I haven't written in a long time. Haven't felt I've had much to contribute, mainly because my PD has been mostly under control with the same set of meds for 2–3 years, oh lucky me!
In an effort to hopefully prolong my winning streak, I've been looking for an exercise program that would be effective and that I think I could stick with. I've tried gyms, swimming, going solo and even when helpful, so far nothing has lasted.
I recently found a Kung Fu class in nearby Chicago that I've been going to now for about 3 months and I think it's a keeper. I studied the same style of Kung Fu called Ving Tsun (or more commonly Wing Chun) for 2-3 years way back in the late 1980's in New York and gained a lot from it then in terms of overall strength and self defense skills. But more importantly for me now, Ving Tsun also improved my balance and coordination.
This new school is very friendly, reasonably priced and is an absolutely legitimate Kung Fu / Ving Tsun program. The teachers and students are also very helpful and patient when my PD symptoms appear, which they occasionally do.
It's too early to say if this will have a positive or lasting impact on my PD but I'll certainly let you know how it's going from time to time. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have. If any other PD'ers living in the Chicago are interested in investigating this program let me know.