‘Exercise is medicine’: Committed, devoted Parkinson’s patients overcome obstacles

A valuable resource available to people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers is the Waimea Parkinson’s Wellness Support Group — co-facilitated by Joel Cohen and his care partner wife, Phyllis Tarail — that meets the second Wednesday of every month at Tutu’s House in Waimea. (COURTESY PHOTOs/TUTU’S HOUSE)

Madeline Sofranac, who has her doctorate in physical therapy, helps people with Parkinson’s in a Tai Chi-Chi Kung class at Tutu’s House in Waimea the first non-holiday Monday of each month. (COURTESY PHOTO/TUTU’S HOUSE)

Mike and Mary Ann Schreiber enjoy dance class at Tutu’s House in Waimea. Regular exercise, including dancing, helps people with Parkinson’s alleviate symptoms of their disease.

WAIMEA — April is Parkinson’s disease Awareness Month.