APDA American Parkinson Disease Association
Information & Referral Center

Exercise - what, where, and why?

Studies show that exercise can be very helpful to those with Parkinson's Disease. A common question at support group meetings is "what exercise is best?" Most movement disorder specialists say that the best exercise is one that is safe and that the participant enjoys (as it improves the chances that you'll do it every day).

Living in Northern or Central California? Here's a list of exercise classes available, with an emphasis on classes for those with PD. If you don't see anything listed near you, check with your local senior center for classes designed for seniors or those with disabilities. See our separate list of fall prevention programs.

Want to exercise in the privacy of your home? See this list of some of our favorite PD-specific exercise videos.

Great national resource! Several years ago, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) launched the APDA National Resource Center for Rehabilitation at Boston University. The center offers a tollfree “exercise helpline” where callers can speak with a licensed physical therapist. Available Monday to Friday, 9am-3pm (Boston time) at 888-606-1688 or rehab@bu.edu.

If you are interested in the science behind exercise in PD, check out this list of the best medical research on the management of PD symptoms through exercise.

This page was created in late 2012 by Robin Riddle with Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach.

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