Keep living, laughing and moving with Parkinson’s disease!

by Patty Jenkins

How do I do that, you ask?? Well, it’s by employing the “dreaded E word”, the magic medicine for everyone, but especially for people with Parkinson’s Disease: it’s “exercise!” Every Doctor, Movement Disorder Specialist, Neurologist, fitness professional and Parkinson’s Disease web site emphasize how important it is for people with PD to keep moving. “No matter what symptoms are present and how significant they may be, some form of exercise likely can be done” (from Parkinson’s 360 degrees, Michael J. Fox Foundation) “Group exercise can foster social interactions and a sense of community, too.”

And it can also be fun! Come discover how with the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Wednesday September 13 from 1 to 3PM at the Lexington Assisted ,5440 Ralston. We are having a very special and “interactive” presentation by two of our area’s finest and most experienced professionals in their fields with Parkinson’s Disease: Marc Broberg, PT, Director of the Neuro Division of Two Trees Physical Therapy and Wellness and Camille Torgesen, instructor for The Art of Movement and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.

Marc is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy. Marc graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of California San Francisco /San Francisco State University in 2002. Prior to pursuing a graduate degree in PT, Marc earned a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics from CSUN and participated in clinical research at the Center for Human Movement Studies at Georgia Tech in collaboration with Emory University. Marc will discuss and illustrate the most current evidence-based guidelines for therapy and exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and also give demonstrations and information about a special class offered for people with Parkinson’s Disease at Two Trees called “Neuro Boot Camp”.

Camille Torgeson has been in the business of assisting in the health and fitness of our senior population since 1997. She earned her teachers credential in Older Adult Health and Physical Fitness. In addition, she is trained in The John Argue Art of Movement for people with Parkinson’s Disease and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance from the Oregon Research Institute for those at risk of falling or repeated falls. The classes she teaches are “evidence based” and recognized by the CDC and NCOA or based on a combination of evidence based programs. Parkinson’s Disease And The Art Of Moving is a program developed by John Argue in 1985 to help friends diagnosed with the disease. With input from doctors and others in the neurological field, he developed a program that addresses, movement, speech, and activities of daily living. She has been teaching the program there and in Camarillo since her training.

Check in at the front desk for directions to the meeting room. Extra parking is available across the street from the Lexington in the Baptist Church parking lot.

Call Patty at 766-6070 for further information. Reservations are not required. The Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group is an independent and volunteer-organized group not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group

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