PD Fitness Websites
The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is unique in the Parkinson’s community. Our mission to help people living with Parkinson’s to live well today makes us so.
We are committed to supporting programs and research that deliver inspiration, information and tools that will enable people living with Parkinson’s to take more control in managing their disease.
The Davis Phinney Foundation was founded in 2004 by Olympic medalist and cycling great, Davis Phinney, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000 at the age of 40. Today, Davis is both a role model in the cycling community and an inspiration to the estimated 1.5 million Americans and estimated 10 million worldwide who are currently living with the disease.
Get your free Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials Video from our website.
More than an “exercise along” video, this program goes one step further and provides a road map that will teach you how to safely progress exercise activities over a period of years in order to help you stay motivated and derive the greatest benefit from your workouts.
The Brian Grant Foundation works with exercise experts, including our partners at the Oregon Health & Science University, to develop programs that help people with Parkinson’s perform to the best of their abilities and achieve a positive effect on their symptoms. Because of the increasing evidence that shows the importance of exercise for people with Parkinson’s, BGF is providing an online exercise program to support anyone in need, no matter their financial or geographic limitations.
Conventional expectations are that almost everyone with Parkinson’s disease eventually will become severely disabled and many people with Parkinson’s disease will become totally incapacitated.
In contrast to conventional expectations, I believe that a combination of good medical management and a good exercise program can enable many people with Parkinson’s disease to function at a much higher level than previously expected, and to function at a high level for many years longer than previously expected.
When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1997, I was afraid of what Parkinson’s disease might do to me, partly because of my previous experiences as a doctor but mostly because it seemed every expert had dismal expectations.
Since 1997, I have learned to challenge conventional expectations about what Parkinson’s disease is supposed to do to me. Experts tell us that we are supposed to accept that we have the disease, but we also should recognize that too much acceptance can be unhealthy. The problem is that when we accept conventional expectations that we eventually will become severely disabled, we tend to give in to despair, isolate ourselves from families and friends, and become less active, then our physical condition deteriorates because of decreased activity. Thus, the conventional dismal expectations tend to become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
To fight Parkinson’s disease, I try to find a healthy balance between acceptance and denial. I accept that I have the disease and I try to deny the expectation that I am doomed to eventually become severely disabled.
This website includes a few videos showing benefits that I have gained from exercise. For more videos, go to my YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/davidhblattmd
I lead exercise classes in Corvallis, Oregon for people with Parkinson’s disease at Timberhill Athletic Club, 2855 NW 29th St, Corvallis, OR 97330. If you want to participate in our classes, call 541-758-8464 to schedule an appointment