Delaying Parkinson’s Disease

by Corrie Crittle, Therapy Manager
Southern Hills Skilled Nursing & Rehab

Have you or someone you now been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Have you been searching for a way to help you delay the onset of symptoms? Our Delay the Disease program may be just what you are looking for.

Parkinson’s is a progressive disease that affects the nervous system.  Symptoms include stiffness, tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness in movement, impaired posture and balance, cognitive decline, and gait problems.  Common interventions include medication, surgery, and/or supportive therapies, such as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Clinical studies have shown that exercise is among the best treatments available. Exercise helps to slow the progression of symptoms, provides better symptom management, improves quality of life and allows patients to live independently for longer periods of time. In fact, exercise is deemed to be as important as medications.

Delaying Parkinson's Disease

We offer a free class called Delay the Disease that may help to control the progression of the Parkinson’s Disease. The program was started by David Zid, a personal trainer in Columbus, Ohio. Our class is held once a week and offers instruction in various exercises, balance tasks, and cognitive challenges to help to delay the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Our therapists are certified in the Delay the disease program and help to motivate the participants to take an active role controlling the progression of their disease.

With over six years of experience teaching Delay the Disease classes, our in-house therapy staff would like to invite you to join us for our free weekly class with specific exercises that help fight the symptoms of the disease. If you or someone you know are interested in “delaying the disease” please contact Southern Hills Health and Rehab center of Middleburg Heights, Ohio at 440-816-7500. 

No enrollment – No equipment – No Experience Necessary! Just show up! Caregivers are encouraged to join in too!