Exercise benefits the physical and psychological well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease. Because Parkinson's disease affects a person's ability to move, exercise helps to keep muscles strong and can improve flexibility and mobility.

Research shows that exercise in neuroprotective and is the only thing that slows disease progression. Additionally, exercise improves balance, range of motion, and gait problems and specific types of exercise can strengthen the muscles that aid in swallowing and speaking. Exercise can prevent some of the secondary long-term complications of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffening of the joints, muscle stiffness and constipation. HAPS exercise classes provide an environment for individuals to participate in safe, appropriate exercises with added benefits of building social connections with others.

To find an exercise group near you, contact Angelica Rodriguez at 713-313-1652.