Fight Back against Parkinson’s Disease
Have you ever tried buttoning up your shirt with gloves on? How about handwriting a letter in a moving car? What if you tried walking around during the day with shoe laces that will suddenly tie themselves together? What I’ve just described is what over a million Americans with Parkinson’s experience everyday of their life.
This condition has a way of chipping away at the seemingly simple things we do on a daily bases, first, by physically altering the way a person moves their limbs, walks and eventually stands up. But, social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline can also slowly take their life away.
The good news for you or that person you know with Parkinson’s is that we have found a way to FIGHT BACK! A way to stand up to Parkinson’s and live a good, full life, with hope and dignity! It is called Rock Steady Boxing, a nationally recognized and global movement to combat this progressive, degenerative neurological disorder.
Rock Steady Boxing at Bonita Bay will offer a challenging workout that is fun and appropriate for this group. Boxing seeks to improve the very elements Parkinson’s disease takes away, agility, speed, muscular endurance, accuracy, balance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength. Each facet is trained under the supervision of caring professionals in a group setting with other folks going through the same thing together. One of the greatest benefits of this program is the social interaction between the members as they share similar struggles and fight the same battle. The exercises bring in traditional boxing style moves while adjusting for each person’s fitness level. Before you go out and buy a mouth guard though, these are non-contact exercises so no one gets hurt but everyone gets a great workout!
Men and women, young and old, newly diagnosed and those living with it for decades… each and every person affected by Parkinson’s as well as their loved ones and caregivers should attend the lecture on December 12th at 11:15am . Dr. Amanda Avila, a Neurologist and Movement Disorder Specialist and the Medical Director for Hope Parkinson’s program in Fort Myers will give an overview of the disease including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment options and the latest research. We will also hear from Dr. Heather Ault and Naturopath Teresa Spano from Integrative Medicine on the nutritional approach for managing Parkinson’s. Finally, we will preview the details of our upcoming programs for those with Parkinson’s including Rock Steady Boxing.
Please call to pre-register for this event.