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Exercise

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. 

Research Roundup: A Word of Caution on the Recent Findings about Physical and Occupational Therapy Effectiveness

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Author: 
Miriam Rafferty, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

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).

Tips for Becoming Physically Active

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:

Get started

A good place to start is by building exercise into your daily routine.

The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson's Wellness Initiative

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.

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