Punching Back at Parkinson's Disease

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posted by Ted Ryan on May 18, 2016

Rock Steady Boxing Parkinson's disease Seniors Home Care SHC

CBS Sunday Morning recently aired an inspiring segment about an unusual program helping people with Parkinson’s disease (included below this post). Rock Steady Boxing features boxing-based workouts to strengthen abilities that Parkinson’s disease attacks, such as agility, speed, endurance, coordination and strength.

The program has taken off and St. Louis recently joined the growing number of cities with a Rock Steady Boxing Affiliate.

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. Through boxing-inspired fitness routines, Rock Steady Boxing helps people with Parkinson’s disease fight back against the disease and enjoy a greater quality of life. 

Recent studies suggest that high intensity exercise, such as Rock Steady Boxing, may be effective in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Furthermore, people with any level of Parkinson’s disease can benefit from the Rock Steady Boxing program. Previous boxing experience is not required. Participants have ranged from men and women in their late 30s to early 90s.

Prior to enrollment, a Certified Personal Trainer assesses participants to tailor drills to their abilities. These same trainers lead each session.

St. Louis’ Rock Steady Affiliate takes place at the Chesterfield Athletic Club. You can learn more by visiting their website or contacting Carolyn McKee at 314-640-6578.

Seniors Home Care has helped many individuals with Parkinson’s disease continue to enjoy safe and independent lives. If you or a loved one would benefit from the compassionate, specialized care we provide, please contact us.

As always, contact your physician before starting a new exercise program. 


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  1. Ron


    May 19, 2016

    Amazing & inspiring!

  2. Seniors Home Care

    Seniors Home Care

    May 19, 2016

    @Ron: We agree, Ron! Ryan had the opportunity to visit one of St. Louis’ Rock Steady Boxing classes and said it was incredible!

  3. In Your Corner KC

    In Your Corner KC

    September 10, 2016

    Parkinson’s has become a serious health issue for the USA. More than 60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year in the US. It is more than a combined number of sufferers from many diseases. Thank you for letting people know about Parkinson’s disease.

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