According to the Parkinson’s disease Foundation, as many as one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Since April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, East Ridge at Cutler Bay wanted to bring attention to this chronic and progressive movement disorder which involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain.
While there no known cure for Parkinson’s disease, studies have shown that exercise can change the brain and these changes can make an impact on the disease. Additionally, people with PD who exercise can move more normally than those who do not.
At East Ridge at Cutler Bay, we are cognizant of the tremendous benefits exercise can have on our residents, especially those with PD.
“There are numerous opportunities throughout the week for residents to engage in physical fitness at the community’s state-of-the- art fitness center. From our popular ‘Sittercise’ class which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to the ‘Balance and Flexibility’ class on Tuesdays and Fridays, residents are having fun while leading a healthy lifestyle,” said Suzana Delgado, the community’s wellness center coordinator.
Additionally, people living with Parkinson’s disease are at a greater risk for falls.
“Our exercise programs focus on balance and flexibility, keys to reducing the probability of fall. We encourage our residents to exercise to prevent falls rather than have someone tell them to exercise after they have fallen,” she added.
The Parkinson’s disease Foundation also shares these additional tips for fall prevention:
- Make adjustments in the home to prevent falls such as securing loose rugs and installing grab bars in the bathroom.
- Be aware of the movement of one’s body, especially when getting up from a chair.
- Consume ample quantities of calcium and vitamin D to keep your bones strong and healthy.
At East Ridge there is a special Vitality Program offering our residents assistance with transitioning through the continuum of care which is integral to the East Ridge lifestyle. East Ridge provides independent, assisted living and also skilled nursing and rehabilitation .
East Ridge at Cutler Bay has a dedicated team of professionals with a wealth of experience in providing care for older adults. If you’d like to learn more about how East Ridge will benefit your lifestyle, please call 305-256-3564.