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Parkinson Exercise Program

The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is pleased to announce their new Parkinson Exercise Program which will begin on Tuesday, January 3rd. Erica Boerger, Occupational Therapy Doctoral Student at Huntington University, will lead two 50 minute classes at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, for 15 weeks. This first session is open to the entire community and free to all participants and their care partners. One on one sessions are also available by appointment. Boerger and the YMCA’s Parkinson Exercise Program are supported through a grant from the Monarch Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County and the Y’s Annual Community Partners Campaign. Additional support for this program will be provided by Wilson Health Therapy Services through the provision of licensed therapists for the purpose of periodic observation and evaluation of all participants in the program.

The YMCA’s Parkinson Exercise Program is a fitness program that is easily adapted to individuals with all levels of the disease and equally valuable to those who have been newly diagnosed as well as those in progressed states of the disease. It is designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. These exercise classes are geared specifically to counteract the movement challenges experienced by people with PD.

Parkinson’s Disease is a disorder that affects approximately one million Americans and is caused by a lack of the chemical messenger dopamine in the movement centers of the brain. Besides a lack of dopamine, PD can be aggravated by genetic factors, exposure to pesticides or industrial toxins and the process of aging itself. Its three major symptoms are tremor (trembling which usually starts in one hand), rigidity in the trunk or limbs and slowness of movement. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that it typically gets worse over the years. New treatments are emerging for PD for the purpose of reducing symptoms.

Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. Please call 937-492-9134 and ask for David O’Leary for any questions or the YMCA Welcome Center to register. The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA is located at 300 E. Parkwood St.
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