Today I finished my third clinical study of PD patients and the effect exercise has on our quality of life ( mobility / balance). These studies were over 12 months with the longest being 6 mo. The result for me is I've retired my cane and put the power chair in the basement, don't need either one any more. I was diagnosed in 1999 and now am 68 years old.I've been involved in athletics most of my life but had to give up long distance running in 1996 due to yet to be diagnosed PD. My neurologist has consented to my trying running again, based on my improvement from the exercise programs. Early results are fantastic, I am running again. Meds need to be monitored so that they don't wear off while running. I am organizing a PD exercise class utilizing strength exercise, tai-chi, yoga and Pilates. First class is scheduled Jan 2012 in a large room donated by a local church. Our instructor specializes in PD programs and has been trained and certified by the State medical university. The university is helping promote the class as is the regional PD Assoc. At the very least the class participants will have another social environment.
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