Senior Balance Exercises For Parkinson’s

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

 Parkinson’s Disease is prevalent in the aging population and can be helped by practicing simple  senior balance exercises on a regular basis. Please see Parkinson’s  Disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder of the central nervous system that impairs motor skills, cognitive processes and other functions. Other facts about Parkinson’s includes:
•    As many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease.
•    Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not include undetected cases.
•    Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson’s disease are diagnosed before the age of 50.
•    Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women.
•    The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States.
Furthermore, Parkinson’s symptoms are also puzzling since many early signs are subtle and varied. However, there are some common signs that one needs to be aware of:
  • Tremor or slight shaking in the finger, thumb, hand, chin or lip
  • Sudden change in handwriting mall
  • Loss of smell
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Stiffening of the body, arms or legs with trouble moving or walking
  • Constipation
  • Change in voice with tendency to speak softly
  • Masked Face
  • Dizziness or Fainting
  • Stooping or Hunching Over
As noted above, one of the impacts of Parkinson’s is a tremor or shaking. As a result, those older individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease usually experience difficulties with general mobility as well as imbalance and a greater risk for falling. Consequently, performing a daily routine of senior balance exercises is essential for the safety and optimal mobility of folks with Parkinson’s.

Senior Balance Exercises For Folks With Parkinson’s Disease

   To minimize the impact of certain symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, medical practitioners like doctors, nurses and physical therapists recommend a daily fitness routine that includes senior balance exercises. People with Parkinson’s can benefit from specific strengthening exercises for the leg muscles as well as core ( Abdominal and back) muscles. For lower extremity strengthening exercises, you can rehearse basic mini squat exercises, where you bend and straighten your knees while in a standing position. Additionally, you can perform heel raise exercises where you raise your heels up to stand on your toes. You can also rehearse certain equilibrium routines like standing on one foot or standing with your feet in a tandem position. You can learn how to do these senior balance exercises by following the detailed instructions in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDbalance exercises

    If you or anyone you know has Parkinson’s, please have them begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is an excellent educational DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to follow Exercise For Balance DVD is complete with  a step by step series of the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like shopping, walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like skiing, dancing and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, steadiness techniques and balance routines from a balance instructor — licensed Physical Therapist)—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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 For Parkinson’s patients, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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