March 19, 2018
Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR
David Zid, BA, ACE, APG

David Zid, and Jackie Russell, are co-founders of an evidenced-based program that was specifically created to help those afflicted with Parkinson's disease maintain their independence, slow the progression of symptoms and provide hope to a once hopeless condition.   The program is called Delay the Disease, and is now part of the OhioHealth family.   Their data supports functional improvements, decrease in fall risk, and improvement in quality of life measures. ​  Jackie and David's program currently reaches 19 states and into Canada. Today's presentation is interactive and summarizes their successful wellness program.   


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Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease (second only to Alzheimer’s Disease). It seems that everyone knows someone with PD.   In the United States it is estimated that 1-3 million are currently diagnosed, with 100,000 new cases diagnosed annually.  Cardinal signs/symptoms include a resting tremor, rigidity / stiffness, slowness of movement, and poor balance and altered ability to walk. PD robs the patient of independence.  It is a diagnosis that steals independence, control and optimism. But in recent years there is growing hope that something can be done proactively to slow or reverse the disease.

Current clinical trials support the positive effect of regular exercise on the course of Parkinson’s.  The brain’s ability to rewire, relearn and remold is called neuroplasticity.  Exercise helps encourage this process in the brain and seems to actually slow the progression of symptoms. The key to optimal improvement seems to be exercise that is regular, rigorous and practices Parkinson’s specific moves.  Could exercise protect the brain?  Can it empower someone with this disease to regain control over their functional movement and their lives?