PD Research

Pilot Study on Benefits of Exercise for Parkinson’s Patients

The Parkinson’s Boot Camp™ dovetails with a current clinical study on the benefits of exercise for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dr. Walter and Martha Sajatovic, MD, Director, Neurological Outcomes Center; Willard W. Brown Chair in Neurological Outcomes; and Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, are evaluating the impact of a structured progressive exercise program paired with peer support and targeted psycho-education on mood, cognition and mobility in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

People diagnosed with this disease experience a change over time in both their memory and mood, which often leads to depression. The EXCEED (Enhanced EXerCisE ThErapy for Patients with PD) trial is a pilot study that is assessing the feasibility and acceptability of this blended intervention, using the Stroop test to evaluate key areas of performance at designated periods throughout the study. This study of motivation and behavior change is expected to confirm the benefit of these interventions, further substantiating the basis of the Parkinson’s Boot Camp.

To donate money in support of Parkinson's research at University Hospitals, please visit the Parkinson’s Disease Research page.

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