The 8 week program has been developed by the hospital’s Allied Health team, who rehabilitate patients with a wide variety of physical and mental health conditions. Allied Health Manager Lisa Innes, says the program will help people who suffer with Parkinson’s Disease to increase their quality of life. “Many people who are diagnosed with Ideopathic Parkinson’s Disease are unaware that there are steps they can take to minimise the impact the disease has on their life.
“The Parkinson’s Optimisation Program is based on the latest evidence in treating people with Parkinson’s Disease. Through education and exercise, the program assists people living with stage one, two or three Idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease to improve their quality of life, to reduce the risk of future injury and to maintain an independent lifestyle. The program also provides a great social outlet with a group of like minded, motivated individuals.”
In addition to a pre and post program assessment, patients will attend three sessions per week over the 8 weeks to learn essential skills for managing PD. Patients will complete PD specific exercises at a high enough intensity to elicit positive changes and receive input from Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and other multidisciplinary team members.
To attend the 8 week program, ask your GP for a referral to the Parkinson’s Optimisation Program at Toronto Private Hospital. For more information call (02) 4956 0104.