Monthly Archives: November 2016

The benefits of Tai Chi

It isn’t every day that an effective new treatment for some Parkinson’s disease symptoms comes along. Especially one that is safe, causes no adverse side effects, and may also benefit the rest of the body and the mind. That’s why I read with excitement and interest a report in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that tai chi may improve balance and prevent falls among people with Parkinson’s disease. Tai chi improves balance and motor control in Parkinson’s disease


Oregon Research Institute Tai Chi Program helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients

An Oregon Research Institute (ORI) exercise study conducted in four Oregon cities has shown significant benefits for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease. In an original article published in the February 9, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM), ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. and colleagues report that a tailored program of twice-weekly Tai Chi training resulted in improved postural stability and walking ability, and reduced falls in the participants.

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November 10, 2016 – Meeting agenda and minutes

November 10, 2016 7:00-900 p.m.

Program: Tips from Physical and Occupational Therapists provided by Noto Physical Therapy. Refreshments: Susan Thomas.

Agenda for Business meeting at 8:00:

Discussion of December  elections, current email addresses, Holiday Party. Dues of $15 (per couple/individual) are due. The dollars go to programs / picnics / parties / and literature. Please pay to Sylvia, our Treasurer, at the November meeting.

Notes and minutes from the meeting 

LSVT Loud and LSVT Big – voice and movement treatments

Recent advances in neuroscience have suggested that exercise-based behavioral treatments may improve function and possibly slow progression of motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Programs for individuals with PD have been developed and researched over the past 20 years beginning with a focus on the speech motor system (LSVT LOUD) and more recently have been extended to address limb motor systems (LSVT BIG).


Breaking News: New Dyskinesia Drug Submitted to FDA

A new drug for levodopa-induced dyskinesia — involuntary, uncontrolled movements that can develop with long-term use of levodopa combined with a prolonged course of Parkinson’s disease (PD) — is one step closer to potentially reaching market.

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