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Exercise Benefits People With Parkinson's Disease

Wednesday June 24, 2015

The sooner you start regular physical activity, the better, researchers say
Robert Preidt

HealthDay News - Parkinson's disease patients who begin regular exercise earlier have a much slower decline in quality of life than those who start exercising later, a new study finds.

National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) researchers looked at information from nearly 3,000 patients. More than 1,300 reported doing little regular exercise before taking part in the study.

Over two years, 500 of the inactive patients began to exercise more than 2.5 hours a week. The researchers compared patients who exercised regularly for the entire two years to people who were inactive at the start of the study, but then began a regular exercise routine.

The study didn't note the type of workouts, just the total amount of exercise.

After two years, scores on a questionnaire that measured the impact of Parkinson's on daily life in a number of areas - including mood, movement and social interaction - worsened 1.4 points among those who began exercising earlier and 3.2 points among those who started exercising later.

This difference of nearly two points could be enough to make everyday activities feel harder for those not exercising, according to the authors of the study.

"This study makes it clear that everyone with Parkinson's disease should be exercising. Patients suffer when they delay starting their exercise, and it doesn't seem to matter what they do, they benefit from just getting up and moving," Dr. Michael Okun, NPF's national medical director, said in a foundation news release.

The study findings were presented recently at the International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders in San Diego. Research presented at meetings is generally viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Exercise Benefits People With Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Fund Raising Amounts by Body In Balance

Ballroom Dacing for Parkinson's - Sat Dec 14, 2013 from 1-3 pm

Triangle Body in Balance now has a Brave Page!! You can order a Be Brave Bracelet on the Brave Page for $35.00 and $10.00 of it will go to the Parkinson Life Center of Southern N.J. We are building this Life Center to offer the Parkinson community an all-encompassing exercise and wellness center that will include Dance, Art, Music, Exercise, Education, a Movement Disorder Specialist, Speech/Voice, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Psychologist to provide them with the highest level of care and support.

Please think of purchasing one of these bracelets for yourself or someone you love. The money will be used to help Fight & Delay Parkinson's Disease by helping us build a Clinic of Excellence for our PD community.

Click here to download the Parkinson's Council November newsletter.

Chronic Disease Self Management Program available through Burlington County Health Department. 2 and 1/2 hour sessions 1 day/week for six weeks. Contact: John Sivon at 609-265-5467 or jsivon@co.burlington.nj.us Date of course soon to be determined.

Sign up if you wish to be on the NJ American Parkinson's Disease Mailing list

RoadlD is a small bracelet that athletes wear that provides contact and medical information about who you are. If there is an emergency and you cannot talk or answer medical questions, this lightweight bracelet could save your life. For more information contact www.RoadID.com.

GoCup is a collapsing travel cup which pops up from a folded position and also has a place to carry your medications. It is very handy for those of us who need to take meds on a frequent basis. Look for it at humangear.com

Parkinson's Disease More than Motion is a facebook community depicting life with PD. Join the conversation to access helpful resources, including videos and the MORE THAN MOTION magazine. www.Facebook.com/ParkinsonsMoreThanMotion.

Parkinson's Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families (video) from the American Academy of Neurology (2010) Check it out at on the web at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyquDyeX1fE&list=SP1EFAD3D2D5CBA3CO&ind%20ex=1

Neurology Now, magazine on neurological issues provided by the American Academy of Neurology for Patients and Caregivers at no cost. Call 1-800- 422-2681 to order

Parkinson's Central Smartphone App developed by National Parkinson's Foundation. Check it out at: http://www.parkinson.org/parkinsonscentral.

It is a free, easy-to-use smartphone app that people with Parkinson's and their caregivers can use to access Parkinson's-related information where ever and whenever they need it.

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