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The Heritage at Fox Run Offers Significant Resources to Those with Parkinson’s in Southwest Iowa


An excerpt from The Daily Nonpareil on April 18, 2015:
One million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and 60,000 more will be diagnosed this year, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Of those, 4 percent will suffer from early onset of the disease.
Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous disorder that affects a person’s movement. The disease can cause a tremor, stiffness and slowed movement and can affect posture and balance, among other symptoms.
The Heritage at Fox Run (formerly called Fox Run Assisted Living) is one of very few places in southwest Iowa that offers educational support groups for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers. At meetings, guest speakers present programs on topics such as Parkinson’s research, the latest treatment options, safe driving and laughter as the best medicine, according to Lacy Jungman, director of sales and marketing.
“We do not claim to be experts in it, but we bring the experts in,” she said.
In addition, The Heritage at Fox Run takes a van load of people to the YMCA each month for an exercise program called, “Delay the Disease,” designed specifically for Parkinson’s patients.