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6/17/2016 Member News
McLaren Bay Region Offers “Parkinson’s Exercise & Movement” Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 17, 2016
CONTACT: Julie Kukla, (989) 894-3827
julie.kukla@mclaren.org

McLaren Bay Region Offers “Parkinson’s Exercise & Movement” Class

McLaren Bay Region’s Center for Rehabilitation is pleased to offer a comprehensive low-cost exercise class designed for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease. “Parkinson’s Exercise and Movement Class” is held each Wednesday from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic disorder of the brain that impairs a person’s ability to move. Parkinson’s causes damage to the part of the nervous system controlling movement, posture, and balance, resulting in stiffness, tremors, slowness, as well as difficulty with balance, walking and speaking. Exercise should be started as soon after diagnosis as possible. Inactivity results in muscle weakness and stiffness. Regular exercise helps to maintain quality of movement and muscle function.

The Parkinson’s Exercise and Movement Class consists of breathing exercises, stretching exercises, postural & balance exercises and proprioception exercises. The class is instructed by a specially-trained physical therapist assistant.

Participants must bring a signed physician’s approval before beginning the exercise program. A nominal fee of $2.00 per session is payable at each class.

Please call the Center for Rehabilitation at (989) 667-6600 to register for the class or visit our website at mclaren.org/bayregion for more information.

About McLaren Health Care:
McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, is a fully integrated health network committed to quality evidence-based patient care and cost efficiency. The McLaren system includes 12 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers, the state’s only proton therapy center, an employed primary care physician network, commercial and Medicaid HMOs covering more than 260,000 lives, home health and hospice providers, retail medical equipment showrooms, pharmacy services, and a wholly owned medical malpractice insurance company. McLaren operates Michigan’s largest network of cancer centers and providers, anchored by the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive centers in the U.S. McLaren has 21,000 employees and more than 25,000 network providers. Its operations are housed in more than 300 facilities serving a 54-county market and 75 percent of Michigan’s population. Learn more at www.mclaren.org.