News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 25, 2012

Exercise important for people with Parkinson’s

Tribune-Star staff report

TERRE HAUTE — Exercise can increase the quality of life among the general population, but its importance is even greater for people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease.

That finding, cited by the National Parkinson Foundation, will be highlighted at Friday’s gathering of the Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group.

Anthony Mazzon of the Union Hospital Center for Fitness and Performance will speak at the session, scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. in Westminster Village at 1120 Davis Drive. The discussion is free and open to the public.

In addition to his work, Mazzon competes in fitness competitions.

People coping with Parkinson’s can stay more flexible, improve posture and ease overall movement through exercise, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. There is no known cure for Parkinson’s, and fitness efforts cannot stop the progression of the disease, which afflicts an estimated 1.5 million Americans. Exercise can, though, improve patients’ quality of life. Through guidance with a physical or occupational therapist, patients can deal with its symptoms, including poor balance, joint and muscle pain, mobility and walking problems, and difficulties with daily activities such as eating, dressing, bathing and handwriting.

People with questions can contact support group organizer Loyal Bishop at (812) 232-3207.

SUPPORT GROUPS: July 25, 2012

Health, fitness

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