Workout 2

These exercises have been designed to be challenging and engaging on purpose, so that you can challenge yourself to repeat them as often as you need, to help improve your individual outcomes.

The ABC of Sitting to Standing​

In this exercise we will work on:​
Breaking down sitting/standing into sub-tasks​; Feeling steadier getting up​; Physical capacity; Lower limb strength training​; Attention and working memory​.

Grasping for the Word​

In this exercise we will work on:​ Upper limb amplitude-movement​; Reaching and twisting while seated; Lower limb and trunk mobility; Voice and language production; Attention and working memory.

Transition with the pillow​

In this exercise we will work on:​ Sitting and standing; Upper limb amplitude-movement​; Overall physical capacity; Lower limb strength training​; Movement rhythm​; Attention and working memory.

How to take the 1st step​

In this exercise we will work on:​ Breaking down standing and stepping​; Focused Attention​; Mental calculation; Overall physical capacity​; Movement rhythm​; Lower limb strength training​;

Moving chair to chair

In this exercise we will work on:​ Large amplitude lateral stepping; Transitions in sitting; Visuo-spatial capacity; Divided attention; Physical capacity; Movement speed.

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The trainers

  • Josefa Domingos

    Josefa Domingos is a physiotherapist specialising in Parkinson’s disease with 15 years of experience working exclusively with people with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. As an educator, clinician and researcher, she is currently finishing her PhD on Practicalities of Community Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease at Radboud University Centre (The Netherlands), under the supervision of Professor Bas Bloem. She is also currently the National Health Coordinator of the Portuguese Parkinson Patient Association (APDPk), a Board member of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) and coordinator of the rehabilitation working group of the Portuguese Movement Disorder Society (SPDMov).

  • John Dean

    John M Dean, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist specialising in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders since 2007. In addition to ongoing clinical work, he has been involved in numerous Parkinson’s-related projects, including developing networks of interdisciplinary Parkinson’s rehab teams for a national healthcare company in the US; founding award-winning start-ups that build technologies for people living with Parkinson’s; and working for a time as Director of Healthcare Strategy and Technology at the Davis Phinney Foundation, an international Parkinson’s non-profit organisation. He currently leads Triad Health AI, a start-up focused on delivering dual task exercise using smart speakers.


Date of preparation: October 2023