My dad is 82 and has advanced parkinsons. Frequently when I take him to the doctor they as "is your dad able to stand at all?" He can because he does a lot of exercise. We do biking about a mile 3x a week using a special bike, we do walking around the house about 45 to 100 feet at a time - using either a special walker or a gait training device- depending on his strength. His neurologist said his continued capabilities were nothing short of amazing. I am a huge advocate of exercise for people with parkinsons. The biggest issue is that he absolutely cannot do it without a large amount of help. Thus for family members of pwp- this is one thing that you can do that will make a huge difference - help your loved one with parkinsons exercise. Even doing things like standing up and sitting down a set nbr of time a day helps. I Believe It's consistency that may be key.
My Mum does exercises her Physio set out for her...when we go out for a walk she will push the wheelchair a bit and walk..I find her fitness level is low due to being confined to her chair to long so I try to get her up and move about using her walker as much as possible..I created a garden for her so she can walk around looking at the flowers and veges and get her involved as much as possible at its creation, herbs to smell veges to eat flowers to look at..she loves it.
It is my wife that has been diagnosed with Parkinson's-She walks about 6 k (5-7 miles)everyday weather permitting if that is not possible she walks on the treadmill for about 1 1/2 hours. She was diagnosed about 7 years ago and so far we have been fortunate the symptoms at not real bad.. The Dr. says it is her dedication to exercise that has helped.
my husband has just bought the wii fit plus with balance board ,he says its the best thing he has done for helping his pd ,and i can join in too its a lot of fun but also a good workout if you do it right
I go to a personal trainer three times per week, and she has played a major role in keeping me active. Although she is primarily a dancer and general exercise trainer she does a great job of tailoring my routine to my specific needs. After 15 years since diagnosis and three years with the same trainer, I feel I'm getting stronger in many ways. Even though I can see some decline in certain areas (typing is difficult, handwriting illegible, voice barely audible) I still walk strongly and lift heavier weights than I ever did in my pre-Parkinson's life. When I was first diagnosed I experienced several falls, and I truly believe that my exercise program has been what has kept me from falling for the past three years.
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