St. Rose therapist offers advice at next Parkinsons meeting

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Centers St. Dominic Room. It is free and open to Parkinsons patients and their caregivers, as well as anyone else interested in learning more about the disease.

We will focus on how simple exercises can make a big difference in everyday life, said Alesia Schneweis, St. Rose doctorate-level physical therapist who will lead the meeting. One example is the big, flowing movements of Tai Chi, which can also be used to calm the body and give the mind a break from those everyday worries.

We will also talk a little about dancing and its many benefits, she added. Participants will learn that exercise does not have to be boring or traditional. We can share some alternatives and remind patients that exercise is essential.

Schneweis also noted the exercises are fun. We understand that people need new ideas that will encourage them to get up and get moving, she said. This is crucial for those with Parkinsons.

St. Rose is part of Centura Health, which connects individuals and families across western Kansas and Colorado with more than 6,000 physicians, 15 hospitals, seven senior-living communities, physician practices and clinics, and home-care and hospice services.