Excellent for Parkinson's

Many of us know that exercise is good for us, but how many of us know that for people living with Parkinson's Disease exercise can be as important as medication in managing symptoms?

Sunday, 2nd September 2018, 09:00 am

In fact, the Parkinson’s Society states that doing just two-and-a-half hours of exercise a week can slow the progression of symptoms.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three years ago and ‘exercise, exercise, exercise’ was what I was first prescribed.

Earlier this year, I read in your columns of a new exercise class at the Swan Leisure Centre in Berwick specifically for people with Parkinson’s. Fabulous, I thought, though being a bit ‘gym-phobic’ I was also anxious.

I need never have worried. Led by Active Northumberland staff member Kevin, the class is excellent, covering balance improvement, loosening upper body stiffness and hand/feet co-ordination – and some of this to Buddy Holly.

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The class is very supportive and we each go at our own pace.

The Parkinson’s Society has visited the class twice and we are involved in its research on the barriers to taking up exercise.

All this, plus a class member’s wife provides homemade cake each week!

But we feel there are more people living with Parkinson’s in the Berwick/Wooler/Eyemouth area who could also be benefiting from Kevin’s skills and exercising with us.

We are keen to involve new members and we guarantee a warm welcome.

If you are living with Parkinson’s, please come and join us, or if you know someone who is, please pass this information on.

The class is 10.30am every Thursday, at the Swan Centre in Northumberland Road, Berwick.

Telephone 01670 202200 for more information.

Sarah Roelofs