Study shows that exercise can help Parkinson's patients

Certain exercises can benefit Parkinson's patientsA new study conducted by researchers from the Primary Care Research Group at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry found that daily exercise programs can improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson's disease. In addition, it can lessen the fear of falling that many seniors who have the dissease face..

"Ours is one of the first studies to seek evidence for the effectiveness of interventions, and as such it is an important step towards understanding the best ways in which to help those with Parkinson's disease both deal with and prevent further falls," said study author Dr.Vicki Goodwin. "As well as the physical effects of a fall, people with Parkinson's also suffer psychologically, often reporting a lack of confidence across the spectrum of everyday life activities, thus affecting quality of life."

Those who have Parkinson's disease or who are caring for someone who is may want to take these exercise programs into consideration. Seniors may want to move to a retirement living community where they can receive the around-the-clock care they need and will be able to be surrounded by peers.