Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, exercise is more than healthy: it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living.
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month and we want you to advocate for Parkinson's awareness. We have collected 7 inspiring ways you can get involved in the Parkinson's community this month. And don't worry — we have many other ways you can stay involved year-round!
Yoga can benefit both persons with PD and their care partners, but often people don’t know how to get started. This is part one; tune in next month for part two!
Several troubling headlines appeared recently after a large randomized controlled study, published in the American Medical Association’s neurology journal (JAMA Neurology), concluded that physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) did not improve activities of daily living in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
If you did not exercise regularly before your diagnosis, it can be hard to find the motivation.
Ask your health care provider to refer you to a physical therapist or exercise physiologist for evaluation and to develop an exercise program that fits your needs. In the meantime, here are some tips to get started:
A good place to start is by building exercise into your daily routine.
The Current Research
What role does exercise play in the management of PD?
Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. However, for people with PD exercise is not only healthy, but a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities. NPF is studying exercise in the Parkinson's Outcomes Project.
Stay fit. Build your care network. Connect, learn and socialize at community events. These are the goals of the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative.
This new program is a partnership between medical professionals and the Parkinson's community to create a network of support at Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) around the country dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson's.