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The Exercise Files: An Interview with the Founders of Israel’s “Dance Through Life” Program

I recently had the great pleasure of lecturing and teaching adapted tango workshops for people with PD, caregivers and physical therapists in Tel Aviv, Israel! Yulia Gamerman and Rita Elimelsh invited me to come work with their patients and colleagues and I got to see their thriving physical activity for people with PD– which happensRead More »

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

The Exercise Files: Standard of Care for Treatment of Balance Issues

This month Dr. Hackney consulted Dr. Ramon Gil for his perspective on treating balance issues in PD. Dr. Gil is a Board Certified Neurologist specializing in Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders. Dr. Madeleine Hackney:  I’m interested in what you would consider “standard of care/current practices” for the treatment of balance issues in PD. WhatRead More »

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 »

How to Choose a Physical Therapist for PD

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Cameron Jadali, PT, DPT, a physical therapist working at Emory University where he teaches in their doctorate of physical therapy program, conducts PD research with Dr. Lucas McKay, treats PD patients in the Movement Disorders Clinic, and receives specialty training to become a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. I wouldRead More »

Are my kids going to get PD?

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Dr. J. Lucas McKay, Ph.D., M.S.C.R., an Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Emory / Georgia Tech. Dr. McKay’s research interests include the effects of PD pathophysiology on balance, gait, and fall risk. He is also interested in PD epidemiology (who gets it and why) and in howRead 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 »