"I really enjoy being at the Y-HLC. It’s my reality central. I feel like I belong and my goals are being met." Learn more about Lorlin Barber (LB) and his experience managing osteoarthritis and Parkinson’s.
"I had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my back a few years earlier and then Parkinson’s, so my wife encouraged me to try the YMCA Healthy Living Center. I wanted to increase my flexibility, strength and balance and maintain those as long as I can. I was glad to find a YMCA that specifically helps people with movement disorders, and I’m still glad I did. I appreciate all the support I feel here and feel good that I can give support to others."
At the Y-HLC, LB participates in the Aquatic Neuro Wellness class, Neuro cycling, Delay the Disease and Tai Chi. "I’ve gotten to be friends with some of the others in my classes and eat lunch here sometimes. I also attend the presentations on Parkinson’s. When I have needed physical therapy, I receive those services here, too."
LB says that the classes he participates in at the Y-HLC help him in his daily life because he is able to exercise regularly and receive the support he needs to manage his chronic disease. "I am more motivated when I take part in group classes than doing exercises on my own at home," he says.