A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease doesn’t have to be the end of living for the people it affects.
Parkinson’s affects the brain and the way a person moves. Monday, eighty sufferers were able to learn more about their disease and how exercise can help those affected. David Zid is a personal trainer who created a program called "Delay the Disease" that focuses on exercises specifically for Parkinson sufferers.
"When you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s it’s got to be a blow. There’s a lot of depression, there’s a lot of anxiety," said David Zid. "You’re worried about what is going to happen to you, the people around you and exercise. I’ve seen this over and over, hundreds of times that it puts people back in control ad gives them the power to say I have Parkinson’s but it doesn’t have me."
Genesis Healthcare Physical Therapist Rhonda Forrestal runs a local "Delay the Disease" exercise class once a week. She said she’s noticed improvements for the people that attend regularly.
"People are hearing about it," said Forrestal. "They start exercising and getting better because of the exercise. The research shows that exercise does delay the disease. We can eliminate the fifth stage of Parkinson’s which is really total disability."
Earl Barnes attends the class and has noticed improvements in himself.
"It just helps my balance," said Barnes "I was losing my balance and it’s bringing some of that back."
The "Delay the Disease" exercise class meets every Tuesday morning from 10-11 at North Terrace Church of Christ.