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Parkinson’s patient Gardner Bemis, of Steamboat Springs, grits out the last rep in a set of swan lifts with Eva Gibbon, of Hayden Pilates, on Friday. The exercise is intended to help straighten and strengthen his back. Regular exercise forestalls the progressive stiffening of limbs and muscles that can come with Parkinson’s.

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Living well with Parkinson’s disease

For those battling a chronic illness, the fear of being limited physically becomes very real. But for area residents diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, doctors’ orders quickly quelled that fear: Push yourself harder to maintain a high quality of life.

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