Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease

Keeping active with Parkinson's

Emerging evidence suggests that exercising for 2.5 hours a week can slow the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms.  If your symptoms are mild, then it is the optimal time to improve your physical condition to remain well, prevent inactivity and the complications of sedentary behaviour such as weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.  It can also improve other symptoms such as sleep issues, fatigue, mood and mental health.  There is no one approach that is suitable for all, it depends on the way Parkinson’s affects you, but the message is the same for everyone – go for it!

In partnership with Parkinson’s UK, Live Life Aberdeenshire have developed a programme specifically designed to support people with Parkinson’s Disease to be active and live well.


Who is the Programme for?

The programme is aimed at people living with a new diagnosis who may have mild/controlled symptoms and those living in the maintenance phase who are experiencing a gradual progression of symptoms, resulting in everyday activities becoming more challenging.

Image shows a man sitting with an exercise band on his knee

How does the programme work?

When we receive your referral from, a member of the team will contact you and will ask some questions to find out more about you.  They will explain the programme to you and discuss the best exercise option for you. 

If you have internet access and a suitable device, you will be invited to join a virtual exercise class once a week for 12-weeks.  Each class will last approximately 1-hour and you will take part from the comfort of your own home.

There will be two exercise class options:

High Intensity: This class is suitable for those who are already active, are fit and have no balance issues or a history of falls. It’s ideal for anyone who has been recently diagnosed or those with mild / controlled symptoms.

Moderate/Low Intensity: This class is suitable for those who may be noticing daily tasks are becoming a bit more challenging and who may need to use support to maintain balance. Seated exercise options are available for those whose balance or fitness requires. Participants should have good cognition in order to follow online instructions and exercise independently.

How do I know if this is right for me?

Answer these simple questions to find out if the programme is right for you:

  • I can balance independently or with the use of a chair for support
  • I can walk independently or with a walking aid for 50m or more
  • I am on a stable medication regime
  • I do not regularly experience sudden onset of freezing or have sudden unpredictable falls

If you are living with Parkinson’s Disease and have answered YES to all of the questions above, then this programme is right for you. You can get involved by completing the short referral form below and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

You can refer yourself to the programme using the self-referral form below:

Self-referral Form

A health care professional can refer you to the programme here: 

Health Care Professional referral Form

If you wish to discuss this further you can contact us here:

Contact Us

For more information to support keeping active with Parkinson's visit the Parkinson's UK website: Exercise | Parkinson's UK

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