exercise and share experiences with other people with Parkinson's.

Pavillion Dance for Parkinson’s class participant

Staying connected

Some activities, such as going to a singing or dance class can be a social activity too – they enable you to meet people you share interests with.

Helping you keep moving

Some activities have the added benefit that they are good exercise too – dance is a great way to keep active.

There are even some classes specifically tailored to the needs of people with Parkinson's.

How can I take part?

Find a group near you:

Singing groups Dancing groups

Want to set up your own group?

Find out how you can set up a dance or singing group in your area

Already part of a singing, dance or other arts group?

Email [email protected] or call 020 7963 3940 to share your story.