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Can Exercise Slow the Progression of Parkinson's?

Release Date: April 30, 2024 |  Run Time: 37:12 |  Download Episode 4 transcript

Parkinson's disease is the fast-growing neurological condition in the world.

Here in Canada, more than 100,000 people are currently living with Parkinson's and 12,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

In this episode of Your Complex Brain, we discuss the latest science surrounding the benefits of exercise for Parkinson's, including whether exercise can alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson's or slow the progression of the disease.

Steve Iseman and Rigid Riders

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Bonus Content: Listen to more of Steve's story, including how he 'found his people' in the Parkinson's community, and why he sees his Parkinson's diagnosis as a 'gift.'

Steve Iseman | Run Time: 14:12 |  Download bonus content transcript


Dr. Lorraine Kalia  
Dr. Lorraine Kalia

Dr. Lorraine Kalia is a neurologist and senior scientist at UHN's Krembil Brain Institute, as well as an associate professor in the Division of Neurology at U of T's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She holds the Wolfond-Krembil Chair in Parkinson's Disease Research at UHN. As a neurologist, she specializes in Parkinson's disease and related movement disorders. Fun fact – Dr. Kalia graduated from Canada's National Ballet School and now volunteers her time on the board of directors of Dancing With Parkinson's, an organization that provides accessible dance classes and artistic experiences to enrich the lives of people living with Parkinson's.

Steve Iseman  
Steven Iseman

Steven Iseman, 58, studied English and Political Science at Carleton University and Law at the University of Windsor. In 2014, at the age of 48, he received a diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. In the years thereafter, Steven has dedicated himself to helping people to live well with Parkinson's. In 2018, he co-founded the Rigid Riders (a Parkinson's cycling club with weekly rides and an aim to encourage exercise), and in 2022 he co-founded the Spinning Wheels Tour with three friends, to cycle 8,000 km across Canada and draw attention to the needs and abilities of people living Parkinson's. He is married, lives in Toronto, has two sons, and is passionate about skiing and cycling.

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