Making an impact on the Parkinson’s community

Kayla Roske’s passion for caregiving started in the wellness department.

“I had the opportunity to work for Knute Nelson going through college and was able to see the impact that the community had with our wellness department,” says Kayla. “That’s what got me started and got me hooked – it’s been ten years.”

Kayla Roske

As a fitness trainer at Grand Arbor by Knute Nelson in Alexandria, Minnesota, Kayla has impacted the community with her dedication to improve the quality of life of those diagnosed with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. Her eagerness to help her patients and positive attitude has inspired her patients and their families to prioritize good health when dealing with Parkinson’s.

“I walked into her office and immediately knew that not only did someone know what I was going through, but genuinely cared,” says the wife of one of Kayla’s Parkinson’s patients. “With her guidance, I have learned about the importance of diet, sleep, medications and exercise. Her inspiration keeps me going and in turn, some of that enthusiasm rubs off on my husband.”

NeuroFit, one of the programs that Kayla has developed, is one of a kind in the U.S. and has grown from four participants to over 40. Kayla’s patients admire her commitment to their health and quality of life. “I can honestly say I would not be in the condition I am in if it was not for this class,” says one of her patients. “I am the best I can be right now.”

Patients and their families are continuously learning from Kayla, but her favorite part about the job is being able to learn from them. “I always say they give me way more than I could ever give them,” says Kayla. “What I think people should know the most about caregiving is how rewarding it is.”

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