Jefferson School Students Help Parkinson's Patients Stay Fit
Posted: Feb 14, 2018 10:49 PM
By Timothy Parker
(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) - Today students from the Jefferson School joined the patients at Rise fitness center in Rehoboth Beach, helping them through the exercises.
"It's amazing that kids are getting involved. When I was their age, I never even heard of Parkinson's," said Bill Smith, a Parkinson's patient from Lewes.
"For us, interacting with them it helps us grow, it helps interact with people we wouldn't normally be interacting with and I think it's the same for them," one student said.
The Parkinson's Support Group of Sussex County holds workouts every day with Rise, helping with balance and more, it's critical to their general well being.
"They can go take care of themselves through their diet and their medication. But it's only through exercise, the actual symptoms go away," said Amanda Peters of Rise.
Some of the exercises help Parkinson's patients who struggle to get out of bed in the morning but it also helps lift their spirits.
"It certainly helps them feel very important and that people are aware of it," said Marge Fleming-Smith.
"You don't feel like you're different from everybody else. You just feel like you are being a normal person," said Bill Smith.
The Parkinson's Education and Support Group of Sussex County holds exercise classes Monday through Saturday, at either Elk's Lodge or Rise fitness facility.