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APDA-HR Partners with the Table Tennis Charity Foundation!

 “The American Parkinson Disease Association Hampton Roads Chapter is pleased to become a Charity Partner of the Table Tennis Charity Foundation and its annual PingPongforCHARITY™ Events. This partnership will provide a great opportunity to stress that exercise helps ‘ease the burden’ of people with Parkinson Disease. Research shows that exercise by people with Parkinson Disease improves mobility and leads to accomplishing daily tasks with greater ease. Exercise, such as ping pong, can be fun and will provide more confidence and energy for people with Parkinson Disease”, states Don Bradway, Advisory Board President, APDA Hampton Roads Chapter.

As Dr. Scott Sautter of Hampton Road Neuropsychology explains, “exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. However, for people with Parkinson Disease exercise is not only healthy, but a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities. Doing exercise is associated with a better sense of well being, even across stages and severity of the disease.  The benefit can be identified in two areas – symptom management and slowing disease progression.”  Many neurologists recommend intense exercise to their patients and also to people who are worried about getting Parkinson Disease because of a family connection. The best way to achieve those benefits is to exercise on a consistent basis. People with Parkinson Disease enrolled in exercise programs with durations longer than six months, regardless of exercise intensity, have shown significant gains in functional balance and mobility as compared to programs of only two-week or ten-week durations.

The mission of the American Parkinson Disease Association is to educate about Parkinson Disease, provide information about local resources to support people with Parkinson Disease and their care partners, and to fund national research programs for Parkinson Disease. The Hampton Roads chapter of APDA seeks to improve the quality of life of those living with Parkinson Disease and associated neurological disorders, as well as their care partners, through public awareness, advocacy, education, and supporting research until a cure is found. APDA is the largest not-for-profit, grassroots organization serving Americans with Parkinson Disease. Hampton Roads regional Parkinson Disease support groups are located in Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg and the Eastern Shore.

Ken Lees, founder of the TTCF and creator of the of the PingPongforCHARITY™ Events shares that funds raised will be used by APDA for Parkinson Disease regional groups’ coordination and educational material, development and distribution of Parkinson Disease educational information, and for the APDA’s Parkinson Disease national research initiatives.