Delay the Disease is designed to empower those living with Parkinson’s disease by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms. Developed by David Zid, BA, ACE, APG, and Jackie Russel, RN, BSN, CNOR, the national wellness program offers free fitness classes to Parkinson’s patients, paid services such as one-on-one training specific to the participant’s symptoms and educational instruction available in book and DVD format.

An evidence-based fitness program for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The community-based wellness program is an important part of OhioHealth’s care continuum of neurologists and expert therapists working together to address the impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease.

Classes will progress on a 12-week program that will target the reduction and regression of symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease such as freezing, micrographia (small hand writing), tremors and soft tone of voice.

Physicians clearance is required before entering the program. Financial Assistance is available.

How you can benefit from Delay the Disease™

The Parkinson’s-specific exercises are designed to retrain the mind and body. The exercises have been shown effective, with many participants reporting a regained ability to successfully manage the disease, improve their quality of life and take back control over their own body movements.

Fitness plans are adapted to all levels of disease, valuable to newly diagnosed and progressed states alike. The result is an evidenced-based program focused on symptom-specific exercises targeting:

  • Balance
  • Bradykinesia (slowing of all movements)
  • Facial freezing
  • Initiation of movement
  • Posture
  • Rigidity (stiffness)
  • Speech
  • Strength
  • Walking difficulties

Delay the Disease™ targets daily functional challenges such as rising from a chair, getting out of the car, moving about in big crowds, dressing and getting off the floor

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