Parkinson’s patients improve mobility through exercise and dance

by Rachel Baker on October 29, 2013

Wonderful story about the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, New York helping Parkinson Patients maintain their quality of life.

At the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, some patients with Parkinson’s disease are finding relief from their debilitating symptoms and maintaining their quality of life — by dancing.

“This class gives people a chance to think of themselves as dancers rather than as patients,” said David Leventhal, who has been teaching dance classes for Parkinson’s patients for 11 years.

Parkinson’s is a chronic movement disorder that worsens over time and is often characterized by tremors, slow movements, stiff limbs and impaired balance. The disease affects as many as 1 million Americans, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

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