CPW Health Center kicks off fitness program for Parkinson’s patients

By Wendy Cornett

Central Park West (CPW) Health Center, a privately owned physical therapy and rehabilitation facility in Toledo, is adding two new programs to its schedule.

Beginning September 12, CPW Health Center will offer Delay the Disease, a group exercise program tailored for people with Parkinson’s. The program was founded in Columbus, Ohio, by OhioHealth.

“It’s a group fitness class for those with Parkinson’s disease, at any fitness level,” said Jennifer Schrickel, Medical Fitness Program Coordinator.

Strength training, Jennifer added, has been shown to improve basic motor function in Parkinson’s patients.

“People are finding that with Parkinson’s disease, the more that you exercise, the more that you are able to control your symptoms,” she said. “Whether it’s your tremors, or getting stuck going in and out of doors, or in and out of cars, you can exercise and actually progress beyond that.”

CPW Health Center is also adding Cardiac Fit, a Phase III and IV cardiac rehabilitation program.

“Cardiac rehab Phase I is in a hospital, and Phase II is at a facility or at a hospital,” explained Cindy Binkley, CEO/Administrator of CPW Health Center. “People are discharged from those programs and usually go to their local Y or a local fitness facility without any more supervision. Some of them need a little bit more medical supervision and someone to coordinate their program. Right now there are no other facilities offering cardiac Phase III and IV rehab.”

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CPW Health Center

3130 Central Park West Drive, Ste. A

(419) 841-9622