College of DuPage Nursing Student Michelle A Sok shared with Healthy Lombard that the lifespan of every human body is changing with age. Although this is true, sometimes diseases or other conditions can put a deliberating strain on an individual, whether young or old. A relatively common condition in older adults is Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Parkinson’s Disease, or paralysis agitans, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects mobility and is characterized by a loss of muscle control. The signs and symptoms include tremors, muscle rigidity (stiffness), akinesia (loss of movement), and postural instability. There is no cure for this disease and because of the manifestations, it affects an individual’s entire life. Management and safety are key to controlling and the symptoms and in as much as possible, slowing the progression of the disease.
Research has actually demonstrated in those with PD, that about 2.5 hours of exercise each week will slow the progression of PD (parkinson.org) resulting in an improved quality of life. According to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, exercise is considered safe and for most, is enjoyable in addition to easing many of the symptoms associated with PD. Exercises like yoga, tai chi, dancing, boxing, walking or swimming, as well as exercise classes that are offered in the work setting specifically for those with PD have been found to be beneficial. Learn more at Michealjfox.org or parkisons.org about research and exercise for PD.
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