With Brain Awareness Week approaching March 11 to 17, now is a good time to talk about a disease that so many Americans are living with: Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain.
More than 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year. The devastating symptoms include tremor, limb rigidity and gait and balance problems. Many with this debilitating disease are self-conscious about their symptoms. A once independent person may have to start relying on others for help with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, writing a note and even getting out of bed in the morning.
While there is no cure for Parkinson’s, there are certain things a person could do to help slow its progression. That’s why at Somerset County and Plainfield YMCA we offer Delay the Disease™, a fitness program designed to empower those living with Parkinson's disease. The program is free for members and works by implementing exercise plans that are designed to delay the progression of symptoms in effort to successfully manage the disease. Classes are led by certified instructors who are also personal trainers and fitness experts. Instructors work with the participants on exercises that are designed to improve cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility and balance.
Our instructors are sensitive to each participant’s needs and symptoms. As coordinator of the program at the Y, I have had heard many success stories from our participants about how Delay the Disease has helped them manage their symptoms and feel re-energized in physical, mental and emotional ways.
Delay the Disease™ is free for Y members and held at Somerset Hills YMCA in our state-of-the-art facilities. We want everyone to know that Parkinson’s doesn’t have to take over your life, and always remember you have Parkinson’s, but it doesn’t have you.