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Did You Dance Today? Exercises to Manage Parkinson's

By Meghana Giridhar
April 21

Physical exercise is recommended for everyone. But since Parkinson’s disease primarily attacks mobility, exercise integral for maintaining balance and enhancing daily living activities. Symptom management is an additional value with known improvements in flexibility, motor coordination and tremor control. The first step before starting any kind of exercise regime is to consult a doctor who is an expert on the disease. The doctor should focus on: •    Exercises best suited for you •    Intensity of the routine •    Length of exercise program •    Possible side effects Exercises that are related to heart and lungs and posture with rhythmic and repetitive movements are recommended. Any routine that provides a regular change of tempo, activity or direction with swinging movements is good. Research shows that those with Parkinson’s disease should exercise 4-5 times a week for 30-40 minutes, just like everyone else. The National Parkinson Foundation and Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center suggests that some exercises that meet these requirements include : •    Dance Fitness •    Aerobics •    Tai Chi •    Yoga •    Walking •    Sports such as tennis, golf •    Home workouts •    Treadmill training •    Boxing •    Cycling •    Rowing •    Weight training Other creative ways to stay active as suggested by the Parkinson’s Disease Clinic and Research Center include: •    Taking the stairs instead of the elevator •    Taking regular breaks from TV watching or computer usage and taking up a hobby •    Working out with a partner Here are additional tips from the National Parkinson Foundation. It is advisable to be very cautious when you first begin exercising. Contact your doctor immediately, if a certain movement hurts or feels unnatural. Sometimes, exercising does not come easily, leading to frustration. It is important to remember that working out requires strength that needs to be built over time.  Setting up a regular exercise routine is the best way to begin. References: http://www.pdf.org/en/exercise http://www.parkinson.org/Parkinson-s-Disease/Treatment/Exercise/Neuroprotective-Benefits-of-Exercise http://www.parkinson.org/Parkinson-s-Disease/Treatment/Exercise http://pdcenter.neurology.ucsf.edu/patients-guide/exercise-and-physical-therapy Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Coordinator and is part of eCareDiary's founding team.  In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms. If you found this article useful, please click the “Share This” icon below to make it available to your family and friends.

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Why a Specialist Asks for an Introductory Meeting

Care Providers, Edward Leigh

Question: My family doctor has recommended I see a specialist. The specialist’s office informed me that I would have an introductory meeting with him before he decided to take on my case. I am wondering why considering my doctor has referred me to him. Is this normal practice?

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How Caregivers Can Use the Arts at Home

June 9

eCareDiary will speak to Gay Hanna, Executive Director for The Center for Creative Aging about its creative caregiving initiative and policies that emerged from it's leadership summit with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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