When first diagnosed with Parkison’s disease, Kent’s symptoms were relatively mild. He even initially referred to his diagnosis as a “minor inconvenience.” Two decades went by with few challenges, then almost overnight, his strength gave way. He started having issues with falling down and not being able to get back up.
As these challenges worsened, Kent began to search for a senior living community that had the care he needed. During that search, he discovered the program that would later change his life.
A Community That Cares
“One day during physical therapy, the therapist said that she had seen an advertisement for a boxing program that seemed to show some promise for Parkinson's patients,” said Kent. That was the first he had heard of Rock Steady Boxing, a fitness program specifically geared toward fighting back against Parkinson's.
“We were always looking for something that would kind of strengthen my body and the legs in particular. And this boxing looked like it might be a good solution to that problem,” said Kent.
This made moving into The Inn on Westport, a community managed by The Goodman Group, an easy decision. The community has a boxing gym on-site and offers Rock Steady Boxing classes to interested residents.
“We came here about a year and a half ago. And I've been boxing the whole time that I've been here,” said Kent.
Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s
Having limited mobility presented everyday challenges for Kent; things like getting dressed and even walking were problematic. He also experienced difficulty with penmanship. Since joining Rock Steady Boxing, however, he’s experienced notable progress on every level. “I actually kind of thought I might be cured!” Kent smiled. “I have experienced great improvements since I came here.”
Though there is no cure for Parkinson’s today, Rock Steady Boxing has been proven to improve range of motion, flexibility, posture, gait and activities of daily living – all challenges associated with Parkinson’s. It also can slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms.
“I think primarily it's made me stronger in my upper and lower body and core area. And secondly, it's made me emotionally better,” said Kent.
Between his coach, Lisa, the cornermen at the gym, and his fellow boxers, Kent says the camaraderie of the program has been one of the greatest benefits.
Rock Steady For You
Because symptoms of Parkison’s disease range in severity, there are different levels of Rock Steady Boxing classes: level one, for instance, would be a good fit for someone who has been newly diagnosed, very active, or has minimal symptoms. Whereas, a level four class is tailored for more advanced symptoms. Regardless of which class you’re in, all activities are tailored specifically to fight back against Parkison’s.
Rock Steady Boxing has grown to over 400 affiliates worldwide. At The Goodman Group, we’re excited to have added the program to several of our managed communities.