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LIVING AND LEARNING WITH PARKINSON DISEASE Speaker: Mickey Burke, MS May 19, 2021 4:30 – 6:00PM Learning is something we are all familiar with. As children we learn in school, as adults we learn in our careers, even when retirement comes along we continue to learn. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease does not mean learning should stop. In fact, it is as good a time as any to learn something new! Creating an environment where you are physically and mentally primed, where learning is conducive, should be taken advantage of. Understand how to create that setting where learning is enhanced, where the functional skills…Read More
Research Update – Strength Guided Plan Everyone needs to be strong and powerful – but that is particularly true for persons with Parkinson disease (PWP). By definition, bradykinesia interferes with your ability to generate adequate muscle forces to produce big and fast movements1,2. These force deficits are most evident during everyday movements where you need to navigate complex environments. Over time, this results in a loss of voluntary strength (i.e., muscle weakness) and a loss of power (i.e., slow and small movements). Fortunately, there are two different modes of strength training that can help – high resistance training and power training3–4. Both modes of strength training involve exerting force against a load (e.g., machines, free weights, elastic band, or body weight). High resistance training involves exerting forces to move as…Read More