Portfolio - Punching Parko’s
My portfolio was inspired after my lifelong friend Anita developed Parkinson’s Disease and began to attend bi-weekly sessions at the ‘Punching Parko’s Exercise Program’ in Chatswood to which I was driving her.
My portfolio is a series of documentary photographs of the Punching Parko’s sessions.
Where I aim to show partners and carers working together to participate in the activities, the challenges facing the participants to get organised and ready, the joy and sense of achievement they feel from their efforts as well as the support and encouragement they give to each other.
Background information on the ‘Punching Parko’s Exercise Program’
The Punching Parko’s Exercise Program aims to empower and improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s sufferers by using non-contact boxing exercises and other activities aimed at improving balance, coordination, strength and fitness.
Current research supports the importance of forced, repetitive and complex exercise as an adjunct to conventional medical and surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease and whilst the program is not a cure, many people participating in the sessions on a regular basis have been able to keep their Parkinson's symptoms at bay, particularly if they have only been diagnosed relatively recently. Some people have been able to reclaim some of their previous quality of life. Carers are invited to participate in the sessions.