What’s Working: Knocking out Parkinson’s Disease

What's Working

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WKRG) — In tonight’s What’s Working, a group of older adults is entering the boxing ring for the first time. Well, not the boxing ring exactly, but they are taking up boxing to help with their Parkinson’s Disease.

Pat Clay has started a class called, “Rock Steady Boxing Bay Minette,” at her gym called Just Fitness. It’s in Bay Minette, right around the corner from the courthouse.  It is an exercise class designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Typically Parkinson’s patients experience muscle weakness and rigidity. This class is designed to strengthen muscles and keep them moving.  

“When they are given their diagnosis, I want them to know there is hope for their disease. Rock Steady can decrease their symptoms,” Clay said.

Class participant, Jane Denmark, liked the idea of trying something new like boxing. She was diagnosed over ten years ago and said rigidity is her major problem.

“I was thrilled about doing something like boxing. That would be atypical for me,” Denmark said.

The class is geared toward people who have never tried boxing before.  Participant, James Smith, has been in the class for the past month. His wife says she’s already noticed a difference in the tremor in his hands.

“I think one of the things I’ve noticed is the steadiness in his hands when he eats,” Marion Smith said.

Pat Clay says she’s been amazed at the progress her class is making, and she feels proud that they are working so hard to combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

“It’s a lot more fun to tell your grandchildren,  ‘I am going to boxing, rather than I am going to therapy,'” Clay said.

The classes cost $85 per month. They are twice a week. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday. For additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Bay Minette, visit bayminette@rsbaffiliate.com. Additional information about Rock Steady Boxing Inc. and Parkinson’s disease is available at www.rocksteadyboxing.org.

There are also locations in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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