Increasing the Exercise Routine

Our first week at the beach is already over. ๐Ÿ™ Last Saturday we attended the Parkinson’s Symposium sponsored by The Neuro Challenge Foundation and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. This is an annual event with 500+ attendees and included talks by recognized PD experts followed by a Q & A session afterwards. In between the talks we did two mini exercise sessions which included some voice exercises from the Loud portion of the Big and Loud program. We were joined at the meeting by Joel and Melissa whom we first met at Kripalu and then again here at the beach last year.
At the meeting we met Brad and Lynn Schramek who founded the Parkinson’s Cafe for the purpose of providing social, cultural and intellectual interaction for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. This years events include a visit to the Asolo Repertory Theatre and a visit to the Sarasota Ballet. Both agendas look interesting so we have signed up to attend them both.
This week NPR (among others) talked about the benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s and so did all of the speakers at the Symposium. Since we arrived we have upped our exercise routine to include at least an hour walking plus Qi Gong and Tai Chi.ย  During my recent Doctor visit, we discussed my lack of arm swing while walking and he suggested using walking poles to improve my posture and arm swing while walking. So this week I took delivery of a pair of Green Zen Nordic walking poles from York Nordic and they definitely help with the arm swing, posture and pace.ย  I also started the Sinemet (Cardidopa/levodopa) at the beginning of the week and
I have noticed reduced rigidity and shuffle along with theย  improved walk times over last
year’s beach visits.
Also this week we have signed on to be Fox Trial Finder Ambassadors, which I’m sure comes as a surprise to regular readers ๐Ÿ™‚ We are looking forward to helping spread the word about the importance of participating in clinical trials at support groups, events, informal meetings, and any other opportunities we get, like this blog.
This weekend, our granddaughters (oh and their parents) arrive from Seattle for a week of beach fun so I’m thinking it will be another fun and busy week!ย  Thanks for reading.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

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