excerpt from: MercerSpace.com
Parkinson’s patients use exercise program to delay disease’s symptoms
Positivity, health and hope are at the core of the Hamilton Area YMCA’s Delay the Disease class, an exercise program for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
The program, which was developed by a trainer and a doctor in Ohio, is designed to utilize specific exercise techniques that could delay the physical onset of Parkinson’s disease. Though not scientifically proven, a recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that weight training could improve the symptoms associated with the disease. Further research on the topic is ongoing.
The Tuesday class at the the main branch of the Hamilton Area YMCA is led by two YMCA trainers, Rick Gilmartin and Maureen Rosidivito, who attended a two-day certification course in Ridgewood in the fall that was led by the founders of the national Delay the Disease organization.
“There is a need in the community [for Delay the Disease] because there is no other class like this around,” said Krissi Zigenfus, senior director member initiatives at the YMCA.
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