Virtual Reality, Boxing, Art, Dance Slows Disease Progression for Seniors in ZoeLife Parkinson’s Immersion Program

For Immediate Release

GLENDALE, Ariz. (July 7, 2020) — The Glencroft Center for Modern Aging officially launched the  ZoeLife Parkinson’s Immersion Program (P.I.P.), designed to slow disease progression, increase independence, and reduce fall risks for senior-aged residents diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

PIP participants receive a customized menu of activities, including virtual reality, boxing, swimming, dance, art, strengthening exercises and nutrition classes to improve or slow the development of common motor and non-motor symptoms attributed to Parkinson’s disease.

Mel Pershing is a resident at Glencroft and a participant in the PIP program. When asked his thoughts about the program Pershing responded, “Anyone with Parkinson’s that is looking to battle it should come to Glencroft and jump in with this amazing team.”

PIP was developed by exercise physiologist Steve Heller, Vice President and Director, ZoeLife Operations for Glencroft. Heller collaborates with residents’ health care teams, along with speech, occupational and physical therapists, dietitians, and other professionals to help Glencroft residents diagnosed with Parkinson’s to maximize their quality of life for as long as possible, at no extra cost to them.

“To create an environment where our residents can wake up with immediate access to a team of professionals and all the resources they need in one place relieves an enormous burden for them,” explains Heller. “Most seniors diagnosed with Parkinson’s must travel to multiple facilities for various types of rehabilitation. That can exacerbate their symptoms and limit their potential.”

PIP is one of many programs available at Glencroft, which is “powered by ZoeLife,” a holistic approach to senior care and successful aging. For more information, contact Steve Heller at or visit and follow Glencroft on social media.  

About the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging

Founded in 1970, the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging (CFMA) is Arizona’s largest senior living community, and one of the largest in the U.S. It is a non-profit, faith-based continuing care retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and home health visits, among other services. CFMA is “powered by ZoeLife,” a community that empowers residents to pursue vitality through a full, active, and purposeful life. Visit us at and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube) for more information.

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