Parkinson's Champion Relishes Life at Monarch Landing
Jul 16, 2015 4:57 PM -
When Lynn McHale moved to Monarch Landing in Naperville last April, she told her family she was going to her "new condo with every amenity imaginable. This is not a nursing home or elder facility; this is a retirement community with vibrant, vital, independent, interesting people," said the 64-year-old. It's also where McHale, president of the Midwest chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), who has the disease herself, can swim, travel, walk her dog on beautiful grounds and in a dedicated dog park, dine on delicious, healthy food, make new friends, and engage in the exercise classes that are critical to delaying the onset and progression of Parkinson's. "I was really impressed with the fitness instructors here and the advanced level of classes. I thought the program might not be as challenging as others, but it's been quite the opposite." When taking care of her former home in Aurora had become physically and financially draining, McHale (also a breast cancer survivor) made the decision to concentrate on herself and her health without the burden of maintaining a home and risking a life-threatening injury during the icy winter months. "I'll always remember my mother telling me that she waited too long to move from her own home; she told me never to do that," said McHale. "I can't imagine if I'd waited even a year or two longer. It would have been much more difficult physically."