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Exercise Program Designed To Delay Parkinson's Disease

Friday August 30, 2013

Denise Yost

NBC - Parkinson's Disease can be cruel diagnosis as a degenerative disease of the central nervous system.

Michael J. Fox has been open about his personal struggles with the disease. It comes with tremors, trouble walking, talking, and moving – even depression.

But patients are finding new hope in Columbus.

Kathy Cooper was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2004.

"I was having trouble getting in and out of the car, sitting down and getting back up, having trouble walking. All of these things just hit me all at once," said Cooper.

But she was ready to fight back.

"I was not going to lay down and take it. I was going to do something about it," Cooper said.

She tried Delay The Disease, an exercise program designed by David Zid at a gym near Grandview Heights.

"So when you come in here, there's this magic pill that we take called exercise," Zid said.

Research has shown that exercise helps patients with Parkinson's Disease delay or lessen some of the debilitating and cruel symptoms of the disease.

Zid said his program helps the brain relearn how to walk and move.

"Let's just say for a short gait, you see that stooped posture, practice with a longer stride and erect posture, and you get better at it, so the brain figures it out," Zid said.

He uses strength training to help with tremors, and while the program is not designed to replace medical treatment, it is giving many patients hope.

"We've had people get rid of their wheelchairs, walkers, canes," he said.

"At the rate I was going, I was gonna be in a wheelchair, and my husband is convinced I'd be dead," Cooper said.

The class is free for patients, and there is a fundraiser once a year to raise money for the class.
Zid sells books and DVDs for patients who want to exercise at home.

Yost, D. (30 Aug 2013). NBC. Exercise Program Designed to Delay Parkinson's Disease. www.nbc4i.com