Parkinson’s Fitness Program
According the National Parkinson Foundation, “Parkinson’s Disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. It shows no social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries. In the United States, it is estimated that 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1 million Americans who currently have Parkinson's disease. While the condition usually develops after the age of 65, 15% of those diagnosed are under 50.”
This program is a group exercise-training program that focuses on maintaining and improving endurance, balance, strength and flexibility in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Dr. David Spierer, Division of Athletic Training, Health and Exercise Sciences, and Dr. Yasser Salem, Department of Physical Therapy, are the major leaders in this program.
Classes were developed in collaboration with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, a chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.
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