Feb 8, 2012

Maintaining mobility

"Although the neurological damage due to Parkinson's Disease cannot be reversed, maintaining muscle tone and function is a very important aspect in the treatment of the disease in order for someone to maintain independence and quality of life," Rachel Arnold, Doctor of Physical Therapy

A notable symptom of Lewy Bodies Dementia (LBD) is parkinsonian aspects.  Dwane has fairly significant parkinsonian symptoms, which include tremors, slowness of movement, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, and impaired balance and coordination.  A new exercise program, NeuroFit's Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR), is supported by research showing it improves motor, cognitive and emotional aspects of Parkinson's Disease.  I think this would be worth checking into.  Apparently one needs to contact physical therapists in order to access this program.  I did an online search and found information about the program, but it seems to be available only through physical therapists trained in PWR.

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