As winter melts into spring, you may be realizing that your exercise routine suffered through the cold season. You probably already know that exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Parkinson’s disease (PD) specialists have long debated the potential value of Parkinson’s-specific physical therapy. All great medical debates are usually settled by two factors: time and data. In this month’s What’s Hot, we review a paper recently published in Lancet Neurology (Ypinga 2018) that provides insight and data for whether people with Parkinson’s should begin or continue specialized physiotherapy.
- 2.Support Groups
Open PD Support Groups – Monroe County
The following groups are open to anyone diagnosed with Parkinson’s, spouse/partner, care partner, support people.
Location: Westside YMCA, 920 Elmgrove Road, Gates, 14624
Meets: Second Tuesday of each month
Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
For more information about this group contact Tracy Lafountain, Lifespan staff at the Westside YMCA, 585-341-3075 or Dick Stewart at 585-247-4868.
Margaret Schenkman, P.T., Ph.D., F.A.P.T.A., Associate Dean for Physical Therapy Education and Director of the Physical Therapy Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Community-based Parkinson’s Programs
Many businesses & private groups offer Parkinson disease focused programs in the greater Rochester area. Programs, times, fees can change, please contact the organization directly to verify information listed below.
Parkinson Café – Lifetime Care
If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and A chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) in the striatum area of the brain. It is involved in many brain functions, such as memory and control of motor activity.
Reflecting on the Moving Day® NC Triangle 2016 walk to #BeatParkinsons. For more information about Moving Day® and ways you can help raise awareness about the benefits of exercise in combating Parkinson's, visit www.Parkinson.org/MovingDay.
Topics include: our top fundraisers, Moving Day® statistics, interviews with participants, and more.