The Parkinson's Exercise Revolution
VANCOUVER, March 21, 2012 /CNW/ - This April, Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) wants to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease (PD) and its devastating effects on individuals and their families. The Society also wants to encourage the 11,000 British Columbians living with Parkinson's to join the Parkinson's Exercise Revolution.
While we all know that exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke, improve cardiovascular fitness, and promote weight loss, getting regular exercise carries deeper implications for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
George, a resident of Vancouver, was diagnosed with PD 12 years ago and although he has always been active, he and his wife Pat continue to exercise as much as possible. "We walk more, cycle sometimes, and go to the gym regularly. I also do Tai Chi twice a week," said George. "The benefits for me are flexibility, muscle tone, coordination, balance and a better sense of self."
"Although George does not participate in the organized aerobic classes, we both work out on the gym equipment," said Pat. "The advantage of two people interested in exercise means that we can motivate each other."
Dr. Martin McKeown, neurologist and researcher at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre, UBC, said "Parkinson's disease is caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain. Fortunately, besides taking medication, research has shown that exercise is the best natural way to boost dopamine."
"The Parkinson's Exercise Revolution, a phrase coined by Arizona PD rehabilitation and exercise 'guru', Dr. Becky Farley, is the theme for PSBC's many initiatives this year," said Diane Robinson, CEO. "One of these initiatives is a series of workshops by Dr. Farley on Parkinson's specific exercises to be incorporated into the daily routine of people with PD. The workshops will take place this fall in several BC locations."
Parkinson's is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer's. The primary symptoms are tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement and postural instability. There is currently no known cure.
Parkinson Society British Columbia
Established in 1969, PSBC is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to address the personal and social consequences of Parkinson's disease through education, outreach, scientific research, advocacy and public awareness. The Society does not receive government funding and is supported entirely by the generosity of members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers across the province.
For further information:
Diane Robinson, CEO | 604 662 3240 | [email protected]