Brandywine seniors take part in boxing program to beat Parkinson’s

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Ginny Scaduto, left to right, Shelly Mengo and Peggy Cummings of Rock Steady of South Brunswick held a demonstration of boxing techniques at Brandywine Living at Princeton on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Donald Stern, left, protects himself during a boxing demonstration by Rock Steady Boxing on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Joan Hoedemaker takes part in a boxing demonstration to combat the effects of Parkinson's disease on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Liz Lopez, left, with a Rock Steady instructor during a boxing demonstration on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Cynthia Brown, left, goes to punch Ginny Scaduto of Rock Steady Boxing during a demonstration on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Ginny Scaduto, left to right, Shelly Mengo and Peggy Cummings of Rock Steady of South Brunswick held a demonstration of boxing techniques at Brandywine Living at Princeton on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Donald Stern, left, protects himself during a boxing demonstration by Rock Steady Boxing on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Joan Hoedemaker takes part in a boxing demonstration to combat the effects of Parkinson's disease on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Liz Lopez, left, with a Rock Steady instructor during a boxing demonstration on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON
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Brandywine Living at Princeton resident Cynthia Brown, left, goes to punch Ginny Scaduto of Rock Steady Boxing during a demonstration on April 26.PHOTOS COURTESY OF BRANDYWINE LIVING AT PRINCETON

April is Parkinson Awareness Month, and residents at Brandywine Living at Princeton are beating the effects of Parkinson’s punch by punch.

During a study at the University of Indianapolis’ Krannert School of Physical Therapy, 88 volunteers with Parkinson’s disease participated in the Rock Steady boxing regimen, which includes lateral foot work, bag punching, stretching, resistance exercises and aerobic training. The study found that “boxers” demonstrated significantly better balance and walking function over time, according to information provided by Brandywine.

The Princeton location has partnered with Rock Steady Boxing of South Brunswick, located at Retro Fitness in Kingston, to introduce a new exercise program to residents fighting Parkinson’s. A demonstration class was held on April 26.

For more information, call Stephanie Gaber at 732-329-8888.