From Helen Old, Volunteer Coordinator, Parkinson’s UK
We know that physical activity can make a significant difference to staying well with Parkinson’s.
In partnership with Sport England, the national organisation working towards an active nation, we’ve launched Parkinson’s Power – not to be confused with our branch’s own PD Power activity! It’s a project to uncover the barriers people with Parkinson’s face in getting and staying active.
The first step of the project is a survey. Please take 15 minutes to tell us about your relationship with exercise and activity – no matter how active or otherwise you may consider yourself.
The survey closes on 6 April and can be found here
Volunteers needed for research study on “freezing”
Will Young, of Brunel University, is looking for volunteers who experience freezing for a study of a new type of strategy to help overcome the problem.
Will says: “Many people who experience freezing of gait will use strategies to help them make a step, such as counting, imagining a marching beat or aiming for a visual target (e.g., a mark on the floor in front of them).
In February, six of our branch members volunteered to help test prototypes of new devices designed to reduce hand tremors. In a temporary lab at Amersham Community Centre, set up by GyroGear, they were filmed while doing extended arm tests and paper and pen tests, both with and without different prototype gyro gloves.