Why Should People with Parkinson's Disease Exercise?

September 3, 2008

Fay Horak, Ph. D.
Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering.
A motor control neurophysiologist and physical therapist, Dr. Horak studies how the brain controls balance in the elderly and Parkinson patients. She is an internationally recognized expert on balance control who has been invited to give lectures throughout the world. Most recently, Dr. Horak and the OHSU Parkinson Center of Oregon have partnered to study the impact of exercise on patients with PD.

Dan Huntington
Parkinson's patient

Parkinson’s disease is often at the forefront of health news and breakthroughs in medical research. So what have we learned about this neurodegenerative disorder? We know Parkinson’s disease can take an emotional toll on families, and symptoms can be devastating, especially for those who once led active lives. But, what if these symptoms could be managed? Can exercise help Parkinson's patients? Dr. Fay Horak, Director of the Balance Disorders Laboratory at OHSU's Parkinson Center of Oregon, joins this webcast to focus on the benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s patients. If you or someone you know suffers with Parkinson's, join us, as we understand what exercise is doing for patients with this neurological condition.