Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) is a non-contact fitness program designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Founded in 2006, by a young onset patient who wanted to challenge his disease, its origin comes from his personal regimen designed by a boxing trainer. Working with a coach on a modified boxing regimen to gain strength and agility, he noticed improvements in his health and a reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms. He achieved such individual improvement that he formed a nonprofit to help bring the program to others. Today there are over 450 RSB programs around the world.
SilverSneakers is a fitness program that focuses on getting elderly people out of their homes and into the gym and their community in order to improve “overall well-being, strength and social aspects” in seniors. (Note: SilverSneakers does not sell sneakers, nor does it provide you with sneakers to use.)
The program was started in the early 1990s by Mary Swanson, who dedicated her career and life to help elderly people address their health and get in shape. Now, millions of seniors are enrolled in her program.