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NWI Parkinson’s Association donates $21,600 – Supports Exercise Classes at Community Hospital Fitness Pointe

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Published on February 18, 2015 with No Comments

Gathering for the check presentation are representatives from the Northwest Indiana Parkinson’s Association, Community Hospital Fitness Pointe and class members. (IF room): From left to right are: Kay Cooper, Schererville resident; Lance Trusty, Munster resident; Marcia Smith, Lynwood resident; Carol Marynowski, Lansing resident; Jan Duncker, Community Hospital Fitness Pointe physical therapy supervisor; Alan Cross, Lansing resident; Priscilla Mulesa, Community Hospital physical therapist/clinical specialist; Warren Reiter, Hammond resident; Kevin Gahan, Community Hospital director of Therapy Services; Helen Garrison, NWI Parkinson’s Association board member; Ralph Evenhouse, Cedar Lake resident; Elizabeth Woodbury, NWI Parkinson’s Association chairman; Patrick Trippel, Crown Point resident; Andrea Dance, NWI Parkinson’s Association board member; Don Nagdeman, NWI Parkinson’s Association vice chairman; Craig Bolda, vice president Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services, Community Healthcare System; Jean Schuster, Lansing resident; Frank Maver, Highland resident; Carmen White, NWI Parkinson’s Association board member and Jim Pancheri, Munster resident. Not pictured: Carolyn Molden, Chuck Molden, Jeanette Giragos and Cindi Rosinski, NWI Parkinson’s Association board members.

People with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) are improving their mobility with the Parkinson’s Exercise Group program offered through Community Hospital’s Physical Therapy department located at Fitness Pointe. Thanks to a generous check from the Northwest Indiana Parkinson’s, Association, in the amount of $21,600, even more people will be able to benefit from these specialized exercise classes.

Research reveals that exercise is one thing that may slow down PD progression with symptoms that include slowness of movement, rigidity, tremor, difficulty walking and balance.

“It can be a challenge to do everyday tasks in terms of balance and strength,” class participant Kay Cooper said. “My walking and posture have improved through the exercise program at Fitness Pointe and I feel stronger. I am extremely grateful to be a part of this class.”

“When you have been diagnosed with PD, it is very important to stay moving and keep active in order to maintain optimal function,” said Jan Duncker, supervisor of Outpatient Physical Therapy at Fitness Pointe. “Early exercise intervention is key. As therapists, we don’t want people with PD to wait until they experience disability, impaired function or loss of balance from inactivity to seek out professional help.”

Classes offered at Community Hospital’s Fitness Pointe incorporate high-intensity movements, whole body locomotion exercises, task-specific strengthening and postural training, said Priscilla Mulesa, class facilitator and geriatric clinical specialist.

“We start with an aerobic warm-up and continue with large amplitude exercises. These exaggerated movements help to get our patients away from the flexed posture and small steps that can go along with the diagnosis. Other exercises are designed to increase balance, core strength and improve functional movements to allow participants to move as normally as possible,” Mulesa said.

Classes are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. at Fitness Pointe. Call the Physical Therapy department at Fitness Pointe, 219-934-2840, for more information.

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