It is estimated that around 120,000 people in Ireland are living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), which is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s. The hallmark signs of PD include tremors of a limb, slowness of movement, rigidity, poor balance, and shuffling walk, which is often accompanied by stooped-over posture, forward lean, and difficulty with initiating a step. All of the above can have a negative impact on a person’s quality of life and performance of daily activities such as walking, stair climbing, reaching, and dressing.
Exercise and physical activity have been proven to be effective in reducing the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s, as well as reducing the onset of symptoms. It must be remembered that PD is a progressive disease, thus it is important that exercise and physical activity are a regular element of a person’s life.
To help those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, we provide group exercise classes focusing on maintaining and improving one’s quality of life through specific exercises focusing on strength, balance, coordination, and quality movement. Our new Parkinson’s Exercise Program runs for 12 weeks and includes specific physical function assessment, and specific training to improve one’s ability to live their life.
People who joined our classes previously reported improvements in their walking speed, and moment, and improvements in balance, coordination, strength, as well as flexibility, and agility. In addition to the physical benefits, our members seem to foster team spirit between each other, reduce social isolation and loneliness, and encourage socialisation.
Why not try it for yourself?! Take charge of your own physical and mental health, improve your mood and overall sense of achievement, and most importantly, have fun doing it!
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on where you can attend a class.