Chris is 69 years old and has had PD for the past ten years. He works out with Prince at ACT twice each week. He comes to the gym “dragging” but with this workout he has a better gate, less stumbling when he walks, his posture improves, and he is more alert. The benefits last a couple of days.
Thank you so much for your support! Research reports that exercise is one of the most effective treatment modalities to maximize the movement potential in patients with neurological disease. I go to the gym on my own two or three times a week in order to replicate what I have learned from my most recent session that HKC provides. On average, I work out five or six times per week. While I still struggle with fatigue and muscle weakness, I attribute my ability to live and work relatively normally with my dedication to exercising regularly, and to the encouragement, accountability, and guidance provided in my weekly sessions. I value your support, and I thank you for everything you are doing to increase awareness, and to raise money for services for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.
Dave is an active 78 year old who was diagnosed with PD a little over two years ago. He works out at the Spears YMCA in Greensboro and participates in the cycling class. He states that he is “drained” when he leaves but knows the cardiovascular benefits of exercising. Before starting the class he would stumble while walking and would often need to lean on his wife for stability. The program has helped him see that his balance has drastically improved.
Jim is 71 and was diagnosed with PD two years ago. He is very proactive and exercises as much as he can. He attends the cycling class at the Ragsdale YMCA which is offered twice each week. Before class he often feels stiff, tired, and doesn’t want to go. Afterwards he is refreshed, accomplished and his muscles are more toned. He says the class has also helped him become more social and outgoing. He said he’s been “waiting for this a long time”.