Tampa Bay senior living community partners with local bicycling company to provide additional support for residents with Parkinson’s disease

Bicycle Outfitters provides Cypress Palms residents battling Parkinson’s disease an additional outlet to enjoy life
(PR NewsChannel) / March 21, 2012 / LARGO, Fla. 

Cypress PalmsCypress Palms, an enhanced assisted living community located at the Palms of Largo campus, has improved their Parkinson Friendly programming by partnering with Bicycle Outfitters of Seminole to provide residents a new recumbent tricycle.

The Catrike, a brand of recumbent three-wheeled bicycle called a trike, is designed for riders to experience minimal neck, shoulder and back pain commonly felt when riding traditional bicycles. The rider’s weight is distributed throughout his or her back and seat, while conventional bikes apply a majority of the pressure to the rider’s hands, arms and shoulders.

The partnership formed when a volunteer who owns a Catrike would bring the vehicle to Cypress Palms for residents to use, reached out to Bicycle Outfitters about acquiring a more permanent addition for the Cypress Palms residents.

“There was one resident in particular that really enjoyed riding my trike, but he could only use it on the weekends because that’s the only timewe had the resources to take him riding,” the volunteer said. “It was as if he didn’t have Parkinson’s when he rode the Catrike.”

It didn’t take long for Bicycle Outfitters to figure out a way to help the Tampa Bay senior living community.

“Bicycle Outfitters jumped at the chance to help our seniors out by providing a new Catrike to our charity, Caregivers Support Network,” said Margie Ratcliff, Executive Director of the Caregivers Support Network. “Now all of our residents will have the ability to use this vehicle whenever they want, and Bicycle Outfitters has made that possible.”

The Cypress Alternative Parkinson Friendly Program is an accredited Parkinson’s disease outreach program that is specifically designed to provide education, exercise and support to those with Parkinson’s disease. Cypress Palms added an aquatics and watercolor painting class to their regiment of “Parkinson-Friendly” activities in February.

The Catrike will be presented to the Caregivers Support Network on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held on-site at Cypress Palms, on The Palms of Largo campus. There will be an opportunity for photos with representatives from both Bicycle Outfitters and Cypress Palms available. A brunch buffet with refreshments will also be offered to those in attendance.

About The Palms of Largo: Located in the heart of Pinellas County, the 88-acre Palms of Largo campus offers housing, programs, and services for individuals of all ages. Residents enjoy family and senior independent apartments, assisted living and memory care, a holistic spa and fitness center, an experiential preschool, home health care and skilled nursing. The inter-generational living facility also features Pearl Essence, Pinellas County’s first ‘women only’ memory care environment at Cypress Palms. The campus is located within minutes of Gulf beaches, major shopping, restaurants, and the Largo Cultural Center.

Adriane Evert
Website: www.cypressalf.com

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SOURCE:  The Goodman Group

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