Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone, but for people with Parkinson’s disease it is more than healthy – exercise is medicine. Countless research studies have shown that exercise has benefits for both the body and the brain. But many people have questions about it – how to find the right programs, how to stay motivated and what qualifies as a good form of exercise. These are some of the questions that come in to the Parkinson’s Foundation and that Jill McClure, an information specialist on the foundation’s Helpline, answers. She shares her experience in this podcast episode.
- The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson’s (podcast)
- Fitness Counts (book)
- The Effects of Exercise on PD (webinar)
- Neuroprotective Benefits of Exercise
For all of our Substantial Matters podcast episodes, visit parkinson.org/podcast.
About This Episode
Released: January 2, 2018
Jill McClure joined the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline in 2012. Before that, she enjoyed working as a subject matter expert on helplines for foundations serving the breast cancer and inflammatory bowel disease communities. Her background also includes hospital administration at academic medical centers in New York City. While at the Parkinson's Foundation, Ms. McClure has attended community events, educational programs and international conferences. These extraordinary opportunities have deepened her relationships within the Parkinson’s community and enriched the services she can provide through the Helpline.
Ms. McClure thrives on connecting with people. In her role on the Helpline, she gains new insights into Parkinson's every day, and she uses this knowledge to ease the weight of living with Parkinson’s or having a family member affected by the disease. Ms. McClure's Parkinson's expertise is personal as well as professional: her father lived with the disease.
When she is not staffing the Helpline phones and answering emails, Jill enjoys spending time with her family and dog, particularly when that shared time takes place outdoors!
Connect with Jill to get your Parkinson's questions answered by contacting our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) or firstname.lastname@example.org.