May 5, 2014 | by Nancy Stohn | Nancy Stohn is lovingly referred to as our “Cultural Queen” at Parkinson’s Women Support for our group travel arrangements to art exhibits and heritage houses. Nancy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease two years ago, is a Pilates devotee and votes it as the exercise that helps her the most. DB

“I did not expect to be lucky enough to try the exercise devices at the The Exercise as Medicine talk by Dr. Becky Farley and Dr. Claire McLean at Veteran’s Senior Center in Redwood City hosted by Stanford APDA in cooperation with Parkinson’s Patients Support Groups (PPSG) and Kaiser Permanente/Redwood City. I had only gone in to say hi to Dr. Becky Farley and Claire McLean, since I had met them on a previous PWR! Retreat in Scottsdale. Suddenly, I was a volunteer!

Both Becky and Claire were focusing on our six volunteers as we went around to the 7 stations of different exercises. I felt special being at the focus of 4 PT people who were using the information and training that they had learned in the past 3 days of the workshop. They were very clear in the directions and they changed my positions when necessary with ease. They wanted me to understand why it was important to retrain the brain. The people in training were skilled in explaining the complicated exercises,” said Nancy.

“In an hour of allotted time, I learned that I wasn’t taking big enough steps. I also learned that counting, colors, and movement were hard for me to do, and that I must use the treadmill more to bring up my cardio rate. I will continue Pilates to strengthen my core and use my core when swinging a golf club and dancing Tango! It was wonderful to be in Becky and Claire’s teaching environment.”

About Parkinson’s Women Support
The  mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are either Parkinson’s Disease patients or caregivers. Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen

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