THINK BIG – remember Parkinson’s will want to make movements small – it will do the bare minimum – it is lazy! So youdeliberately need to make movements bigger.
A DAILY DOSE OF EXERCISE Keep moving- exercise is now being seen as a type of medicine.
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.
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.
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’.
Problem solving and Parkinson’s: just a dance beat away! Research from Hertfordshire University shows dance benefits people with Parkinson’s not only physically and emotionally, but cognitively as well.Continue reading Problem solving and Parkinson’s→
Our PD Power programme has been running for four months now and over 20 people have applied to do it. PD Power is an exercise programme aimed at developing new neural connections to modify the path of your Parkinson’s and slow it down.
We asked participants to tell us what they think of it and how it has helped them.
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.
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→
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).