My mother has Late Onset Parkinson’s Disease. She is 85.
Some times when I visit her she is struggling a bit to move around her apartment. Every Sunday morning we go for a walk in the park. We drive down to nearby park lands called Perry Lakes. This is large beautiful area with lots of trees and several lake areas situated right next to Bold Park (an A class reserve).
The air in Perry Lakes is always fresh and the bird life plentiful.
And there are outdoor exercise machines here too!
We take our time as we walk through the trees towards the several outdoor exercise gym machines. On those days we are nearly always overtaken by other people!
Two exercise machines are particularly good for mum.
This first one is the cross trainer walker machine and is a little like a ski walking machine.
It helps her coordinate her arm and leg movements and helps her to make large strides.
The second is an ab-hip swinger.
Mum often comments that she can feel this one loosening up her hips.
She finds them both easy to do and I can see how much more she is loosening up as she exercises on each machine.
The results of taking these exercises in the park are always apparent afterwards. When we return to the apartment her ability to move around the apartment has greatly improved. We often remark that it is not just the exercises but also the fresh air and the natural surrounding that re- invigorate her. It is noticeable to us that the effects are better than those when she exercise indoors.
For mum, the walks are easily worth 1000 or more Frequent Bio Points (this is subjective of course)! It may not cure her but it at least helps improves her condition.
White Cockatoos recorded at Perry Lakes
Thank you to the Rotary Club and the Town of Cambridge for supplying and maintaining this resource.
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What a beautiful story, I know this precious lady she has the best smile, she really lights up the room when she enters.
Freda is also know as the Rummikup Queen.
Lovely to read your comments Jenny. Thank you.
Hi John lovely to see mum do the exercises I know she looks forward to her time in this beautiful park and your company, /she is a wonderful person and I have lots of time for her
definatly fresh air does make a difference to ones health beautiful story John. Diana
How nice of you to say that. She is very lucky to have such kind people like you around. 🙂
Also isn’t wonderful that we have access free of charge to be able to use these parks
Yes indeed. Many thanks to kind organisations like rotary and thoughtful councils like Cambridge.
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