According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, designed to educate the public about the chronic and progressive movement disorder which involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain.
While there no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, studies have shown that exercise can change the brain and these changes can make an impact on the disease. Additionally, people with PD who exercise can move more normally than those who do not.
At The Peninsula, we are cognizant of the tremendous benefits exercise can have on our residents, especially those with PD. There are several opportunities throughout the week for residents to engage in physical fitness. From our “Let’s Get Jiggy With It” class which meets daily at 10 a.m. to our Thursday “Ball Toss” group, residents are having fun while leading a healthy lifestyle.
Additionally, people living with Parkinson’s disease are at a greater risk for falls. Our exercise programs focus on balance and flexibility, keys to reducing the probability of fall.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation also shares these additional tips for fall prevention:
Make adjustments in the home to prevent falls such as securing loose rugs and installing grab bars in the bathroom.
Be aware of the movement of one’s body, especially when getting up from a chair.
Consume ample quantities of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy.
The Peninsula has a dedicated team of professionals with a wealth of experience in providing care for older adults with PD. If you’d like to learn more about how our assisted living and memory care community can be an ideal solution for your loved one, please call 954-893-7755.