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Exercise / Voice practice at home


Here are some ideas for exercising at home . . .

Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials: Getting Started, Staying Motivated, Seeing Results.

Developed by the Davis Phinney Foundation, this first-of-its kind video provides a range of workouts that can be modified for any level of fitness, from beginner to advanced, and can be performed at home, in a fitness center or out in the community.
Click here for more information.

Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR)

PWR! is about early intervention, enrichment, education and empowerment of those living with Parkinson disease. We believe in the basic science studies advocating for exercise as a first line of defense as earlier and more Parkinson disease diagnoses become a reality. Even as other proactive options like medications and deep brain stimulation become utilized, exercise is just as necessary to optimize their benefits.
Includes PWRMoves™ Guidebook: A PWR!Guide to a Parkinson-specific Exercise Program.

Everyday Yoga for Mature Living

There are two new 20 minute videos available on chair yoga for older adults led by Fairfax Area Agency on Aging’s Lucy Gerland, a certified yoga instructor. Click here to find out how to access them.

Catalyst Personal Fitness – Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation

There is compelling scientific evidence in animal models of PD that intensive exercise can alter the way the brain works and promote recovery. Research in several facilities is showing how exercise improves walking and other motor skills in people with PD. Regular physical activity has a role in the preservation of proprioceptive function, the ability of the body to maintain balance and posture. Moreover, strength training helps muscles react better when balance is thrown off; it also stabilizes joints and helps maintain bone density.

Catalyst Personal Fitness provides a comprehensive rehabilitative training model that combines aerobic, resistance, balance, and flexibility training.  By exercising all muscles of the body using a progressive program plan Parkinson’s Clients slow the effects of neurodegeneration and see significant increases in their ability to perform Activities of Daily Living. The Rehabilitation Training Program begins with basic seated or lying movement patterns.  As the client progresses movement exercises are added as well as balance drills and movements to stimulate flexibility. Once the client has achieved the ability to stand, unsupported exercises are progressed to more aggressive exercises that include turning movements, weight shifts, and multi-limb combined exercises. A key aspect of the Rehabilitation Training Program is gait analysis and posture correction. PD has a negative effect on the ability to walk and maintain an upright posture. The PD client experiences a downward spiral of decreasing ability to move. As the muscles stop responding to signals from the brain balance becomes compromised. As balance deteriorates the PD client has postural issues as well as a shuffling, unbalanced gait. The Rehabilitation Training Program emphasizes muscles that bring the posture back in line and muscles that drive the gait cycle. Clients are progressed through a series of gait and posture exercises that allow them to retain normal movement patterns.

About Rob Robertson Rob describes Health and Fitness as his third career. After attending West Point, he entered the Army in 1980. Rob spent 20 years in the Infantry and was a Paratrooper as well as an Army Ranger. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 200 and started a Management Consulting firm with two partners, a company specializing in improving the workforce. In 2009, he sold his share of the company to his partners and embarked on his third and current career, fitness.  Rob earned his Master Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. He is certified as a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Rob also teaches Tai Chi at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on Tuesday mornings at 10:30.
Contact Rob: Email: rob@catalystva.com Phone: 757-373-5557 www.catalystpersonalfitness.com


Parkinson Voice Project

Our Mission: To preserve the voices of individuals with Parkinson’s and related neurological disorders through intensive voice therapy, follow up support, research, education, and community awareness.

Voice Meter App for iPhones

Description from the web page:
From the creators of the Sōsh™ app for social skills comes Voice Meter, a speech volume monitoring and regulation tool. This feature, also contained within the full Sōsh™ app, has been so popular and garnered so much praise that it is now also offered as a stand-alone app.

Voice Meter is a fun and interactive way for a person to pay attention to the volume of their speech and adjust accordingly. Developed by two psychologists this app is designed for individuals who experience speech difficulties, especially in the area of speech volume.

The Voice Meter provides a visual rating of vocal volume to practice speaking at more appropriate levels. Simply hold the device near your mouth and speak at your normal volume to learn how loudly you speak and adjust your speech accordingly. Voice Meter will reflect if the speech volume is Too Soft, Too Loud, or Just Right. This is a great tool to use in school, at home, in groups, and in speech therapy.

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