We all know that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. For individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) it is even more important to stay active, even though it is often difficult to exercise on a regular basis.  For people with PD, exercise is an essential component of the treatment plan, based on their individual needs and physical abilities. Medical and sometimes surgical treatments play an important role in PD but often do not fully address gait and balance issues. While exercise does not replace PD medications, it is an important component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities. At the Evening Out on June 27th Dr. Julia Johnson, movement disorder specialist at HealthPartners will be providing an update on the benefits and limitations of exercise as part of a treatment option for those living with PD.

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