Exercise, nutrition, and a positive mental outlook are all key elements to living your best life moving forward with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Exercise in particular has been shown to have a positive impact on the disease, possibly even slowing it down. Research has shown positive benefits of walking, biking, lifting weights, boxing, Tai Chi, and other exercises. Keeping active is very important. Also important is maintaining good nutrition to maintain your general health and provide the fuel you will need to maintain activity. Positive outlook may come from many sources – meditation, spirituality, hobbies, friendships, and so forth may all be important to your overall well-being. The Parkinson’s Community Los Angeles will direct you to many resources specifically designed to serve the needs of individuals with PD to help you maintain a mental and physical equilibrium.
Emeritus College (a program of Santa Monica College)
This college for seniors offers free exercise, yoga, and tai chi classes in a variety of locations in the West LA area. Call for a schedule of classes and to register.
West Hollywood Comprehensive Senior Center
- Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (beginners class)
- Thursdays, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (intermediate class)
Holds tai chi classes outdoors in several locations in Los Angeles including Westwood Park. For more information and to register call Juko Chun at (213) 700-5467.
Tai Chi Parkinson’s Exercises for Patients and Caregivers
by Jerry Wild
This DVD exercise program is lead by tai chi instructor Jerry Wild who has PD himself.
To order go to: www.parkinsonsexercises.com