The Commons of Evergreen is offering several different Fitness and Wellness Programs that are beneficial to individuals impacted with PD. Other Classes and Programs are available through the Commons of Evergreen that can also be beneficial to persons with Parkinson’s. If additional information is desired (ie., program fees, how to register, how to volunteer to become a “captain”, etc.), please feel free to reach out to the Fitness Coordinator or the Fitness & Wellness Director.
There is new hope for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Dr. Alberts with the Cleveland Clinic, a biomedical engineer and avid cyclist, has done studies on “rapid leg movement”. He found that there was a 35% decrease in PD symptoms when a specific protocol was followed. Gait, balance, tremors and rigidity improved. Also, the participants in the studies saw an improvement in energy, stamina and cognitive functioning. The Person with Parkinson’s (PwP) follows a specific exercise regimen on a stationary bike or a tandem bike with a co-rider (captain) who helps maintain the required pedaling speed, intensity, and duration. It is important to note that this exercise regimen is not a cure, but provides the PwP a significant reduction in their symptoms.