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Last updated: 09 April 2021

Keep ON Moving

Following the success of the EPDA ExerciseCast, which saw great engagement and participation from all around the world, the EPDA joined forces with our company partner BIAL to produce a new exercise programme for people with Parkinson's to perform at home – Keep ON Moving.

This new series was launched in November 2020, when most European countries are, sadly, again facing a lockdown situation due to COVID-19, and millions of people – including people with Parkinson's – will again need to stay indoors.

EPDA Board member and physiotherapist Josefa Domingos and speech and language therapist John M Dean (both specialised in working exclusively with Parkinson's for more than 15 years) collaborated with the BIAL video team to produce this series of workout videos – aimed at guiding people with Parkinson's in doing exercise at home. All exercises are based on the dual or multitask training method, which addresses common Parkinson's issues by combining voice, movement and cognition tasks. To learn more about this method, the trainers and the programme please visit the Keep ON Moving website.

Each video can be watched separately for a quick practice or in sequence with others, for a longer and more complete workout session.

World Parkinson's Day 2021

On World Parkinson's Day 2021, the EPDA will join the #TogetherApart​ global campaign with a 'special issue' of the Keep ON Moving series! wellbeing and exercise video developed by physiotherapist Josefa Domingos and speech language pathologist John Dean, featuring Luis Leira and Chef Fábio Bernardino from Portugal.

This new video, developed by Josefa Domingos and John Dean and featuring Luis Leira and Chef Fábio Bernardino from Portugal, aims to raise awareness of how Parkinson's can impact daily living activities such as preparing a meal in the kitchen, and to provide simple tips and strategies to overcome these – in a fun and light-hearted way.

These activities and exercises are based, like the other Keep ON Moving videos, on the dual or multitask training method.

Tune in on World Parkinson's Day, 11 April 2021 at 12.00 BST | 13.00 CEST and watch the video on the EPDA YouTube channel – and here!

Exercise series 1

The first Keep ON Moving video series was launched on 10 November 2020.

Physical amplitude workout | Exercise 1

In this exercise we will practice:

  • large amplitude movements
  • fast total body movements
  • cognitive capacity
  • working memory
  • visual-vocal interaction.

Arms and legs working and thinking together | Exercise 2

In this exercise we will practice:

  • large amplitude movements
  • rhythm
  • speed of response
  • selective attention
  • memory.

Brain exercise | Exercise 3

In this exercise we will practice:

  • motor planning
  • focused attention
  • memory
  • dual task capacity.

Daily-life moves, dance-like exercise | Exercise 4

In this exercise we will practice:

  • motor planning
  • focused attention
  • memory
  • dual task capacity.

Breath and voice exercise | Exercise 5

In this exercise we will practice:

  • voice production
  • focused attention
  • memory
  • dual task capacity
  • breath and posture.

Exercise series 2

The second Keep ON Moving video series was launched on 11 April 2021 – World Parkinson's Day – via the Keep it ON Training Area.

The ABC of sitting to standing​ | Exercise 1

In this exercise we will work on:​

  • breaking down sitting/standing into sub-tasks​
  • thinking about and improving it
  • feeling steadier when getting up​
  • physical capacity​
  • lower limb strength training​
  • attention and working memory​.

Grasping for the word​​ | Exercise 2

In this exercise we will work on:​

  • upper limb amplitude-movement​
  • reaching and twisting while seated
  • lower limb and trunk mobility
  • voice and language production
  • attention and working memory.

Transition with the pillow​​​ | Exercise 3

In this exercise we will work on:​

  • sitting and standing
  • upper limb amplitude-movement
  • overall physical capacity
  • lower limb strength training
  • movement rhythm
  • attention and working memory.

How to take the first step ​| Exercise 4

In this exercise we will work on:​

  • breaking down standing and taking a step
  • focused attention
  • mental calculation
  • overall physical capacity
  • movement rhythm
  • lower limb strength training
  • stepping.

Moving chair to chair ​| Exercise 5

In this exercise we will work on:​

  • large amplitude lateral stepping
  • transitions in sitting
  • visuo-spatial capacity
  • divided attention
  • physical capacity
  • movement speed.

Disclaimer

We encourage you to consult with your healthcare professional before undertaking any exercise programme. If you engage in these exercises, you agree that you do so at your own risk and are voluntarily participating. None of the parties involved in the development of these works assume liability for any actions resulting from performing the activities in these videos.

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