Category Archives: Activities

New Drawing group

By Keith Howell

Most of us look at great works of art and think “I wish I could draw/paint like that”. Whilst that sentiment may be true, what isn’t true is that you can’t draw.

By following some methods and rules you will be amazed at what you can achieve after a very short time. Could you play a musical instrument or ride a bike when first presented with one?

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Physiotherapy top tips

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

  1. THINK BIG – remember Parkinson’s will want to make movements small – it will do the bare minimum – it is lazy! So you deliberately need to make movements bigger.
  2. A DAILY DOSE OF EXERCISE Keep moving- exercise is now being seen as a type of medicine.
  3. POSTURE – you need to think about your posture NOW. Look in the mirror or take a photo and check that you are straight (left and right looks symmetrical and even as well as upright. It is never too early to start thinking about your posture.

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Daily dose of movement

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

People always ask ‘How much exercise do I need to do?’. Guidelines suggest to improve fitness and boost brain fitness you should aim to do 150 minutes of moderate (brisk walk) to vigorous (boxing, cycling) a week. That equates to 5 x 30 minutes per week. BUT that is the optimal amount. So don’t be put off by that and remember 10 minutes is better than none.

‘What type of exercise should I do and at what intensity’. The best Continue reading Daily dose of movement

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Exercise? Just move better

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

Don’t be put off by the word exercise – just move better.

We all know that exercise is good for us: it boosts the brain, it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and reduces blood pressure. It helps manage weight, improves bone health and improves fitness but some of us are put off by the word ‘exercise’.

One definition of exercise is ‘a particular movement to become stronger and healthier’. I think this is Continue reading Exercise? Just move better

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Hydrotherapy course Jun/Jul 2017

Hydrotherapy

Exercise with the benefit of buoyancy and water resistance in a purpose-built pool with lovely warm water.

We have a new hydrotherapy course of six weekly classes starting on Thursday 1 June 2017 at 2.30pm at the Chilterns MS Centre in Wendover (map). We will run a separate ladies-only session on the same afternoon provided a minimum of five ladies apply.

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Singing and dance workshops

By Margaret Owen

Around 50 people enjoyed an afternoon of singing and dance on 18 March at our open workshops to showcase two of the branch’s activities. Although they didn’t have to, everyone joined in both sessions which made it a really inclusive occasion. For the first time in public, the singing group performed two songs at the end. Everyone seemed to have much bigger smiles when leaving than when they arrived! Continue reading Singing and dance workshops

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2017 speech therapy programme

The 2017 speech therapy programme is now available to view and download at the end of this news item.

The Buckinghamshire Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy team holds its monthly meetings for people with Parkinson’s on the last Wednesday of most months ( August and December are the exceptions) at the Community Centre in Princes Risborough (map).

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