Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Programme
In partnership with Parkinson’s UK and RGU, Sport Aberdeen has developed a specially designed programme to support people with Parkinson’s Disease to be active and live well.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed at people living with a new diagnosis who may have mild/controlled symptoms and those living in the maintenance phase who are experiencing a gradual progression of symptoms, resulting in everyday activities becoming more challenging.
How will the programme work?
When we receive your referral from, a member of the team will contact you and will ask some questions to find out more about you. They will explain the programme to you and discuss the best exercise option for you.
If you have internet access and a suitable device, you will be invited to join a virtual exercise class once a week for 12-weeks. Each class will last approximately 1-hour and you will take part from the comfort of your own home.
There will be two exercise class options:
High Intensity: This class is suitable for those who are already active, are fit and have no balance issues or a history of falls. It’s ideal for anyone who has been recently diagnosed or those with mild / controlled symptoms.
Moderate/Low Intensity: This class is suitable for those who may be noticing daily tasks are becoming a bit more challenging and who may need to use support to maintain balance. Seated exercise options are available for those whose balance or fitness requires. Participants should have good cognition in order to follow online instructions and exercise independently.
What are the benefits
Exercise can be as important as your medication to help you take control and manage your symptoms. It has been shown to improve and reduce many of the physical and non-physical symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, examples include;
- Reduced levels of fatigue and depression
- Improved confidence and motivation
- Improved strength, balance, mobility and endurance
How do I know if this is right for me?
Answer these simple questions to find out if the programme is right for you:
- I can balance independently or with the use of a chair for support
- I can walk independently or with a walking aid for 50m or more
- I am on a stable medication regime
- I do not regularly experience sudden onset of freezing or have sudden unpredictable falls.
If you are living with Parkinson’s Disease and have answered YES to all of the questions above, then this programme is right for you. You can get involved by completing the short referral form below and a member of the team will get in touch with you.
Option 1: A health care professional can refer you into the programme using the referral form below.
Option 2: You can self-refer to the programme using the referral form below.
Alternatively, please contact us on 01224 047924 and a member of the team can take your referral details over the phone.