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Neurologists universally recommend making exercise a part of the daily regimen of every Parkinson's patient. This is the only book that tells people with the disease and their caregivers how to follow that advice. Movement teacher John Argue has distilled the information from his classes for Parkinson's patients into a comprehensive exercise program designed to help readers improve flexibility, balance, gait, and communication. Over 100 photographs clearly illustrate the exercises, which derive from Yoga and Tai Chi techniques and theater movement skills, and encompass a variety of daily activities.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (February 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572241837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572241831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1985, John Argue has been teaching movement and voice for people with Parkinson's disease. His approach reflects his extensive training in yoga, tai chi, dance, and drama. He has traveled to more than fifty cities across the US to speak at Parkinson's conferences. His book, Parkinson's Disease & the Art of Moving, has been translated into Italian, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, and Hebrew. He has published two DVDs for people with Parkinson's: the "Video Companion to Parkinson's Disease & the Art of Moving," and for families and caregivers, "Parkinson's Disease & Activities of Daily Living."

John Argue grew up in a Catholic orphanage, St. Patrick's Indian Mission, in Anadarko, Oklahoma. After serving in the US Navy during the Korean War, he attended UC Berkeley on the GI Bill. He became an actor, director, and theater arts teacher living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He taught drama, movement, and voice at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the American Conservatory Theater. In the 1970's he founded his own theater studio, where he wrote and produced several plays and pioneered advanced techniques for actor training. He also worked as a drama therapist with institutionalized children and adults.

He continues to teach Parkinson's classes and to train teachers at the Jewish Community Center East Bay in Berkeley, California.

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Good book for Parkinson's patients and caregivers.
J. Crosby
I have found this book to be very helpful, and presented clearly with written and visual instructions.
Gym Rat in SC
I've added exercises from this book to my attempt to counter PD symptoms.
Andrew R. Caddes

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
My mother-in-law was diagnosed recently with Parkinson's. I immediately came to Amazon to print out some book info for her. I confess this was not my first choice, but boy was I wrong. She chose this, and when it arrived I sat down for a quick read before I forwarded it to her. John Argue's book developed out of years of work in the theatre as well as with people who have Parkinson's. He has set out the exercise program he devised in a clear progression, with easy-to-follow descriptions in words and illustrations. Argue does not take an authoritarian tone but reminds us gently of sensible points about exercise for body and mind together; he is inspiring, and -perhaps best of all- wryly amusing too. I wish we could clone John Argue and bring him to Australia. My m-i-l went straight to the index and found an exercise that helped her with her swallowing, and is now working her way through from the beginning. Not all of the exercises are imperative for her at this stage, but she knows she can use them to help her move through the rest of her life with grace and humour. Thanks to John Argue.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By thomas piotrowski on April 6, 2000
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This book is a valuable tool for every P.D. patient. The doctors never tell us what specific exercises to do to prevent the progress of our disease. This books clearly illustrates with photographs how to do exercises for every need. The directions are clear and precise. What is most appealing is the underlying philosophy of graceful, mindful, and complete. Every exercise is a meditation of sorts that requires the patient to focus. Argue, the author, presents a program that offers hope of preventing progression of sysmptoms, but more importantly, he also offers hope for those already afflicted. It is possible to reverse or alleviate some symtoms to a degree. The book gives the patient some control and also offers an opportunity to fight back. Don't just read it. Do it.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Elise Miller on May 25, 2001
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After reading previous reviews I confidently shipped this book directly to my dad. He was three-quarters through the book in less than 24 hours, usually books just sit unread indefinitely on his desk. He said this was the first book out of many that clearly explained the symptoms, the disease and a positive approach. It is a beautiful book and a worthwile read. Thank you Amazon for packaging/shipping the book beautifully and promptly.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Stengle on November 15, 2006
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Doing the exercises in this book has helped my husband, who has Parkinson's, to improve his balance and strength. Before he was falling; now he's not. John Argue has also made tapes, a series of ten 20-minutes tapes with a class of Parkinsonians demonstrating the exercises which are extremely helpful and which can be bought directly from him; contact information for obtaining the tapes is in the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Caddes on September 22, 2009
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This book reveals more than I expected about how to counter the symptoms of Parkinson's by deliberately practicing movements. The author has an understanding of the challenges faced by PD sufferers. I've found re-affirmation of some of my own deductions about moving better by intentionally visualizing an action before willing to accomplish a movement. I am convinced that exercise is the best medicine to slow the progression of this disease. The author's experience conducting exercise classes in conjunction with medical institutions makes his suggested exercise routine invaluable. I've never heard many of the insights offered in this volume anywhere else. For example, there's a section explaining the benefits of yawning. Another section tells how to use gravity to help turn over in bed.

I've added exercises from this book to my attempt to counter PD symptoms. I was diagnosed ten years ago. Right now, I attend water exercise and Tai Chi classes, walk at least twenty minutes a day, square dance or contra dance at least twice a week, and do several exercises from a physical therapist to improve my posture. With the latest findings about the plasticity of the brain, I think that we should concentrate on moving more to develop new neural pathways which over-ride the old habitual movements that used to be 'automatic." This book is a good place to start because it contains strategies to ameliorate specific PD symptoms before they develop.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Baser on January 5, 2007
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John Argue's method is one that will definitely benefit any Parkinson's sufferer and their caregivers. I also highly recommend the DVDs. The only thing better is to see John in person!

Barbara Baser, Coordinator Information and Referral Center

American Parkinson Disease Association, Pittsburgh, PA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bike lady on February 26, 2008
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I found this book helpful for helping a friend who has parkinsons and also my 85 year old mother, who only has aged-related physical disability. The movements are grounded in the theory behind Tai Chi and the Martial Arts, which is the gold-standard behind many other books dealing with body work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Assunta Marshall on October 14, 2013
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The Lesson 2 Voice and Speech is one of the most important exercises needed for dealing with Parkinson's because the quality of the voice deteriorates daily. Working daily with breathing exercises, learning to counteract the "mask" face will help to let people see the iner liveliness.
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