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Patients with Parkinson's delaying the disease with exercise

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - They've only had about a half a dozen classes, but already Nadine Wiand of Austintown has been labeled the class role model.  After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease nearly three years, she's done everything she can to stay informed, committing herself to exercise, determined to delay the disease.

"Knowledge is empowering and this exercise is wonderful because exercise slows the progression," said Nadine Wiand of Austintown.

For the last month and a half, Nadine has been participating in the weekly Delay the Disease fitness program at Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation.  The class was developed by personal trainer, David Zid of Columbus, who made a special stop in the Valley today the teach his program, which is geared specifically to Parkinson's patients and on improving things like physical strength, mobility and vocal and facial expression.

"We know that we can manage the disease with exercise and what I've seen is I've seen people slow it down, stop it and even reverse it," said David Zid with Delay the Disease.

Outcomes, John Hovanic, the man responsible for bringing Delay the Disease to the Valley, is already witnessing.

"One gentleman that I've really grown attached to when he first came into the class he came in pushing a walker.  Three weeks later he came in using a cane.  Today, he walked in with nothing," said John Hovanic with Pembrooke Place Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Delay the Disease takes place every Thursday at 1:00pm at Pembrooke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown.  The class is free and open to anyone who has received a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis.

 

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