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Jim Dahl tries an exercise during a class designed for people with Parkinson's disease. The classes at Bethesda Wellness Center in Willmar, in addition to physical therapy, help preserve strength, balance and range of motion. The program uses the "big" principle of large, amplified movements, a concept developed two decades ago to address the types of neurological issues seen in Parkinson's disease. (Tribune photo by Gary Miller)

Bethesda in Willmar, Minn., develops pilot project specializing in Parkinson's disease

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WILLMAR -- Jim Terhune, 82, was set to drive to the Twin Cities -- a 200-mile round trip -- for intensive daily therapy to help manage Parkinson's disease.

But it turned out he could receive therapy much closer to home, through a comprehensive Parkinson's care program launched this year by Bethesda Health and Housing.

Since completing the physical therapy classes a few months ago, his symptoms have stabilized, Terhune said. "I'm not losing. It's a tremendous help."

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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