WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem retirement community is encouraging physical activity to help with Parkinson’s disease.

  • April is Parkinson's Awareness Month
  • Men are more at risk for Parkinson's disease, according to the Parkinson's foundation
  • Arbor Acres hosts two power moving exercise classes that focus on movement 

This month is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month and Arbor Acres hosts two power moving exercise classes that focus on movement and improving quality of life.

Fred Hardee has been living with Parkinson disease for five years and participates in the classes.

“Make sure you exercise, or exercise,” he said. “You can’t do too much so, that’s what I’ve been trying to do and i think it’s helping.”

One instructor says she's noticed a difference in those that come to her class with the condition.

“Everyone generally leaves class feeling excited and ready to take on the day,” said Jessica Tish, life enrichment coordinator. “And our motto is to live with intent and i think coming to class it really helps residents with that.”

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, men are more at risk for Parkinson's disease and people over 65 years old.