Dance – A New Physical Therapy for People with Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and Debra Levy Eldercare Associates stands strong with the Parkinson’s disease community in bringing awareness to the disease and share a new innovative therapy – Dance!

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that sometimes results in stiff limbs, tremors and poor balance. For someone with PD, that means symptoms continue and worsen over time. According to the Parkinson ’s Disease Foundation, as many as one million people in the US have Parkinson’s disease. There is currently no cure, and the cause is unknown, but there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms.

Now the good news! Over the past 15 years or so, dance classes has been shown to help in easing the symptoms of PD. According to the founders of Dance for PD®, “classes allow people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.” The mission of Dance for PD is to provide dance classes with live music to enrich the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, friends, and caregivers in communities around the world through the building, maintaining, and training of a network of qualified dance professionals (www.DanceforParkinsons.org).

Dance is therapeutic and it’s a lot of fun too! It’s a community activity, and family members and care partners are welcome in the classes. Dance for PD classes are taught in 30 US states and 10 other countries!

Perhaps you have been living with Parkinson’s for years and are ready to try something new – start today and join a class and see how dance can help you! If you have a loved one or friend with PD or you are the primary caregiver for a family member or loved one living with PD you are not alone – let’s start the conversation – contact us to see how we can help!

We are pleased to share a few links to some Parkinson’s dance classes being offered in our area. Visit our Events Page for more details and other community events.

1) Dance for Parkinson’s at Iona Senior Services
2) Dance for PD at Washington DCJCC (Jewish Community Center)
3) Dance for Parkinson’s at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Residence
4) Dance for Parkinson’s Disease at Maryland Youth Ballet