Markee recognizes that embarking on a path to independence for those who are trapped by their body’s inability to move fluidly, can be very challenging.
Photo by Paul Scholl
By Linda Harper
SACRAMENTO REGION, CA (MPG) - A brisk walk to the corner and back, riding a bicycle and Dance Aerobics are all good forms of exercise for those 50 years old and beyond. That is, unless you suffer from the tremors of Parkinson’s Disease, the instability associated with Multiple Sclerosis, or the immobility that accompanies Arthritis, Obesity and a multitude of other Neurologic and Orthopedic conditions.
For older people who have these afflictions, life as they knew it can seem lost and unattainable. For those with balance difficulties, the simple act of walking across a room can be terrifying, for fear of falling. Taking a tumble can be life threatening for a senior who can’t get up on their own, or someone who suffers broken bones and even worse. According to several research organizations, there’s been a staggering increase in Neurological diseases in seniors over the last two decades. There have also been hopeful breakthroughs in the creation of new drugs, more accurate treatments and the development of programs to provide symptom management. Although there is no cure for many current Neurological diseases plaguing our aging communities, one positive goal is keeping older people with special needs successfully independent and out of the “old folks home,” so to speak. Pam Markee, owner of Markee Personal Trainer (MPT), is determined to help as many seniors as she can to experience a happy, self-reliant life.