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Parkinson's UK and Sport England launch Parkinson's Power

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Parkinson's UK has teamed up with Sport England to launch an innovative project aimed at helping inactive people with Parkinson's become and stay physically active.

Sport England is the national organisation that's working towards an active nation where everyone feels able to do sport and activity. 

The project, Parkinson's Power, is targeted at people with Parkinson's aged 55 and over who are inactive. This means they're not managing to achieve 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity exercise a week.

Inactivity among people over 55 is responsible for as many deaths as smoking, according to research commissioned by Sport England.

Getting active

Being active is one of the most important things people can do to maintain their health and wellbeing as they age.

At Parkinson's UK, we know that physical activity can make a significant difference to staying well with Parkinson's, and many people with Parkinson's tell us that being physically active is a huge help in their daily lives.

Parkinson's Power will help identify the barriers people with Parkinson's face when trying to become more active. The project will work closely with healthcare professionals, physical activity and sport providers, interested stakeholders and people with Parkinson's and their carers.

The pilot work will take place in the North East of England initially, trialling approaches and resources which can then be replicated across the rest of the country.

The Development Phase - 2018

Throughout this year we've concentrated on gathering information and insight about the barriers that inactive people with Parkinson's face to becoming more physically active. We've looked at how we can help people to make changes in their daily lives that will really help them manage their symptoms.

We've conducted a UK-wide survey, held regional focus groups, a 2-day co-production conference, and engaged with individuals and groups all over the country. We've gathered views and comments from more than 1000 people with Parkinson's and their families and friends, healthcare and physical activity providers and a range of other interested partners to help us shape our work.

We're now hoping for support from Sport England to deliver 2 years of pilot work in the North East of England, based on what we've learnt this year. We've also begun sharing the findings from our research this year with colleagues across the UK.

We hope to have more information about our work available in the New Year, but in the meantime more details can be had by contacting Tim Morton, the Parkinson's Power Project Manager at [email protected].

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