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Struthers Parkinson’s Center and the Burnsville YMCA will host a special trainer/group exercise instructor Parkinson’s awareness training on Wednesday, December 3 starting at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all trainers and group exercise instructors in the area, regardless of affiliation.

To attend the training, email Rose Wichmann by Friday, November 28.

At the event, participants will achieve three objectives:
– Gain a basic understanding of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms and its impact on exercise.
– Gain an ability to demonstrate understanding of core components of an evidence-based exercise program for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
– Gain an awareness of special exercise considerations and precautions for the person with Parkinson’s Disease.

There are 1.5 million people in the US with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Current research shows significant benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s.  Many individuals with PD are told to exercise but may need further guidance from a trained fitness professional.  Understanding of the basic disease process and exercise implications will help in getting the best training results for the person with PD.

The purpose of this Parkinson’s Awareness training is for personal trainers and group fitness instructors to better understand Parkinson’s disease and the impact of symptoms on exercise to provide more optimal service for individuals living with the disease. This course is sponsored by an outreach grant provided to Struthers Parkinson’s Center by National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota.

Struthers Parkinson’s Center in Golden Valley is part of Park Nicollet Health Services and a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) Center of Excellence.  One of NPF Minnesota’s missions is to create Parkinson-Friendly communities to better address the needs of persons living with Parkinson’s disease.

Course instructor Maria Walde-Douglas is a physical therapist at Struthers Parkinson’s Center specializing in the care of persons with PD.  She has been in the field of Parkinson’s for 20+ years.  She also speaks at a local and national level and is a trained yoga instructor.  She leads a Yoga for Parkinson’s class. She is certified in LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s therapy and has gone through Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR) training as well.  These are evidence-based treatment models.  She is also certified in the RockSteady boxing method of training and teaches a weekly Boot Camp PD exercise class.


Monday, Dec. 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
Register here

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