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Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Members get moving to support Parkinson’s Foundation

You’re invited to join the members of the Parkinson’s support group at Ingleside at King Farm for the annual Parkinson’s walk at 10 a.m. Oct. 22.

The walk around the pond raises money for the Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area and will be used to support programs that help make the lives of people with Parkinson’s richer while helping them deal with the disease.

Participant and spectators meet at 10 a.m. to enjoy coffee and refreshments, then do seated warm-up exercises to music.

A representative from the Parkinson’s Foundation will be present to say a few words, says King Farm member Nancy, who heads the King Farm support group and works with other volunteers to organize the walk.

“We do a couple of laps, depending upon people’s ability,” Nancy says.

About 80 to 100 people participate annually, and last year, the walk raised about $2,300 for the Parkinson’s Foundation. Nancy hopes that both numbers grow this year. People of all levels of ability with symptoms ranging from the early stages of Parkinson’s to very severe, are encouraged to participate. Those who have difficulty walking can use wheelchairs.

“We’re hoping that we have some new people in the group this year, and some original people too,” Nancy says.

The walk not only raises funds but also sets an example that demonstrates the value of exercise for people with Parkinson’s, as well as all older people.

“It’s been proven that exercise helps people with things like walking and writing,” Nancy says. “We talk about the Big E (exercise) a lot, and we encourage people to use the NuStep bikes we have in our Fitness Center.” This exercise equipment is a recumbent bike that has arm handles that engage users’ arms as well as their legs. They have proven very beneficial for Parkinson’s.

Nancy, whose husband had Parkinson’s founded and has led the King Farm support group for the past five years. She found that people with Parkinson’s also benefit greatly from sharing information about managing their symptoms. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 3 p.m.

There is no entry fee for the Parkinson’s Walk, but the support group is asking participants, families and supporters to make donations for the Parkinson’s Foundation. Donors do not have to be present at the event to make a contribution. If you’d like to donate, please visit pfnca.org and click on the donate button. You can specify that your donation goes to support the King Farm Parkinson’s Walk or dedicate your contribution in honor or memory of a person of your choice. Please note that this walk is different from the Walk off Parkinson’s event, which was sponsored last month by the Parkinson’s Foundation.

The Parkinson’s Walk is one of the many ways in which Ingleside at King Farm members connect with and support each other and contribute to the wider community. It reflects the King Farm dedication, shared by members and staff alike, to providing the tools and encouragement so that everyone can continue to lead active, engaged lives.

If you’d like to learn more about Ingleside at King Farm, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, please call 240-205-7085.

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