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 Parkinson’s symptoms–>Learn how to reverse and control

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The purpose of Parkinson School for Change is to advocate for the rights of Parkinson’s patients by educating everyone on how to control/reverse Parkinson’s symptoms. This information has been available for years for those willing to search for it.  Nothing magic, just practice what is hard for you and some ideas on how to make your practice most effective. Our hope is to have all the information you need or links to that information, so that you can help yourself control your PD with little or no cost.
Web-site is still under construction, so feel to contact Jennifer for PD questions. Contact info on sidebar. Thanks.
Studies that proved exercise helps reduce PD symptoms started in late 1980s. Here’s a link to an article that summarizes recent exercise studies*
 *Note:this link tells about exercise studies not about the exercises themselves.
Being healthy shouldn’t cost a lot of money.
We provide HOPE!
We believe information should be free. The Parkinson School for Change is to educate everyone on how to reverse Parkinson’s symptoms. This information has been already available for those willing to search for it.  Exercise/physical therapy programs which reverse PD symptoms are covered by Medicare (See and some other insurance plans, so exercise is medically approved and proven, not some “miracle” cure.
Plans are that this web-site will have
– physical exercise plans for all PD stages
– mental exercise recommendations and books to help you regain happiness.
-testimonies for and links to other PD people and how they regained their mobility
-links to PD related web-sites that will be useful.The Bottom line is we want you to get healthier and we know how to help you.  Don’t let anyone tell you that PD can’t be reversed.  Exercise has been known (scientifically proven) to reverse PD for over 20 years, but your doctor or physical therapists might not know.  (If you have a doctor who doesn’t know the importance of exercise for PD, find one who does.)  Some people still think that those with PD should be careful and rest a lot.Use it or lose it!

Let’s get started.
The first thing is to fix your attitude.  I know that happens when you are diagnosed.  You say; “I’m going to die with PD.  I’m going to bed.”
  This it the best way to make your symptoms worse fast.  Statistics show that the average person with PD lives as long as the average person without PD.  Are you going to practice becoming a vegetable for the next 20 years or are you going to practice being healthy? You might think this is crazy, but there will be a time in the future when people will say: “You’re lucky you have PD.”  Why? Because you have a reason to exercise and keep moving and they don’t.  Between the ages of 50 and 70 most people reduce their activities and physical excursion to an absolute minimum.  You won’t.  You have a reason to keep moving!
Step 1. Attitude
A.  Thank you mam!

  Start saying thank you and please to everyone for everything.  Some of you are killing your care partners just from ingratitude.  Believe me!  You become a grouch when you got PD; lets reverse that.
B. Smile.
You don’t have to want to.  Just do it.  10 minutes a day smile on purpose.  That’s 1 minute every hour.  Set the timer or look at the clock and smile for 1 minute.  Get the edges of your mouth turned up.  It has been shown that even a pretend smile (i.e. sticking a pencil in you mouth to turn up the corners) will increase the dopamine in your brain.  Your brain doesnt know the difference between real and fake smiling.  Will you look stupid? Not as bad as that grouchy face you’ve been showing everyone does.C.  Positive statements
Put on the bathroom mirror  and repeat loudly every time you go.
I am Happy!
I have a wonderful life!
I am grateful for all the help I get.
I love people. 

My life is just beginning and I have a wonderful future ahead.

I may have Parkinson’s, but it doesn’t have me!
Step 2:  Move
“Use it or lose it” needs to become your motto!
I will be providing stretching and exercise routines, but just start moving.

A. TV – Get the TV out of your bedroom.  You don’t need any excuses to go to bed.
When you do watch TV stand up every 15 minutes and reach for the ceiling, do a several small squats to get your ankles flexible.  The majority of falls are caused by lack of ankle flexibility.

B. Car time.  Do a posture check every 15 minutes.  Posture check is: Sit up as straight as you can with your head up high and against the back of the seat for a minute.
C. Sitting around where you can’t stand?  Wiggle toes and ankles.
D. Join an exercise class. You are most likely to exercise with other people.  Most senior or community centers have exercise classes.  You may have PD classes in your area for very low cost.
E. Walk everyday on purpose (not just from the door to the car.)  – EVERY day. That’s a start.  If you haven’t been exercising regularly use some common sense. Cardiologists recommend about 40 minutes of cardio a day. That works well for PD too, but build up to it.  After exercising you should be tired enough that you want to sit down for a while; not go back to bed.  You should be getting your heart rate up high enough so you can’t sing, but you should be able to talk still.  By the way singing will help you keep your voice strong, don’t matter how bad you sing, do it!

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