Parkinson’s Disease patients take to the dance floor

STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) — Finding the rhythm is half the fun of dancing, but it takes a little more effort when your body is wracked by Parkinson’s Disease. But in a brand new dance studio at Stanford’s Neuroscience Health Center, patients are able to hit the floor with the help of professional dancer Damara Vita Ganley and a program designed to help them get in touch with their bodies.”The idea is that the body is an expressive and deeply feeling part of our lives,” Ganley explains. And the tempo soon picks up. For patients like Audrey Inouye and her husband Mel, it’s an opportunity to reawaken memories tucked away in both the mind and their muscles.”We used to go dancing, salsa dancing, ballroom dancing when we were younger,” Audrey remembers.The…

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