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<br> <P>How gettin' down is helping out folks with Parkinsons Disease.<br></P>

UNCONTROLLABLE TREMORS, PROBLEMS WITH BALANCE AND SPEECH.
THEY'RE JUST A FEW OF THE ISSUES PARKINSON'S PATIENTS DEAL WITH EVERYDAY.
WHILE MEDICINE AND EXERCISE CAN HELP.
TONIGHT'S HEALTHCAST SHOWS US WHY THE CHA-CHA AND THE CHARLESTON MAY ALSO REDUCE SYMPTOMS.
DAVID AKINS AND HIS WIFE MARTI DANCE AT HOME FOR PLEASURE.
"We usually dance to a rock and roll record."
THEY DANCE HERE, FOR DAVID'S PARKINSON'S.
"More and more we're seeing neurologists and physicians referring people to these classes."
DAVID LEVENTHAL IS CO-FOUNDER OF DANCE FOR P-D. IT BEGAN AS A WAY FOR PARKINSON'S PATIENTS TO JUST HAVE FUN.
"Make them move bigger and more freely and more rhythmically, than they might in everyday life."
BUT PEOPLE LIKE KAY PERKINS FELT THEIR SYMPTOMS IMPROVING. "We find ourselves having opposing muscles fighting one another and this gives us an opportunity to walk like normal people and do normal things." WHILE NEUROLOGIST SHEILA BAEZ-TORRES SAYS NO ONE FULLY UNDERSTANDS WHY IT WORKS...
"We're highly recommending it."
STUDIES FROM THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH AND JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY...SUGGEST DANCING FOR PARKINSON'S CAN IMPROVE BALANCE AND WALKING...DOCTOR BAEZ-TORRES SAYS IT MIGHT ALSO HELP WITH COGNITIVE PROBLEMS.
"You have to learn the steps and match the steps you learn with rhythm."
DAVID SAYS THE CLASS IS IMPROVING HIS QUALITY OF LIFE.
TO SHOW OFF HIS MOVES AND SLOW DOWN HIS DISEASE.
"I could dance all night."
STUDIES SHOW DANCE MEETS MANY...IF NOT ALL THE RECOMMENDED COMPONENTS OF EXERCISE PROGRAMS DESIGNED FOR PARKINSON'S PATIENTS.
BUT...MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE TO FIGURE OUT THE LONG TERM EFFECTIVENESS OF DANCE THERAPY.
RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE ABOUT 60 DANCES FOR P-D PROGRAMS AROUND THE WORLD.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW TO BRING ONE TO YOUR COMMUNITY GO TO www.danceforparkinsons.org
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