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5/11/2010 12:53:00 PM
Speaker takes on Parkinson's Disease
By Jeff Spry

Sue Scott, of ABLE Bodies in Portland, will be presenting a discussion on Parkinson's Disease (PD) at the Sisters Library Community Room on Sunday, May 16, at 3 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public. Scott is an exercise consultant, personal trainer and balance specialist. Her book, "ABLE Bodies Balance Training" for frail or older adults was published by Human Kinetics last year. She will do a 60-minute talk on "Best Exercises for Parkinson's Disease."

"The best exercise is always the ones you'll do," said Scott. "There are some compelling reasons certain kinds of exercises work well for Parkinson's. Persons with PD experience a great deal of rigidity, especially in their spines. They have difficulty initiating movement (sometimes called freezing), especially in busy or distracting environments like crowded rooms or doorways."

Scott has over 10 years of experience working exclusively with seniors and fitness. She is certified as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health and fitness instructor and an International Dance Exercise Association (IDEA) master trainer.

May is national "Exercise is Medicine" month. One reason exercise can be used like medicine is the fact that certain types and amounts of exercises can achieve specific healing results.

"We are learning, based on how the brain works, that specific exercises may help individuals improve rigidity, freezing, coordination and difficulty in complex situations. HELP PD is an agility exercise program being developed by Dr. Fay Horak and others

at OHSU (Oregon Health Sciences University). I have worked with her on HELP PD for the past three years. It's unique and includes bits of Tai Chi, Pilates, kayaking, lunges, boxing and simple obstacle courses. Some parts develop strength or endurance, other parts focus the participant on rhythm, listening to their bodies and breathing. My talk will discuss this program and others in more detail. They'll hear many ways to adapt their exercise programs to be more PD specific."

Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills, speech, and other functions. It's characterized by muscle rigidity, tremors, a slowing of physical movement and a loss of physical movement. PD is a debilitating and destructive disease that strikes millions of Americans a year. There is no cure for PD, only methods of slowing or masking the symptoms.

For more information call the Sisters Library or Len Gratteri at 503-314-1130.

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