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A New Approach to Exercise for People with Parkinsonís

The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation (PDF), a leading national presence in the field of Parkinson's disease research, education, and public information, has launched an innovative, seated exercise program designed specifically for Parkinsonís patients, Motivating Moves for People with Parkinsonís.

Motivating Moves, which is available in video, DVD and PAL formats, consists of 24 seated exercises that target common Parkinsonís symptoms by emphasizing diaphragmatic breathing, spatial awareness, flexibility, sense of balance, vocal range and facial expressivity.

The importance of exercise for the Parkinsonís patient has long been recognized as essential to disease management and improved quality of life. Motivating Moves has been welcomed by the medical community.

ďExercise is critical to the overall care of a patient with Parkinsonís,Ē said Dr. Lucien C‘tť, Neurology and Parkinsonís Specialist at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. ďThis video meets the needs of a Parkinsonís patient because it concentrates on stretching and balance. It also provides extremely helpful tips on mobility. The video is upbeat and inspiring as well as educational. Janet Hamburgís expertise and excellent teaching skills put this video at the top of the class.Ē

Based on the movement theories of Rudolf Laban, the exercises are led by Janet Hamburg, nationally known movement specialist, Registered Movement Therapist and professor of dance at the University of Kansas. The music is by Juilliard composer and pianist Robert Abramson. Participants are guided through three sections: ďHow to Do Motivating MovesĒ (45 minutes); ďThe Exercise ClassĒ (36 minutes) and ďPractical Tips for Daily LivingĒ (4 minutes). The program provides an uplifting and enjoyable exercise routine in which a patient may engage alone, with a caregiver or in a group setting.

To order a copy of Motivating Moves for People with Parkinsonís, contact the Parkinsonís Disease Foundation at (800) 457-6676 or visit the website at Order forms are available online and can be downloaded and faxed to (212) 923-4778 or emailed to The video is available on VHS videotape, DVD or PAL videotape for $14.95, plus shipping and handling. In order to keep prices as low as possible, the PDF is welcoming grants from other Parkinsonís groups and chapters. The first such gift has been generously donated by the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland, Overland Park, KS.

About ParkinsonísÖ Parkinsonís disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects almost 1 million Americans. The Parkinsonís Disease Foundation, founded in 1957, is a leading national presence in the field of Parkinson's disease research, education, and public information. Programs include: advancing Parkinson's science through research awards and training fellowships, providing information and education to the Parkinsonís community through materials and conferences, and engaging in advocacy work.

Source Date: Dec 19 2003