(KUTV) - We’ve told you about the importance of exercise and this is especially true as we age. Experts say exercise helps older adults with confidence. This was the case for 82-year-old Mary Lou Gordon. She is taking control of her life here at the LiVe Well Center at Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George. It was just 3-years ago when Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. “I was having trouble walking, balance, talking, moving around,” said Gordon.
Mary stopped exercising and eventually, she stopped talking. “I wasn’t doing anything. I was sitting around. Everything I tried to do was really hard.” Mary saw a brochure for fitness classes for people with Parkinson’s. Determined to be active once again, she signed up. “We had to sing. We had to walk around. We had to get down on the floor and try to get back up.”
Teri Koenig, a health and fitness coach at the LiVe Well Center, says the program helps people like Mary regain their confidence. “You discover things about your body as you are moving again. A lot of people are going from being absolutely sedentary to being active again”
Confidence was all Mary needed. After graduating the Parkinson’s class, she decided to continue working with the trainers. They created a fitness prescription to help Mary improve her balance and her strength. “The first they say is exercise and if you don’t exercise you will wind up in a wheelchair in a nursing home. I am bound and determine that I am not going to.”
Classes at the LiVe Well Center cost about $8. For more information, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/dixie/services/live-well/Pages/home.aspx
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