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Door County: Class keeps people with Parkinson’s moving

Exercise is important for people at every age, but for someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it is a key ingredient to maintaining mobility. Now finding just the right exercise class is as easy as going to the YMCA.

Through a collaborative effort between Ministry Door County Medical Center Rehab Services (MDCMCRS), the Y and the Door County Parkinson’s Support Group, special exercise classes are a popular offering twice a week in both the Sturgeon Bay and Northern Door Y program centers. And participants are seeing and feeling positive results.

“It keeps me moving. When I walk, I watch my arms now and make sure my arms are moving. If I don’t go to class, I would be going downwards. If you keep up the procedures, it (Parkinson’s disease) won’t get worse,” said Dave Barta, a class participant since the end of June. Barta was diagnosed with the disease on May 11 and immediately began physical therapy. He built his strength, stamina and mobility to be able to participate in the class. His wife, Tress, goes along with him to class. Read the rest of the article here.

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