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       Many people in Oxfordshire live with a long-term condition: A disease or diagnosis which is managed and treated by medication or other therapies but is not going to be cured. Examples are Diabetes, Hypertension, Parkinson’s Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis, Heart Disease and Dementia
  Getting active with a long-term condition
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Age UK Oxfordshire exercise classes
Whilst we know that physical activity and exercise is good for everybody’s health, evidence suggests that targeted exercises could be beneficial for each particular condition.
For diabetes and hypertension, regular brisk walking is as helpful to treating the condition as medication. For people with mild to mid stage Parkinson’s disease, large dynamic and vigorous movements seems to encourage better mind to muscle links and make movement easier.
Continuous low level aerobic exercise is helpful for people with lung conditions and for people with MS gentle flexibility and hydrotherapy can be beneficial. For people living with osteoporosis, strength exercises are particularly useful. When muscles work hard against a resistance they have to pull on the attached bones which makes them stronger.
With this evidence in mind, Age UK Oxfordshire provide a range of exercise classes, which we hope can be useful to people living with some of these long­term conditions. We know, that some people like to exercise with people like themselves and use these classes as a way of supporting one another.
Parkinson's Oxford branch and Age UK Oxfordshire are working in close collaboration to provide targeted exercise classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease across Oxfordshire.
With over 127,000 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s1 makes it the second most common neurological disorder in the UK. In Oxfordshire alone, there are approximately 1,200 people living with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that can cause slowness, stiffness and a tremor. People with Parkinson’s may experience problems with their balance and therefore be prone to falling.
1 Parkinson’s UK website and factsheet. Http://­parkinsons

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