Social media users are sending love, excitement, kind words, and personal stories to an 87-year-old man who just went viral.
Bob has Parkinson’s and has doctor’s orders to work out and stay active. Given the video that was shared of him, Bob is doing a pretty stellar job at this. He pushes the sled pretty smoothly and steadily with intense concentration.
Tweet of Workout Routine Goes Viral
A Twitter user under the name Kevin W. shared a video of Bob doing a sled push workout at the gym. “Bob is 87 and has Parkinson’s. His doctor told him to exercise. He called and showed up and has been coming three times a week Bob deserves unlimited retweets for his efforts.”
Other social media users shared their own personal stories related to Parkinson’s — a nervous system disorder that slowly starts to impact motor capabilities. One person wrote, “My dad had parkinsons. He was my hero. Never complained and did his best too. This man also deserves a [trophy emoji].”
Parkinson’s disease impacts about 60,000 people in the U.S. each year and more than 10 million people worldwide. The odds of being diagnosed increase with age, although 4% get the diagnosis before the age of 50, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation site.
Videos of individuals living with the disease hit home with a lot of people, given why this video of Bob working out quickly went viral. According to Parkinson’s Life, there was a viral video from 2017 that reached an astounding 10 million views on the internet.
Viral Video of Man with Parkinson’s Disease Dancing
The video features Larry Jennings, who was 73 at the time, trying out a new form of treatment for his Parkinson’s. He is getting help from a physiotherapist named Anicea Renee Gunlock. Jennings has the side effect that is known as “freezing of gait,” which is the sudden inability to move.
Gunlock is using music as a way to help Jennings after he was still struggling despite physiotherapy approaches. She then plays the 1979 country song “Good Ole Boys Like Me” by Don Williams. Larry bobs his head to the music, internalizes the rhythm, then is guided by Gunlock around the house. Eventually, he is able to walk unaided.
“I literally had goosebumps for hours! He became so steady and confident that he just pushed his walker off to the side and continued to ambulate without any [help]! I have never seen results of this magnitude this quickly before and by the end of the session we were all in tears but they were definitely happy tears!” Gunlock wrote in a social media post sharing the moment.
Many people with Parkinson’s disease often react well to the use of music in therapy sessions. Another individual, J.M. Tolani, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 49. He was once a photojournalist. The disease, however, made it hard to be on his feet and to carry heavy equipment.
A support group recommended dancing so he took a class called Dance for PD. “I found I could move, and the dancing seemed to provide a replacement for the dopamine I lost in the brain. Dancing motivates me and makes me happy, flexible, and mobile,” Tolani said to WebMD.
This is backed by scientific studies that suggest dance training with music can actually slow the progression of the disease.