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Nouveau launches new exercise programme in partnership with Parkinson's UK

Nouveau launches new exercise programme in partnership with Parkinson's UK

Earlier this year we formed a fantastic partnership with Parkinson’s UK and as a result launched our first class designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease in July. The exercise class takes place every Tuesday morning 11:00am-12:00pm at St Pauls Centre, Spennymoor, and with support from the Big Lottery Fund the class has no cost to the participants.

Each of the participants have Parkinson’s Disease although some a lot more affecting than others, a wide range of abilities gather together to take part in exercises tailored exactly to their needs. We cater for participants in wheelchairs, with walkers or with good mobility all in the one session.

One in 500 people are affected with Parkinson’s Disease, approximately 127,000 in the UK alone. People with Parkinson's don't have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson's to appear.

Main Symptoms of Parkinson’s includes:
• Tremors (shaking)
• Slowness of moving
• Rigidity (stiffness)

By attending the exercise class weekly the participants have reported that they find it a great way to keep active and beneficial to their social interests. The majority of participants have also reported improved mobility. The programme is set to run for 24 weeks and after only 10 weeks in we are very confident the participants are going to benefit greatly from their exercise class.

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