News ArchivesRead News
Dance program helps slow Parkinson’s symptoms
Thursday December 13, 2012
There’s something about the live music and trust that seems to help
Edmonds Beacon - Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the brain that disables those affected. Its characteristics include slowness of movement, shaking, stiffness and loss of balance.
But a program held every Thursday at the Edmonds Senior Center seems to help those afflicted with Parkinson’s.
The program involves dancing as a way to keep muscles moving and prevent stiffness. It features live piano music by Julan Chu and occasionally singing accompaniment by Joyce Allison.
Instructor Deborah Magallanes started the class at the Senior Center about four years ago with Nola Beeler, who suffers from Parkinson’s.
She has taught movement and dance for 20 years, and teaches “Dance for PD” classes in Port Angeles and Vashon Island, too.
The class is also a support group of sorts, allowing members to interact with others who suffer from the same disease.
“We have parties every chance we get,” Magallanes said.
Beeler said it helps with coordination, and she feels it’s helped her balance as well.
“It also gives optimism,” she said. “And I’ve always loved dancing.”
But those attending the class aren’t there for just the socializing.
“There’s something about the live music and trust that seems to help,” Magallanes said.
There’s plenty of interest; they often get 15-20 people at a class.
Judy Watson, who has been attending for about three years, feels the class helps with balance and stretching of the limbs.
“It’s very relaxing,” she said. “But also mentally challenging when we’re learning new dance movements or a series of steps.”
Peter Beidler has been taking the class for almost four years.
“It helps with my balance; it does a lot of good,” he said. “If I keep moving, I won’t stop.”
Beidler, who said he just likes music, gave a lot of credit to the “support group” atmosphere.
“This is an isolating disease,” he said. “The nature of it keeps you away from others. This helps.”
If you are interested in learning more about the group, contact Deborah Magallanes at 206-550-4908 or WudangMtn@gmail.com or call the Edmonds Senior Center at 425-774-5555.
Recent NewsJul 7 - Parkinson’s Patients Have a Higher Risk of Developing Melanoma — and Vice Versa, Study Finds
Jun 27 - The rogue protein behind Parkinson’s disease may also protect your gut
Jun 26 - Do Statins Increase Risk of Parkinson’s Disease? Some Researchers Think So
Jun 22 - A Confused Immune System Could Be Behind Parkinson's Disease
Jun 21 - Predicting cognitive deficits in people with Parkinson’s disease
Jun 20 - Gym offers classes in noncontact boxing for Parkinson’s patients
Jun 19 - Human Limitations Could Prevent Us From Advancing in Science. AI Could Help.
Jun 13 - Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's
Jun 12 - Smell Test May Sniff Out Oncoming Parkinson's and Alzheimer's
Jun 8 - Smartphones Track Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease
Jun 8 - GKC Enrolls First Patient in Personal KinetiGraph Trial as Part of NPF’s Parkinson’s Outcomes Project
Jun 8 - Low-fat dairy intake may raise Parkinson's risk
Jun 6 - Patient Voices: Parkinson's Disease
Jun 1 - World-First Trials Have Been Launched to Treat Parkinson's And Blindness With Embryonic Stem Cells
Jun 1 - LIFE Shared This Remarkable Parkinson's Disease Story in 1959.
May 24 - Survival Rates Differ Widely in Parkinson's, MSA, Lewy Bodies
May 22 - Discovery may offer hope to Parkinson's disease patients
May 15 - Study offers answers on life expectancy for people with Parkinson's disease, Lewy body dementia
May 5 - Parkinson's in a dish: Researchers reproduce brain oscillations
May 5 - ‘Hunger Hormone’ Could Help Treat Parkinson’s Disease