Largo assisted living facility throwing punches for Parkinson’s disease

Largo assisted living facility throwing punches for Parkinson's disease
Largo assisted living facility throwing punches for Parkinson's disease

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – In honor of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, a Pinellas County assisted living facility wanted to raise awareness about a disease that affects more than five thousand people in the county.

“A lot of times Parkinson’s patients have balance issues and boxing helps them to prevent falls, it helps to get them walking better, it helps to get them walking more steady,” said Palms of Largo programming director Leah Einboden.

So The Palms of Largo assisted living facility challenged employees and residents at its brand new “Rock Steady Boxing” facility to throw a collective ten thousand punches to raise awareness to Parkinson’s Disease.

“We invited everyone to come to the gym, punch on the heavy bag for two minutes and try to get to an accumulative 10,000 punches or more,” Einboden said.

Before noon, more than fifty people showed up and pounded the heavy bag more than twenty thousand times.

“It feels good and it’s exhausting but I keep on working on it every day,” said Jimmy Alexander,

Royal Palms marketing director Kymberly Keenan punched the heavy bag for more than eight hundred times in two rounds. She says she wanted to do her part because she has seen one of her favorite uncles suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

“I have an uncle with Parkinson’s and I work with families that have Parkinson’s in this retirement community so it just brings me so much happiness and joy that this Rock Steady Program can give back to Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s, with another 60,000 being diagnosed each year. The disease affects more people than Lou Gehrig’s disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis together.

Read more about Rock Steady here.

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