LaBelle certainly does not have a shortage of inspirational people, and the attendees of the LaBelle Parkinson’s Exercise Class and their caregivers are among them. This determined group rallied together at the Walk 4 Hope event, held at Lakes Regional Park in Fort Myers, this past Saturday, April 6. The Walk 4 Hope was an event where Parkinson Program participants, their caregivers, family, friends, and neighbors gathered and walked together, to raise awareness and kick-off the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Parkinson’s is a chronic, progressive, incurable neurological disease associated with a loss of dopamine-generating cells in the brain. A staggering one million Americans are currently living with Parkinson’s Disease. While PD is often known for its movement and motor-related problems, or tremors, it can also cause apathy, depression, sleep disorders, and cognitive impairment. Exercise is essential for those with PD, helping maintain balance, mobility, and overall disease management.
Research has shown that daily physical activity can actually improve PD symptoms. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with PD and is looking for support, the LaBelle Parkinson’s Exercise Class meets every Thursday, at 9:00 a.m. in the Hope Connections senior center, located at 475 E. Cowboy Way in LaBelle.