Parkinson’s Awareness Month – Aurora man’s discipline and determination to keep moving

By Allyson Roberts ~

Profile of Brian Rase, who even in his 90s finds ways to improve the quality of his life with Parkinson’s disease.

Rase, a resident of St. Andrew’s Village in Aurora, CO, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 77 years old in 2010.  Over the years, his symptoms intensified, and he knew he would need to remain active and develop his own routine and treatment plan to lesson those symptoms.

 
Just 2.5 years ago, his MDS-Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale was a 52. He couldn’t walk across the room without a walker. Today, he has lowered it to about 15 and moves about the community freely, sometimes using a cane, but rarely.
 
Rase says he is an example of how persistence and curiosity pay off to fight the effects of Parkinson’s. He has tried just about everything to improve his balance and hand-eye coordination, giving his body time to respond, but not settling into a routine that doesn’t have a desired impact. That has led him to an active weekly schedule that combines water aerobics in his senior living community’s pool, boxing, aerobics, lots of walking and physical therapy.
 
A former pharmacist, Rase also appreciates and understands the importance of the scientific method, so he got involved in a research project out of a hospital in Eugene OR, where he once worked, to test using one of the vibrating glove products to reduce shaking symptoms. Rase continues to wear the gloves about 3 hours a week to maintain the positive effects he noticed from initially wearing them 4 hours a day for 5 days in a row for about 7 weeks. After that period, he was able to reduce his medication by about 30% because he no longer needed such a powerful dosage.
 
Rase continues to look at all the emerging therapies and latest research as he continues to strive for further improvement. This has led him to make changes in his diet and incorporate hydrogen therapy into his routine as well.
 
He is eager to share what he has learned with others, starting with the new Parkinson’s support group he has helped form. Over the past few months, that group has grown to include both his St. Andrew’s neighbors and individuals from throughout the broader Aurora community.
 
Please let me know if you are interested in learning more from Mr. Rase about his combination of exercise and new therapies that has helped him live with Parkinson’s and help others do the same.

Comments

  1. Caroline McGaughey

    My husband was diagnosed of Parkinson’s Disease at age 66. He had severe calf pain, muscle pain, tremors, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, difficulty in getting up from sitting position. He was put on Senemet for 6 months and then Siferol was introduced and replaced the Senemet. During this time span he was also diagnosed with dementia. He started having hallucinations, lost touch with reality. We took him off the Siferol (with the doctor’s knowledge) and decided to try PD-5 programme offered by Natural Herbs Centre which we researched prior. 3 months into treatment he has improved dramatically. the disease is totally under control. No case of constant twitching, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain or tremors. We got the PD-5 Protocol from natural herbs centre. com my husband is getting active again, I’m sharing my husband experience perhaps it might help, but you still need to decide what works best for you. Sending prayers

  2. Caroline McGaughey

    My spouse was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His symptoms included excruciating calf pain, muscular aches, tremors, slurred speech, frequent falls, loss of balance, and trouble standing up from a seated posture. After six months on Senemet, Siferol was given to him in place of the Senemet. It was also at this period that he was diagnosed with dementia. He began seeing hallucinations and became detached from reality. With the doctor’s approval, we stopped giving him Siferol and chose to try the Ability Health Center PD-5 program, which we had previously investigated. After three months of therapy, he has made significant progress. The illness has been completely contained. There are no symptoms of persistent twitching, weakness, tremors, hallucinations, or muscle soreness. The PD-5 Protocol was obtained from abilityhealthcentre. com. Though you still need to determine what works best for you, I thought I would share my husband’s story in case it could be helpful. Greetings and prayers

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