Impact of a 7-day retreat for people with Parkinson's disease: a phenomenological study
Neurodegenerative Disease Management
Aim: Early and ongoing access to rehabilitation and exercise may preserve functional mobility and quality of life for persons with Parkinson disease (PwP). The aim of the current study was to describe the experience of PwP who participated in a 7-day retreat. Materials & methods: A phenomenological approach was used to describe the lived experience of PwP. Results: Three themes emerged from interviews: a community of shared information where participants discussed exercising and learning with other PwP; improved control of Parkinson's disease symptoms, including performing physical tasks more easily and renewed motivation for their long-term plans for exercise because of the retreat. Conclusion: A 7-day retreat for PwP positively impacted perceived control of disease-related symptoms and intentions to continue exercise.
Bordenave, Lori M.; Nelson, Corrine Fritcher; and Farley, Becky G., "Impact of a 7-day retreat for people with Parkinson's disease: a phenomenological study" (2023). PT Faculty Publications. 20.