An empowering program to battle Parkinson’s disease
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (March 31, 2017) — The Inn on Westport, managed by The Goodman Group, is thrilled to announce Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), a unique exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This is the first RSB affiliate program in the state of South Dakota and one of only a few in the nation offering a dedicated space within an assisted living community. The Inn on Westport designed and created the 770 square foot studio specifically for the program. Classes will begin the week of April 17, and the Grand Opening will be held on Thurs., May 18.
The Inn on Westport’s RSB Program Director, Lisa Howard, has spent the last 20 years as Director of Active Generations, developing programs in Sioux Falls for older adults to help them remain active and healthy. She is excited to bring the RSB program to the entire Sioux region and state of South Dakota.
There are an estimated 3,000 people in South Dakota living with PD, according to the South Dakota Parkinson’s Association. PD is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that touches nearly one million people in the United States alone. While a cure has yet to be found, there are several ways to treat and slow the effects. Recent studies suggest that intense exercise programs may be “neuro-protective”, actually working to delay the progression of symptoms. RSB uses the focused movements of boxing to help improve the coordination, strength and balance of persons with PD. Workouts are designed for people of all ages and abilities, and can include punching, stretching, jumping and jogging.
The Goodman Group, managing company of The Inn on Westport and national leader in senior living & health care, opened its first RSB gym in Largo, Fla., in 2016. It has had tremendous success in improving the lives of individuals with PD.
The RSB method was developed in Indianapolis over the course of seven years. In 2012, the first Training Camp was launched to share the RSB Method with others who are fighting back against Parkinson’s. Today, there are over 90 affiliates across the United States.