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Brains Need Exercise Too

By Valeria Gary, CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist A commonly known fact is that physical activity is good for your health. It’s not just your muscles and heart that benefit from exercise. Physical activity is also good for cognitive* health. But don’t stop at just physical activity. Your brain needs to be “exercised” too. Research has shownRead More »

Interview with an Occupational Therapist – What You Need to Know

Interview Conducted by: Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified in LSVT-LOUD and SpeakOUT! Interviewee: Celina Parkman, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Kennestone Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation   Why would I need to see an occupational therapist if I already have a physical therapist? While a physical therapist works with strength and mobility, an occupational therapist works onRead More »

You Are Not As Loud As You Think

By Valeria Gary, M.A., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist Certified in LSVT-LOUD and SpeakOUT! Do your loved ones have trouble hearing you even though you are sure you are speaking with a normal voice? Can your hard-of-hearing spouse hear everyone but you? Do you get tired of repeating yourself? Do people seem to encourage you to talkRead More »

Emory Medical Students Helping PD Gladiators Measure Impact of Programs

We are a group of medical students at the Emory University School of Medicine volunteering with the PD Gladiators organization. Our mission is to help PD Gladiators build long-term records and demonstrate the efficacy of the programs. In order to accomplish this, we are asking any PwP’s who currently participate in PD Gladiators fitness classesRead More »

“Living Well with Parkinson’s: Nutrition and Neuroplasticity” – Event Highlights 30 Days of Hope

Written by Annie Long and Larry Kahn PD Gladiators has been conducting our 30 Days of Hope campaign to mark Parkinson’s Awareness Month, emphasizing the enormous potential of exercise and other lifestyle modifications to slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. The highlight of the campaign wasRead More »

The Role of a Physical Therapist in PD

Written by Amy Morse, PT, DPT With all of the information out regarding exercise and PD, it can be confusing to understand where a Physical Therapist (PT) fits in. A PT specializes in movement and should become a part of the allied health team immediately following diagnosis. A PD-specialized PT will use research-based principles to driveRead More »

Honored to Be a Gladiator

Hello fellow Gladiators! I’m honored to join this amazing group of people and look forward to getting to know you over the next few months as I visit your classes, hear more about your experiences and what I can do to better support your valiant efforts to fight Parkinson’s disease (PD). A little about meRead More »