My physical function in a medicine off-state has been worse every year than the previous year. This shows the disease has been progressing. However,when i take medicines, i can learn difficult balance exercises that I never tried before 1997 when I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1997, when I was 40 years old. I have skied often since I was 12 years old, but most of what I know about ski racing I learned after 2005, after my older daughter joined her high school ski racing team. Since 2005, ski instructors and racing coaches have helped me improve fundamental ski skills and then taught me basic ski racing techniques. I would not have been able to improve skiing technique if I had not been exercising enough to improve physical function and I would not have been able to exercise enough if I had not been taking enough medicine to optimally control my symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Since 2010, I have been leading exercise classes for people with Parkinson's disease. Basic levels of the exercise classes are for people who want to improve balance, improve abilities to walk, and decrease their risk of falls. Higher levels of classes are for people who want to maintain or improve abilities to participate in recreational sports. For more information, please visit my website www.ExerciseForParkinsons.com
Videos in this playlist show that people with Parkinson's disease can continue to ski fairly well if we have good exercise trainers, good ski instructors and ski coaches, if we exercise enough, and if we take enough medicine.