Register for ‘Exercise 4 Brain Change’: A talk for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers

THE Malaysian Parkinson’s Disease Association (MPDA) and Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!), in collaboration with Aged Care Group, is organising a talk entitled “Exercise 4 Brain Change – Essentials for Individuals with Parkinson’s”.

The talk, conducted by neurologic clinical specialist Dr Claire McLean, will be held on Saturday, Jan 16, 2016, from 1-4pm at Dewan Ilmu, Petaling Jaya Community Library, Jalan Selangor, Petaling Jaya.

It will be an interactive session, with lots of information, videos and group activities, to showcase how brain health and learning is optimised through exercise, to better address the motor, cognitive and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Dr McLean conducts courses on self-efficacy and executive function training for patients with neurologic dysfunction. She also has programmes with LSVT Global, a company which advocates innovative and clinically-proven methods for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson’s in the United States.

She describes Exercise 4 Brain Change as a “framework based on research, on types of exercise that are most helpful for people with Parkinson’s. Each exercise has to be done in a certain way, to achieve improved brain health and neuroplasticity”.

According to her, “There are many barriers that prevent people with Parkinson’s from accessing exercise. For one, many people are not referred to physical therapy or exercise programmes until years after their diagnosis. Even when people are referred, there is a lack of well-trained and experienced physical therapists or fitness professionals. In most countries, access to therapy or exercise is on a limited basis so people are not able to exercise continuously.”

Dr McLean hopes that the participants will be motivated by the talk to start exercising or heighten their fitness programmes to the next level.

Exercise 4 Brain Change – Essentials for Individuals with Parkinson’s” is beneficial for people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, healthcare professionals, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Seats are limited. To register, contact MPDA at (013) 341-5418 or email mpda1234@gmail.com.

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