Parkinson’s disease is the second most common progressive neurodegenerative condition in the United States, preceded only by Alzheimer’s. It’s a chronic, progressive neurological disease affecting 1 in 100 people worldwide after the age of 65.
The four primary symptoms of the disease are:
- Trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
- Stiffness of the limbs and trunk
- Slowness of movement
- Impaired balance and coordination
As these symptoms become more pronounced, individuals may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. Early symptoms of Parkinson’s are subtle and occur gradually over time.
It’s estimated that 500,000 to 1.5 million people live with Parkinson’s in the U.S., with 60,000 new diagnoses each year. The average age of diagnosis for Parkinson’s is 60 years old.
How to Delay or Prevent Parkinson’s Disease
Many theories on how to delay or prevent Parkinson’s have surfaced in recent years, but it’s difficult to determine exactly what is and isn’t successful. The most promising research – and first-hand experience – indicates a strong correlation between exercise and the delay of the onset of Parkinson’s, plus the mitigation of its symptoms for those already diagnosed. Exercise can help those with Parkinson’s remain limber and improve their balance and motor coordination.
“Delay the Disease” is a fitness program at Judson designed to empower people with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical performance and delaying, mitigating or preventing symptoms. The program is offered at all three of Judson’s retirement communities, (Judson Park, Judson Manor and South Franklin Circle), and is taught by certified fitness instructors.
See for yourself in this video!
Benefits of Delay the Disease:
- Improves gait, balance and strength
- Sharpens memory and cognition
- Reduces chance of falls
See a resident’s perspective on how Delay the Disease has helped her mitigate the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.
For more information about Delay the Disease and the holistic wellness programs offered by Judson, please call (216) 791-2004.