Parkinson’s Disease Research Articles

The Benefits of Exercise for People with Parkinson’s

Retrain Your Brain with Exercise
Did you know that your brain is plastic? The brain can change at any age; it can remodel, rewire, and adapt to trauma or a disease process, like Parkinson’s disease (PD). In our Delay the Disease group classes, we practice a pattern of core work, cardio intervals, and Parkinson’s specific “brain work” exercises that enhances the process of brain reorganization and repair.

Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study using a delayed start design.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Increasing evidence shows that physical exercise is beneficial for motor and non-motor symptoms of PD, and animal models suggest that it may help slow progression of disease.

Aging Well, September/October 2009 Vol. 2 No. 4 P. 24
“Delaying Parkinson’s Disease” by Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR – In this article, Jackie presents the research that supports the positive effects of a Parkinson’s – Specific Fitness Plan in delaying the symptoms and enhancing the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Aging Well magazine online
“Exercise Combats Effects of Parkinson’s Disease” by Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR - This article tells the success story of Kathy Cooper, whose life was changed by David Zid and Jackie Russell’s Parkinson’s - Specific Exercise Plan

EPNN Journal – European Parkinson’s Nurses Network quarterly publication, Summer 2008
“Exercise: The Positive Effects” – article authored by Jackie Russell, RN discussing the advantages of exercise for people with Parkinson’s with a detailed description of Delay the Disease contents. Circulation includes medical personnel in Europe, Asia, Africa and America. Also featured on website, referenced under PD resource books

Parkinson Report – Official Journal of the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Spring 2008
“Readings of Interest” – Highlight of Delay the Disease with short book review.

Link – St. Louis APDA monthly publication, May 2008
“Library Highlights - Delay the Disease” – formal book review of Delay the Disease.

Southwest Parkinson News - Winter 2008 – quarterly publication of Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, NPF Center of Excellence
“Book Review: Delay the Disease – Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease” – detailed review of both book and DVD, with statement of availability to purchase at Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

The Lamp – Riverside Methodist Hospital Monthly News, July 2007
Reference to staff nurse, Jackie Russell, and her editorial work regarding publication of Delay the Disease with a description of the book.

Worthington News – June 6, 2007
“Book suggests exercise to ease symptoms of Parkinson’s" – Delay the Disease book review based on interview with Jackie Russell, RN project editor of Delay the Disease.

The Columbus Dispatch – Sunday January 21, 2007
“Serious Play – Exercise found to help people with Parkinson’s disease” – Life section cover story detailing weekly exercise class led by David Zid.

Today’s Caregiver magazine – November-December 2006
“Wake Up and Fight Parkinson’s with Exercise” – article authored by Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR (project editor of Delay the Disease). Description of relationship between Parkinson’s disease and symptomatic improvement with exercise in reference to soon to be published Parkinson’s-specific exercise plan.