April is National Parkinson’s Awareness month. Parkinson’s Disease (PD), is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people, which was first described by James Parkinson in 1817 as “paralysis agitans.”
Some symptoms of PD include: rest tremors, bradykinesia (slow movement), rigidity, flexed posture, poor balance, altered gait and changes in writing skills. Not everyone experiences all these symptoms.
PD has a large effect on one’s motor skills, so staying active is vital for maintaining balance and mobility.
The Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center, located on the campus of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, offers exercise programs focusing on individuals with PD.
“Parkinson’s disease is quickly managed by a neurologist with effective medications along with exercise programs that will significantly improve the quality and enjoyment of life,” said Dr. Donald Lussky, neurologist on staff at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital.
One program, Dance for Parkinson’s, focuses on specific areas such as balance, muscle rigidity, coordination and postural instability while having fun with music and various forms of dance. Care partners are encouraged to participate to assist with this program. Enjoy two complimentary classes on Monday, April 23 and Friday, April 27 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm.
The Health and Wellness Center also offer a Delay the Disease for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders fitness program that empowers people with PD and other neuromuscular disorders by optimizing their physical function.
These classes incorporate functional fitness routines, music and group activities to build confidence and hope in people with movement disorders. In addition, Warm Aqua Bridge is the same program except it’s held in a warm pool setting.
To learn more about the Good Samaritan Health and Wellness exercise programs, call 630.275.2700 or visit www.advocatehealth.com/gsam/wellness.
To find an Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital physician call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE (1.800.323.8622) or visit www.advocatehealth.com/gsam.