The diagnosis was Parkinson’s, a neurological disease that affects movement. But for Keith Hall, it meant he needed to keep moving.
For the past three years, Parkinson’s Fitness, started by Keith Hall, his wife, Linda, and friend Marilyn Freeman, has held classes throughout the North Shore to get other Parkinson’s patients exercising.
In recognition of April being Parkinson’s Awareness month, the organization has added several new classes — boxing at Perfect Balance Conditioning in Salem and a dance class plus a six-week drumming course in Peabody at CareOne.
Staying active with Parkinson’s isn’t an easy task.
As the disease progresses, it restricts movement — symptoms include stiffness and rigidity, tremors, and problems with swallowing, balance and speaking; it also affects mood, according to the fitness organization.
While exercise cannot reverse the symptoms, it can help patients be able to move more normally in day-to-day life, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
For Keith Hall, becoming one