Dance can be a very therapeutic for people with Parkinson’s disease. As a form of exercise, it stretches, strengthens and relaxes muscles; it also exercises the brain in an effort to control movement. Dance requires conscious use of the senses; utilizing vision, hearing and touch makes moving easier for people with Parkinson’s. The music adds the dimension of rhythm, beat, melody and mood; it has the power to help people move. Above all, dancing is fun! It promotes well-being among Parkinson’s people at all levels, as well as care partners and family members.
“Dance may be an appropriate and effective strategy for improving functional mobility deficits in people who are living with brain disorders such as Parkinson’s, stroke and traumatic brain injuries,” said Dr. James Young, chairman of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Rush University Medical Center.
Dance classes for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners can be found throughout the county. If you are looking for a class in San Diego, contact the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego for information on classes coming in 2011. (877) 737-7576