Through our research, we're hearing of more and more people with Parkinson's who find the Nintendo Wii games console of particular benefit to them.
Exercise can help people with Parkinson's to control movements, improve balance and improve their mood.
As well as being fun and convenient, the Wii has the ability to help people improve their movement, not just fitness.
We did a short survey of around 100 people with Parkinson's who use the Wii.
Two thirds felt that using the Wii helps them manage their symptoms better.
They also reported:
The Wii is interesting because of its ability to improve motor skills, not just fitness.
Different people experience a range of Parkinson's symptoms so it's difficult to say who the Wii works best for.
We will have a better idea of this once our research is complete.
We're aware that there are a growing number of people with Parkinson's using the Wii both for exercise and for fun, but we don't have an exact figure.
No, the Wii can be used to help people to exercise, to keep them moving and also enjoy themselves with family or friends.
The scores given by the Wii do not not reflect a person's symptoms, only their ability to play that particular game. So it can't tell you how the condition is progressing. And this is a very individual thing.
It should not be seen as a substitute for regular medical check-ups.
There is no formal guide. We suggest that you start off by trying out different games, have fun with family and friends and see what works best for you as an individual. The main thing is to not overdo it and be aware of your own abilities.
If you have Parkinson's and feel you need further guidance you can speak to your physiotherapist, Parkinson's nurse, GP or consultant.
The following guidelines have been put together by a physiotherapist for people with Parkinson's using the Wii Fit for exercise. Take a look at these before you get started.
If you have had deep brain stimulation surgery: