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Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's

A New and Different Exercise Video and DVD from PDF Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's is a new seated exercise program sponsored by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF), and produced and directed by nationally recognized movement specialist Janet Hamburg. The innovative program, available in either video or DVD formats, includes 24 seated-and-stimulating exercises that are designed to target the major physical symptoms of Parkinson's, including stability, flexibility, posture, vocal range and facial expressivity.

The program provides an uplifting and enjoyable exercise routine in which a patient may engage alone, with a caregiver or in a group setting.

Most people already know that exercise is a great way to keep in shape and lead a healthier, more satisfying life. What many people with Parkinson's may not know is that exercise can relieve pain from rigidity, combat symptoms such as constipation, depression, memory loss and sleep problems - and may actually delay emergence of the physical symptoms of the disease. "Exercise is critical to the overall care of a patient with Parkinson's," said Dr. Lucien C‘tť, Neurology and Parkinson's Specialist at Columbia. "This video meets the needs of a Parkinson's patient because it concentrates on stretching and balance. It also provides extremely helpful tips on mobility."

Unlike exercise programs that rely on the repetition of single actions, the exercises in Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's are planned as a sequence. Janet Hamburg, a Registered Movement Therapist and professor of dance at the University of Kansas, leads participants through a series of exercises that are based on the movement theories of Rudolf Laban and emphasize rhythmic movement and spatial awareness. Set to music by Juilliard composer and pianist Robert Abramson, the soundtrack supports the exercise sequences, while cueing and encouraging the participant to move.

The 90-minute program is available in VHS, DVD and PAL (VHS for European users) formats. It is divided into three easy-to-follow sections: "How to Do Motivating Moves" (45 minutes), "The Exercise Class" (36 minutes) and "Practical Tips for Daily Living" (4 minutes).

Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's can be ordered for $14.95 plus shipping and handling. To receive your copy, please call PDF at (800) 457-6676 or order through the PDF website at