North Florida Parkinson Awareness Choir
One of the most frustrating symptoms of Parkinson’s is the reduction in volume and quality of people’s voices. Fortunately, there is a joyful activity that can help improve these problems. Members of The North Florida Parkinson’s Awareness Choir learn to strengthen their voices under the direction of a certified Music Therapist. The methods of the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy Program employed at every rehearsal assure that members’ voices will improve in volume and clarity much to the delight of friends and family. The FSU Music Therapist also assists in preparation of performance packages and schedules dates for the choir to entertain at residential and adult day care facilities. Though Parkinson’s often robs us of facial expression or ability to smile, audiences can clearly hear our smiles when we sing. Through our voices, we can share our continued joy of life and hope for a bright future. (See Support Groups)
Most people these days know exactly what you are talking about, when you mention the Wii. For those that don’t, after reading this little snip-it, you will hopefully have an idea of what it can do for you. The Wii is basically a game or a TV addition with a multitude of offerings, especially for PD patients.
I would pare it down to two words. Fun and Exercise. There is no part of your body that would not be improved by just playing the games the Wii offers. This of course, includes the brain, which is especially important to PD patients. Fascinating applications of the Wii fit include yoga, regular exercises, running, walking, step, balance, golf, tennis, baseball, bowling, boxing and even more! All can be experienced and enjoyed by Parkinson patients.
We know that Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease that can be slowed by exercise. That is a proven fact. How about jumping on this wagon, (the Wii!), getting some exercise and having fun while doing it? I will be glad to assist anyone who needs help setting up the Wii or who wants some coaching in your adventure! I have given several demonstrations at the Senior Center and was well received.
Call me! 850-385-8186 Thanks for listening! Randy McCoy.
Premier Health Club
NPFNorth Florida has an established discount program benefit for members of our organization with Premier Health Club, 3521 Maclay Blvd, Tallahassee. Parkinson patients and their caregivers find various methods of exercise and relaxation to help them combat stress, apathy and overall encouragement to move.
Get ready to get MOVING!
Moving Day Tallahassee, FL Walk May 18, 2013!