The better we manage our Parkinson’s Disease today, the better quality of life we will have

by Patty Jenkins

Research from Parkinson’s Disease Studies show that increasing physical activity to at least 2.5 hours a week can slow decline in quality of life. (Parkinson’s Foundation). Because people with Parkinson’s Disease may have a number of different symptoms, the right exercise prescription may include some combination of endurance, strength and balance training (Davis Phinney Foundation). In addition to problems walking and exercising, speech problems are also common in patients with Parkinson’s disease. These symptoms can make it hard to understand a person with Parkinson’s and can directly affect their care and quality of life.

Come discover the amazing programs, “Big and Loud” presented by Two Trees Physical Therapy and Wellness at the Ventura Parkinson’s Disease Support Group on Wednesday, March 14, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at The Lexington Assisted Living at 5440 Ralston St.

We are pleased to bring Marc Broberg, PT, MSPT, NCS and co-owner of Two Trees Physical Therapy & Wellness, to discuss the most current evidence-based guidelines for therapy and exercise for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. He will also give us information about a very special exercise class offered for people with Parkinson’s Disease at Two Trees called “Neuro Boot Camp”. Marc is a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurological Physical Therapy.

We will also have two members of Marc’s team, Christina Malone and Tamara Backer, who are certified in special therapies called LSVT BIG and LOUD for people with Parkinson’s and other neural conditions.

Christina Malone PT, DPT, CSCS, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2015.

Tamara Backer, MS CCC-SLP, is a Speech Therapist and was certified in 2011 in LSVT LOUD, the first speech treatment with level 1 evidence and established efficacy for treating voice and speech disorders in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders.

We welcome all of our members, their care-partners and new friends who find themselves in this battle with Parkinson’s Disease along with us. There is a drop-off/loading and unloading driveway in the front of their building and extra parking graciously available across the street from the Lexington in the Baptist Church parking lot.

Thanks to the generosity of the Lexington Assisted Living, we are able to have our meetings every second Wednesday of the month. For more information call Patty at 766-6070. We are an independent and volunteer-organized group not affiliated with or a part of any other organization or group. Reservations are not required.

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