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Learn about how cycling can help Parkinson’s patients

By From page A8 | January 22, 2013

A local support group is hoping to spread the word about alleviation of symptoms for those with a Parkinson’s diagnosis in an information session from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Parkinson’s Tandem Program invites anyone, even those without the disease, to come learn about the benefits of participating in the regular cycling exercises at the Davis Athletic Club, 1809 Picasso Ave.

This is the second year of the program — an eight-week course designed to increase mobility, reduce tremor and minimize rigidity for Parkinson’s patients.

It was created to mimic the Cleveland Clinic department of biomedical engineering’s study on assisted exercise, which found benefits for individuals with Parkinson’s who pedaled a stationary tandem bicycle with a strong lead cyclist.

The regular participation of locals has demonstrated a subjective improvement of symptoms, according to Davis resident and program organizer Madeleine Kenefick.

There will be an experienced group available to assist any attendees interested in taking a trial run — mounting and riding the tandem bikes, Kenefick added. The program is free, and membership in the Davis Athletic Club is not required.

Those interested in participating may sign up at the informational meeting, which also will include a question-and-answer session, or anytime at the club’s front desk.

Brett Johnson

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