InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility
At 85, Lea Nixon, is adamant about her weekly boxing class at PD Gladiators to help control her PD symptoms.
Moving Day® NC Triangle on October 29, 2016 brings Parkinson's disease awareness to North Carolina.
Dr. Michael Okun is the national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation. "A delayed response for medications to kick in and start working is a huge issue for many of our patients who call the Parkinson's Foundation helpline," he said. "The inhaled levodopa formulation could potentially help these people and we look forward to larger studies focused on people" who struggle with these off periods, Okun said.
Lynn Braun, 62, of Deerfield, takes each step purposefully. She participated in the National Parkinson Foundation's fifth annual Moving Day Chicago in Lincoln Park on Sept. 24. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in early 2012, she is certified to coach classes at Rock Steady Boxing in Glenview. The Brauns have lived in Deerfield since 1980 when they bought their first home.
The FDA approved the first implant of the St. Jude Medical Infinity Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system and its DBS directional leads, the first directional lead approved in the US. Dr. Okun weighs in, “The Infinity DBS system has a newly designed DBS lead with segmented contacts, which can be used to tailor the DBS therapy approach for an individual patient...”
Moving Day® Rochester had a great turn out as thousands came out to move. More than 4,000 people have PD in the area. Great video of the walk embedded in article.
The Parkinson’s Awareness Group of Clayton County is planning its first annual walk-a-thon to be held in Guttenberg on October 1st. Proceeds from the event will be distributed to NPF’s Team Hope™ and establishing a local Parkinson’s support group.
It’s been about a decade since talks began connecting Parkinson’s and boxing therapy. Doctors tell us why it’s a winning combination. President of TeamHealth Ambulatory Care, Dr. Joseph Chow, said,” The exercise needs to focus on aerobic activity, some strength training and balance, and stretching. So with boxing, you almost have a perfect combination with all three.”
Dean Eoannou coached some of the most successful boxers to come out of Buffalo. Now he’s putting that life aside. He’s taking on new students whose fight extends beyond the ring. Eoannou has been training world champion for 15 years. That includes Ringside World Champion and Golden Gloves National Champion Wendy Casey. Casey said, “If he wasn’t there I don’t think I’d be doing what I’m doing now.”
Oliver and her peers in the support group have grown so close that they formed a team, Young Stiffs Shaking It Up, that is participating in Saturday’s National Parkinson Foundation’s fifth annual Moving Day Chicago walk for Parkinson’s, taking place in Chicago’s Lincoln Park.