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PD Gladiators Names Annie Long Associate Director

PD Gladiators is pleased to announce that Annie Long will serve as its new associate director effective October 2, 2017. Long brings a decade of nonprofit experience to PD Gladiators, including executive experience as the National Manager, Signature Events for the National Parkinson Foundation. As associate director, she will be responsible for PD Gladiators’ program-relatedRead More »

PD Gladiators Elects New Board of Directors, Adopts Sustainability Plan

ATLANTA, GA/November 22, 2016—The provider of the Atlanta region’s premier fitness network for people with Parkinson’s disease, PD Gladiators, Inc., announced today that it has adopted a sustainability plan and elected its 2017-2018 board of directors to lead the organization through a period of growth after tapping into an unmet need within the community. FoundedRead More »

Atlanta Journal Constitution Features PD Gladiators and LDBF’s Boxing Training for PD Program

The Atlanta Journal Constitution features an article in today’s edition about PD Gladiators and the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation’s Boxing Training for PD program, as well as the other classes in the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network. Please CLICK HERE to view the story by writer Laura Berrios.

APDA Georgia Chapter Awards PD Gladiators $10,000 Grant

ATLANTA – Effective September 1, the Georgia Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association awarded PD Gladiators a $10,000 program grant to support the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network. The network offers 50 weekly group exercise classes adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease throughout the Atlanta metro area and includes the YMCA of MetroRead More »

YMCA’s Parkinson Movement Program Empowers Healthy Living

This article is republished with the permission of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and first appeared in its 2015 Annual Report. At the Y, we strive to empower people in all life-stages and abilities to have the know-how and resources to improve their health, well-being and social connectedness. Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) areRead More »

Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat for People with PD on May 11th

Yellow River Center, a nonprofit which currently offers Tai Chi for PD classes as part of the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network is offering a Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat for people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners to be held on Wednesday, May 11 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. This relaxing,Read More »

Press Release: New Study Shows Regular Exercise Found to Slow Decline in Parkinson’s Disease

Media Contact: Elizabeth Clausen, +1 414-276-2145, eclausen@movementdisorders.org Regular Exercise Found to Slow Decline in Parkinson’s Disease SAN DIEGO – Regular exercise and increasing physical activity is associated with a slower decline in quality of life in Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients, according to a study released today at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and MovementRead More »

PD Gladiators Featured in National Parkinson Foundation’s #WhyWeFight Campaign

PD Gladiators is proud to be included in the National Parkinson Foundation‘s new national #WhyWeFight campaign as an example of a successful program funded through their Moving Day Community Grants program. In June 2014, PD Gladiators was awarded $15,000 to create the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network, an affiliation of independent fitness instructors, theRead More »

Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation and Ability Rehab Collaborate to Keep the PD Gladiators in Fighting Form

ATLANTA, April 6, 2015 – Music is blaring from the loudspeakers. Retired professional boxer Paul Delgado is in top form, striding purposefully, barking out combinations to almost two dozen boxers pounding bright red heavy bags. They’re breathing hard, dripping with sweat, but Delgado—a former champion who earned a reputation for never quitting in the ring–urgesRead More »

Emory’s Dr. Jorge Juncos Announces New Paradigm for Exercise and Physical Therapy Upon Parkinson’s Diagnosis

ATLANTA, March 3, 2015 – Dr. Jorge L. Juncos, Associate Professor of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and a Movement Disorder Specialist at the Emory Clinic, has proposed a new paradigm upon diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, recommending engagement of a physical therapist immediately and referral of PD patients to community-based exercise programs. Dr. Juncos–a member ofRead More »