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Melissa Wenzel, director of Club Bethesda at the Bethesda Wellness Center in Willmar, shows off one of the features of Bethesda’s new outdoor Parkinson’s path. Developed with support from the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, the path’s real-world environment will help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their gait, balance, mobility and overall well-being. (Tribune photo by Anne Polta)

Outdoor path helps improve physical, mental well-being for people with Parkinson’s disease


WILLMAR — A winding brick walkway and garden is helping people with Parkinson’s disease gain strength, balance and confidence in navigating real-life environments.

The new path, developed by Bethesda Health and Housing with funding from the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, was introduced at a community open house this week.

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Anne Polta

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