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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 »

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

The One Best Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Posting for Dr. Hackney this month is Dr. Joe Nocera, PhD, an Assistant Professor in Neurology at Emory and a Health Science Specialist in the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center of Excellence for Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation. Dr. Nocera’s research interests include interactions between physical function and cognition with particular emphasis on the impact of dualRead 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.

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Exercise Files: Rehabilitation Programs That Engage Rhythmic Movement

You may have heard that movement programs that include auditory cues, in the form of metronome or music (aka, Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation or RAS) might help movements for people with PD. In PD, RAS with metronome beats has been used to improve walking. Studies have shown the positive effects of RAS on the symptoms ofRead 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 »