Parkinson's disease "Big & Loud" group sessions have begun in Cedaredge.
Sessions include participants standing big and tall with head above the shoulders, walking with big long strides and exercises for better balance and posture.
Speech exercises work with voice projection, face muscles and vocal cords emphasizing enunciation.
Singing is a voice exercise. Singing familiar songs such as "Home on the Range," "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "God Bless America" helps strengthen vocal cords. Singing "Ja-Da" with motions is included for coordination. It's not necessary to have a good singing voice to participate. Vernette Mackley provides piano music to accompany the singers. Social interaction in the friendly, relaxed environment is encouraged.
Midge Hagen's husband has Parkinson's. Looking for help for him, they attended 16 sessions in Phoenix, Ariz., and she observed and learned the exercises and techniques used. These were so beneficial for her husband she was determined to start a similar group in our area.
Hagen conducts a two-hour session once a week for a group calling themselves the Surface Creek Tremble Clefs. Parkinson's patients and their caregivers are welcome every Monday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 at the Cedaredge Community Methodist Church located at 210 NW 3rd Street.
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