Those living in Andover with the neurological condition Parkinson’s are being encouraged to find out more about how physical activity and exercise can help manage the long-term health condition.
Earlier this year, the I Can Therapy Centre were asked about the support that the Centre can provide for those with Parkinson’s.
Acknowledging that support services for those with Parkinson’s in Andover have dwindled over recent years, the team thought it timely to do something proactive for local people.
Working in partnership with Parkinson’s UK and Foundations Physio, the I Can Therapy Centre will open its doors on Thursday, October 19 and welcome those with Parkinson’s into the Centre.
An information-packed afternoon is in store for those attending, providing the opportunity to hear from professionals and people living with Parkinson’s about the benefits of an active lifestyle in managing the effects of the health condition.
The I Can Therapy Centre’s unique exercise approach combines specialist power-assisted exercise equipment with coaching from an experienced team of professionals and volunteers to help individuals move and mobilise their muscles and joints.
Ian was more recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017 and has been using the Centre for 18 months, during which time he has experienced an enormously positive impact on his everyday life.
He said: “It has made me feel a lot better about my Parkinsons, it allows me to stay physically active and it has helped to slow down the decline if not stopping it over the past 6 months. I have noticed a big difference in my mobility, I used to need a walking frame when walking around the house whereas now I can do it without any aid.”
Parkinson’s UK report that Parkinson’s is the fastest-growing neurological condition in the UK with approximately 153,000 living with the condition. The condition mostly affects older adults and men more commonly than women. An active lifestyle can help people with Parkinson’s maintain physical function, fitness, strength and mobility enabling them to continue to enjoy and make the most of their lives.
For more information about the Living Well with Parkinson’s event at I Can Therapy Centre, or to book your place please visit www.icantherapycentre.co.uk/parkinsonsevent.
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