Empowering people with Parkinson’s

The Israel Parkinsons’s Association helps patients and their families explore ways to best live with the complex disease.

April 23, 2014 11:23
Cameron looks through a microscope at regenerating cells

British Prime Minister David Cameron looks through a microscope at regenerating cells, part of a Parkinson’s disease research project.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Dead Sea is known for its healing properties, and the air at the Dead Sea is no less healing than the water itself. It is there that the Israel Parkinson Association has been conducting its winter seminars for close to 15 years.

During the second week of February, 120 people in varying stages of Parkinson’s disease, together with their spouses or caregivers, descended upon the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ein Bokek for the annual winter seminar. The five-day program offered workshops in dance, Tai Chi, Feldenkrais and laughter yoga, along with lectures, movement and art therapy, reflexology and Shiatsu treatments, support groups and more. In the evenings there were musical performances, sing-alongs and dancing.


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