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PD Gladiators Seeks Associate Director

PD Gladiators seeks a new part-time Associate Director (20-25 hours per week) to assist the organization’s Atlanta-based management team with (i) marketing its network of independent fitness instructors providing group exercise classes adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease (to the medical community as well as directly to patients), (ii) managing participant intake and follow-up, andRead More »

PD 101: Please Help Us Design an “Introduction to Living Well with Parkinson’s” Course

Meet Your Metro Atlanta Advocates: “Team Georgia” Takes Congress By Storm

On February 26 – 28, more than 200 advocates from 43 states attended the 2017 Parkinson’s Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), uniting the Parkinson’s community to learn about, discuss and take action on pressing policy issues related to Parkinson’s research, drug development and access to health care.Read More »

Food for Thought: Diet & Nutrition in PD

After attending the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland in September, I posted about a roundtable discussion with Dr. Laurie Mischley that I found to be the most illuminating event I attended at the WPC (see “News From the Front: Key Takeaways from the World Parkinson’s Congress, Part I (Diet, Exercise & Supplements“). Rather than studyRead More »

Guest Post: Connection Between Physical Wellness and Physical Therapy

Our guest blogger today, Rachel Christie, is a doctoral candidate at Emory University School of Medicine’s Physical Therapy program. This fall, she created and completed a directed study entitled “ Physical Wellness for Progressive Neurological Disorders: Parkinson’s Disease.” She would like to thank PD Gladiators, participants, and teachers “for graciously welcoming me into each class,Read More »

Our Featured PD Gladiator: Richard Roeder

Richard Roeder, our featured PD Gladiator, seems mild-mannered upon first meeting, but he is a fighter. First diagnosed with Parkinson’s in October 2014, the Cumming resident joined the Boxing Training for PD program operated by Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation about a year ago on the recommendation of his neurologist, Dr. Barry McCasland. He struggled for aRead More »

USA Today Features the LDBF-PD Gladiators Boxing Training for PD Program

Humankind’s inspirational video and the accompanying story appeared in USA TODAY online yesterday. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2016/11/18/how-local-boxing-gym-helping-seniors-punch-out-parkinsons/94025634/ If you the video doesn’t play on the link above, please try our facebook page: www.facebook.com/pdgladiators

News From the Front: Key Takeaways from the World Parkinson’s Congress, Part II (PT and Exercise: The “PATH” Forward)

The World Parkinson’s Congress brings together Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers and advocates from all over the world every three years to update the community on the latest developments in research and living well with the disease and to inspire us all to keep fighting. The Fourth WPC was held in Portland, Oregon on SeptemberRead More »

News From the Front: Key Takeaways from the World Parkinson’s Congress, Part I (Diet, Exercise & Supplements)

The World Parkinson’s Congress brings together Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, clinicians, researchers and advocates  from all over the world every three years to update the community on the latest developments in research and living well with the disease and to inspire us all to keep fighting. The Fourth WPC was held in Portland, Oregon on  September 21Read More »

PD Gladiators Co-Hosts “Living Well with Parkinson’s: Exercise” with the NPF

PD Gladiators co-hosted a symposium with the National Parkinson Foundation on Saturday, “Living Well with Parkinson’s: Exercise,” and the event was a huge success. A capacity crowd listened raptly to keynote speaker Emory’s Jorge Juncos, MD (a PD Gladiators director) make a clear and convincing case for exercise and physical therapy as primary treatments for Parkinson’s disease,Read More »