Joy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2013. There are many functional limitations associated with PD including slow and rigid gait patterns, cognitive impairment including difficulty dual tasking, and postural instability which leads to a higher risk of falls. Joy also suffers from autonomic dysfunction which affects her blood pressure responses to all activity, making her dizzy and light headed even for simple tasks.
Joy first started attending ARC in January 2017. Once per week, she attends PD Warrior classes and also has an Exercise Physiologist visit her at home to work on specific goals, balance, strength, dual tasking challenges and aerobic fitness.
Since starting at the clinic Joy has achieved many of the goals she has set out to achieve. She went from not being able to coordinate one skip, to being able to skip rope 40 times consecutively! She has also been able to go bushwalking, practice getting in and out of a pool safely, manage issues with depth perception, walk for longer distances, and most importantly has maintained most of her independence with the help of her family and friends.
Joy has definitely earned her gold star award due to her incredible commitment to reducing her disease severity with her training, and also for always striving to do the best with what she can. She has come leaps and bounds since her diagnosis and continues to improve as new goals present themselves every day. She is strong willed and determined and it definitely shows in her results. Congratulations Joy!