May 24th - May 30th, 2018
Exercise, Education, Enrichment and Empowerment
- 7 day/6 night Parkinson disease-specific exercise retreat
- Activities for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners
- Q&A with physicians and researchers who specialize in PD
- Personal attention from Dr. Becky Farley and her PWR! Team
- Set against the lovely back drop of Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
The PWR!Retreat is a weeklong (7 day/6 night) exercise-focused Parkinson disease-specific retreat and conference for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners. The PWR!Retreat will be held at the beautiful Scottsdale Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Experience a FUN, engaging way to learn all about, and put into practice, the latest research in exercise and PD – HOW to exercise, WHY you should exercise and the EFFECT exercise has on PD symptoms.
Dr. Becky Farley will be leading this week-long Parkinson Exercise Revolution personally along with her PWR!Team. In this remarkable exercise retreat, attendees will meet with therapists and physicians, as well as health and fitness professionals, all of whom understand exercise as it relates to Parkinson disease. There is also an entire track just for care partners offering detailed care partner education, support, empowerment and advocacy. We have added the opportunity for care partners to experience the exercise classes to improve their understanding and allow improved support during and after the PWR!Retreat.
Attendees will experience 3 FULL hours of daily PD-specific research-based group exercise sessions every day. Everyone starts the day with pole walking (partners included), then after breakfast, individuals with PD attend 2 of the following novel PWR! exercise classes*. During the morning PWR! exercise classes partners have an opportunity to participate in their own discussions and exercise programming.
Frank C. Church, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more than 30 years, Frank has successfully navigated life in academic medicine, which includes a research group recognized for advancing the principles of blood coagulation. He is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards from the University and the School of Medicine
In 2014, at the age of 60, Frank was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Frank will share a very personal journey with his Parkinson's diagnosis. While still working full time, he strives to: (i) better understand Parkinson's; (ii) perform community service (Planning Committee, Moving Day NC Triangle) and he recruited 25 people to join his team and walk at the 2016 Moving Day event; and (iii) offer support and education and describe his life in the blog “Journey with Parkinson’s” (http://journeywithparkinsons.com/). Additionally, (iv) with the help of his undergrad class, Frank published a book entitled “A Parkinson's Reading Companion”; (v) he has submitted 3 grant proposals on Parkinson’s; and (vi) he received a certificate in a PWR!Moves® Instructor Workshop.
Frank offers the following reassuring theme for anyone with Parkinson's: “I am still here, and you’re still here. We both have a lot yet to offer. Stay strong, stay hopeful, and stay you.” With or without Parkinson’s, Frank’s message will empower you to “live decisively in the forward direction, stay focused, and be persistent. Please, don’t give up.”
PWR! Retreat Keynote speaker 2017 was Frank C. Church, PhD
Participants can expect a full schedule all week long of exciting activities with a variety of topics. Start your day right with PWR! Pole Walking and a healthy breakfast, then continue through The Scottsdale Resort rotating through various activities. Join everything from group discussions and lectures, PWR! exercise classes, Qi Gong, Yoga, Care Partner Discussions, and more.
PWR! UP/ROCK/TWIST/STEP – Learn the building blocks of bigger and faster FUNction!
Integrating sports and traditional gym activities with a PD-specific twist.
Using larger amplitude movement, louder voices AND faster minds together at the same time.
*These neuro-fitness classes are designed to target PD-specific skills shown by research to interfere with everyday function and mobility (anti-gravity extension, weight shifting, axial mobility, transitional movements). The instructors are Certified PWR! Therapists and Fitness instructors that specialize in creating "learning" environments that are safe, yet physically and cognitively challenging, and that empower participants with reward-based feedback and meaningful, FUN, social interactions. This type of focus on progressive aerobic training and PD-specific skill acquisition is necessary to optimize brain health and repair function.
Other Education and Enrichment Programming
All PWR!Retreat participants will have the opportunity to take part in several breakout exercise sessions, such as Yoga, Dance, Tai Chi, as well as discuss PWR! Boosts.
Hands • Eyes • Breathing • Voice
How to incorporate them into your
daily exercise routine!
As always, several educational and “hot topic” sessions are included at the PWR!Retreat. Examples below are representative of sessions presented by national experts and movement disorder physicians from previous years:
• Non-motor Symptoms
• Latest research on Parkinson’s
• Medication questions
• and so much more!