Bowling, Balance and a Whole Lot of Fun!

March 19, 2014

Nine bowlers and three “cheerleaders” had a wonderful time together at the Metro Bowl lanes on Foster Street in Peabody this morning!

It was our first field trip together as friends that didn’t involve attending a medical seminar or some other kind of informational event. Why did we choose bowling? It was a unanimous decision made during one of our weekly Parkinson’s exercise sessions. We were focusing on balance and stability, when someone mentioned that what we were doing was similar to bowling. That’s all it took and today’s plan was put into motion!

The Metro Bowl owners and employees were really friendly, helpful people, right down to giving permission for our members to use their canes while bowling, if balance was a concern. Those highly polished alleys are slippery, so our fun activity also provided a combination of balance, exercise and concentration. All the laughter and cheering one another on was good for exercising the facial muscles, as well as voice projection, too!

We’ll “spare” you any other puns, except to say that this idea was a lucky “strike”!


Vision Study Associated with Parkinson’s

March 14, 2014

Ongoing Parkinson’s studies at Boston University Medical Center include examining the effects of vision on perception, cognition and gait. Vision is closely associated with balance, which of course is one of the major Parkinson’s challenges.  For more information about the study and, hopefully, to interest you or someone you know to participate, visit the APDA web site at

Sleep Problems Helped by Regular Exercise

March 10, 2014

We had a great speaker at the Marblehead Parkinson’s support group meeting this week!

Cathi Thomas, a registered nurse and coordinator of the APDA Mass Chapter Information and Referral Center at Boston University Medical Center, spoke about Parkinson’s sleep disorders. Cathi and Dr. Joseph Friedman, highly respected for his work with Parkinson’s  and author of Making the Connection Between Brain & Behavior (2nd edition, 2013), presented valuable information at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Montreal, Canada, in October, 2013 that our own Keith and Linda Hall attended. But what do sleep disorders and exercise have to do with one another?

At the support meeting in Marblehead, Cathi reviewed two case studies and treatment approaches from the Montreal presentation.  Interestingly, from our perspective, at the top of the recommended sleep hygiene list was “exercise during the day”, as well as “exercise regularly and with specificity”.

If you’re experiencing trouble with sleep, please remember to explore the idea of some type of regular exercise as part of a treatment approach.

2014 Brings Our Redesigned Web Site and Blog

Welcome to our Parkinson’s Fitness web site and blog!  Visit us often to keep up to date on how we want to help you challenge yourself to increase your endurance, strength, coordination and mobility through goal-oriented, ability-customized exercise programs.  A Parkinson’s diagnosis demands an awareness that maintained mobility equals both medications AND movement.  We can help provide the movement here in our local North Shore area. We understand why consistent exercise is necessary…we live with Parkinson’s, too!


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