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Northwestern Medicine Helps Parkinsonís Patients Fight Back
January 6, 2014  | 

CHICAGO, Il – Sometimes a left hook is just what the doctor ordered.  

Paula Weiner, for one, is looking forward to finding out. The Chicago resident was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease three years ago when she noticed a tremor in her hand that wouldn’t go away. Since that day Weiner has been more active than ever, taking art classes and becoming a Tai Chi coach. Every Monday she takes a bus down Lake Shore Drive to lead her class.

“It’s all about staying active,” said Weiner, who is 78 years old. “I’ve done water aerobics and I’ll try boxing. Sitting around doing nothing may be easier, but it’s certainly not going to help me in the long run.”

Weiner is part of a Northwestern Medicine® Parkinson’s disease support group that will host a special boxing class for those with the disease and their caregivers at 1p.m. on Jan. 7. The class will be led by Rock Steady Boxing instructors who are specially trained to teach boxing drills and routines to people living with Parkinson’s disease.  

Between 30 and 40 people are expected to attend the class, said Pamela Palmentera, coordinator and clinical social worker for the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center.

“Every day we are learning about new ways people living with Parkinson’s can enhance their quality of life,” Palmentera said. “It turns out boxing is one of those perfect workouts for both the mind and body. These classes have proven that anyone, at any level of Parkinson’s, can actually lessen their symptoms and lead a healthier and happier life.” Continue>

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