Lutheran Life Villages celebrates its fifth year fighting back against Parkinson's disease with Rock Steady Boxing.
This unique, non-contact exercise program has helped more than 140 area residents enjoy a better quality of life.
It's called Rock Steady Boxing, but the only punches it lands are against Parkinson's disease - the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer's disease.
In 2014, Lutheran Life Villages, a senior living and care provider, became the first in Northeast Indiana to offer this innovative boxing-inspired regimen, which has been shown to help reduce and even delay the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Today, Lutheran Life Villages' Rock Steady Boxing program has grown from a spare room, eight "boxers" and one part-time coach to over 60 active participants, four coaches and a fully equipped gym.
Rock Steady Boxing is non-competitive and non-contact, but it draws on the same drills used to train boxers. The exercises are designed to extend the capabilities of each participant in areas such as agility, speed, muscular endurance, hand-eye coordination, footwork and overall strength.
Parkinson's disease is a degenerative movement disorder, which can cause deterioration of motor skills, balance, speech and sensory function. It chiefly affects middle-aged and elderly people. The Parkinson's Disease Foundation estimates there are more than 1 million people in the United States living with Parkinson's disease, and more than 60,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Take a deeper look at this amazing program in this video!