COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Exercise

In response to the Covid-19 outbreak High Life Highland has remained committed to providing support for participants of the Parkinson’s Exercise programme across the Highlands.

Support from High Life Highland involves a personal contact by phone and email from HLH specialist exercise instructors to help participants to keep well, at this time, by providing specifically tailored information such as how to exercise safely at home, as well as how to access resources on topics like how to eat well.

The Parkinson’s Exercise interventions have been planned in consultation with  Parkinson’s UK Scotland, resulting in people affected by Parkinson’s having a way to keep active and connected to High Life Highland during this time.

It is now well understood that if people can keep active it can significantly improve functional capacity, fitness and quality of life as well as reducing the risk of ill health, disease recurrence, deterioration of condition, risk of falling and even acute hospital admissions whilst also helping to manage symptoms.  Keeping connected is important too as some people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch is vital.

Amanda McKay, Parkinson’s Active Project Support Officer said: ““Parkinson’s UK Scotland is currently building the resources to support people with Parkinson’s to keep active during the outbreak. High Life Highland has made such a difference to members of our community, and we welcome their input and continued support for people with Parkinson’s across the Highland area at this difficult time.”

Parkinson’s UK have created a YouTube channel which hosts a number of videos that can help with keeping active along with a range of other topics which you may find helpful.  Click here to go the Parkinson’s UK YouTube channel.

Parkinson’s UK Scotland also have an excellent website full of resources you may find helpful.  Click here to go to the Parkinson’s UK website.





Parkinson’s Exercise Programme – pre COVID-19

Working closely with NHS Highland and Parkinson’s UK we are delighted to provide exercise classes for people with Parkinson’s.

There is evidence that 2.5 hours of exercise can help slow the symptoms of Parkinson’s, such as sleep problems, fatigue issues and mood and can be as important as medication and participants have told us that the usual classes help in many ways, such as:

“I’m finding it very useful, it’s improved my balance and co-ordination and posture as well as my walking too”

“we’ve established a good rapport between the people the class and we’re supportive of each other”

“it’s good getting together with people with similar problems”

“Tuesday is our favourite day as we always feel so much better after the class”

Classes currently take place at the following times:

Inverness Leisure








Lochaber Leisure Centre






Wick Assembly Rooms






Thurso Leisure Centre






Averon Centre (Alness)





Nairn Sports Club




















1550-1650 (please book at Nairn Sports Club)