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Parkinson's Disease is a disorder which takes its toll on an indivual's speech and movement. Often, body movements get smaller and a person's voice is much softer.

Genesis Medical Center has become only the second therapy program in Iowa to introduce  what's known as the Big-Loud treatment program. It is designed to slow down the progression of the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease.

Carlie Seamer has been living with Parkinson's for eight years. Genesis therapists are working with him on exaggerated body movements to address his balance and ability to walk. That's the Big Program.  Carlie's wife says the program is helping her husband to walk straighter and take bigger steps.

Gunther Mahler is also involved in the Big Program. With the help of a therapist, he's trying to strengthen his ability to grip money or hold on to a handle in the shower. Gunther's wife says her husband is moving better and is not in as much pain.

In the Loud Program, professionals measure voice volume. Carlie Seamer is part of that program. He goes through a series of exaggerated vocal exercises designed to help him monitor and control the volume of his voice.  Loud teaches people to speak strongly and forcefully.  

Genesis therapists are certified in Big-Loud. Patients do need a referral from a medical doctor for both programs. The program is offered at Genesis West and other Genesis facilities.

Amplified movements at high intensity. Loud was developed around 1987. The Big is three years old.