Parkinson’s Disease: Keep Moving!!


“Use it or lose it” is the most important message I can give about maintaining physical capacity. This is particularly true for frail patients. Many doctors don’t talk about physical activity enough. In some cases exercise has more value than pills and in most cases it is something that should be done in addition to medicines.

Last week I mentioned that the only thing that is known to slow the progression of Parkinson’s is exercise. Today I’d like to share some inspiring resources people can use to get in the exercise habit.

Nina Camacho’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. She became an expert in strength and balance therapies and authored a book: “Your Best Years”. Nina, who now resides on Oahu, continues to lead exercise groups and also provides one on one coaching. Nina shares her story with us by video and as you can see, she is able to provide virtual coaching as well. Her website is

Tommy has lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 12 years and has made a strong commitment to physical fitness. He’s done amazingly well and continues to live independently. We’re sharing a video of his daily routine.


Websites that provide support for Parkinson’s Disease

PWR! Parkinson Wellness Recovery

PWR! Parkinson Wellness Recovery is a website put together by occupational therapists.

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment

The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD is a treatment for speech disorders associated with Parkinson’s disease. LSVT BIG focuses on physical exercise.

Rock Steady Boxing

“Boxing” as a therapy has become highly acclaimed and inspirational

American Parkinson Disease Association

The American Parkinson Disease Association provides a wide variety of virtual fitness activities including yoga, dance, and Tai Chi.

In closing, let me also tell you about SPARK, the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, a book written by my friend and colleague, John J. Ratey, MD. I interviewed him recently and will be featuring him in an upcoming video about the scientific basis and mechanisms by which physical activity enhance the brain. Please subscribe to our newsletter and stay in touch.

With Aloha,

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PS. I’m here to support you. Be connected, stay strong.

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