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High Intensity Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease Mini-Series

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A few days in the month of May, Life Care Center of Aurora will be hosting a series of events for Parkinson’s Disease, focusing on the benefits of high intensity exercises for this disease. Each day in the series, which takes place on May 14th and May 21st 2014, you will learn something new, such as how the body of a Parkinson’s patient can be treated by the use of exercise, and which exercises are best.

On May 14th, physical therapist Erica DeMarch will discuss the difference between forced exercise and high intensity exercise. DeMarch is has had extensive experience with neurological rehabilitation and will be demonstating effective exercises specific to managing Parkinson’s symptoms.

On the 21st, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Meredith Roberts will for teach about current research demonstrating that exercise is a key ingredient for managing Parkinson’s symptoms. Dr. Roberts is a leading expert in physical therapy for Parkinson’s patients, specifically. Both days will be chock full of information, and there will be question and answer sessions for the speakers. If you plan on attending, you are encouraged to wear comfortable workout clothing, so you can try some of the exercises being demonstrated.

The Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies is the organization sponsoring these events, which are completely free to attend! This is a great thing to do if you have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or if you have a close friend or loved one who has been diagnosed, and you'd like to share with them the things you learned at these events, if there aren't able to attend themselves.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progessive disease, which means it gets worse over time, that attacks the dopamine receptors in your brain. These dopamine receptors make it possible for you to move the way you want to. You don't really think to much about moving your legs while walking. You decide to start walking in one direction, or hop on one foot, or turn around, and your muscles immediately respond accordingly.

In someone with Parkinson’s, your muscles won't always respong the way you want them to. You may have tremors, or move a lot slower than what you intended. People with Parkinson’s may also have a hard time balancing, putting one foot in front of the other, or may experience stiff muscles frequently. All of these symptoms can be lessened, and the progression of the disease can be slowed by the right types of exercise, which you will learn about on these days.

If you don't have Parkinson’s yourself but want to get involved somehow, there are plenty of volunteer and donation opportunities that you can find out about on the Parkinson Rockies website http://www.parkinsonrockies.org/get-involved/community-awareness-events. There are also plenty of other events hosted by this organization in the Denver area, just keep checking their websites to see what you can attend or do to help!

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