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Davis Phinney Foundation Launches Exercise-Focused Tools to Help People Live Well With Parkinson's Disease
Date:10/19/2010

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Davis Phinney Foundation (http://www.davisphinneyfoundation.org), a non-profit foundation whose mission is to provide information and tools that help people to live well with Parkinson's disease, today announced the availability of a new exercise DVD: "Exercise and Parkinson's: Questions and Answers from the Experts." This DVD features a panel of movement disorder experts in the fields of physical therapy and exercise physiology who answer common questions about exercise and Parkinson's disease, discuss the research related to exercise and offer tips and tools designed to reinforce the importance of exercise as a core strategy for living well at all ages and stages of Parkinson's.

The new DVD is the latest effort by the Davis Phinney Foundation to identify and respond to unmet needs for information and tools within the Parkinson's community. Surveys conducted by the Foundation continue to demonstrate the communications gap between people with Parkinson's disease and their treatment providers concerning exercise. Among some of the findings:  while 81 percent of people with Parkinson's surveyed said they believed that exercise can slow disease progression, less than half (40 percent) reported discussing their exercise with their physician within six months of diagnosis, and almost one in five (19 percent) said they never discussed exercise with their physician. In those cases where exercise has been part of the discussion, patients leave with many unanswered questions regarding the types and frequency of exercise that will be most helpful for them.

"Exercise and Parkinson's: Questions and Answers from the Experts" features leading movement disorder experts in the field of physical therapy and exercise – Terry Ellis, PT, Ph.D., NCS, Boston University; Mark A. Hirsch, Ph.D., Carolinas Rehabilitation/Carolinas Medical Cente
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