Welcome to an archive of our Articles posted to the PWR! Website.

PWR! Move of the Month

 PWR! Up to Stand up! Use the PWR!Moves to move in and out of a couch seated and stand position. Emily uses a PWR! Up in the crab position to get in and out of the couch. PWR! lifting hips to scoot in and out. With a PWR! Up to Stand up! Thanks Emily for…

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We are Growing! Looking for New Staff.

We are looking for new staff at PWR! at the location in Tucson. Below are the job descriptions and directions for applying. Thank you for your interest!   Operations Coordinator Parkinson Wellness Recovery | PWR! is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement worldwide access to cutting-edge, Parkinson disease-specific, neuroplasticity-principled exercise programs…

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Making a PWR!ful Difference – Ginny Olson Richardson

Making A PWR!ful Difference Ginny Olson Richardson This month, we express heartfelt gratitude to Ginny Olson Richardson, a lifelong artist and long-time PWR!Gym member, who is making a PWR!ful difference. Ginny recently decided to do something special to thank to the Parkinson Wellness Recovery family. Having created a sizable collection of her own artwork over…

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PWR! Wellness Series

Pelvic Floor Helene Bouchard, PT   Bladder problems and incontinence are common among those with Parkinson’s. Helene Bouchard, a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic health, will be discussing why Parkinson’s impacts incontinence and what can be done to lessen this problem. She will also be discussing how to lift the taboo that comes along…

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Rock Steady Boxing Tucson at the PWR!Gym

Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing program designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. Research suggests that exercise involving high intensity, large movements, such as boxing, can slow the progression of the disease and decrease the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Our classes include a variety of exercises adapted from boxing drills that work on agility,…

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Jan/Feb 2020 – Nationwide Community Talks

FREE COMMUNITY TALKS Open to the Public Upcoming Community Talks offered: York, PA on January 3rd – Download Flyer Austin, TX on February 14th – Download Flyer For people with Parkinson disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonisms, theircare partners, medical, healthcare, and fitness professionals, and othermembers of the PD community. All are welcome!

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Happy Holiday Lights-PWR!Move

Nancy Nelson’s PWR! Move of the month from last December was so popular that we thought we would bring it back! This fun PWR! Move of the Month includes a pair of great lighted gloves to emphasize your movements. The music and the spirit just add to the fun! We encourage you to have fun…

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AZ event with the Michael J Fox Foundation

We invite you to attend this free event with us! Look for Nancy Nelson and wear your PWR! shirts. Together, we are a PWR!ful group of Parkinson exercise advocates! We look forward to seeing you there. __ Join us in Phoenix, AZ on January 11 at a free @MichaelJFoxFoundation event. #ParkinsonsIQ + You empowers people…

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PWR! Gym Holiday Party

PWR! Gym Holiday Party Thursday, December 19th – 4:00-5:30PM 140 W Ft Lowell Rd, Tucson Please RSVP at 520-591-5346 Get ready for an afternoon of holiday fun! We will have activities such as a photo booth, cookie decorating, snacks, and the opportunity to socialize with fellow members of the PWR!Gym family. We will also have…

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PWR!UP for the PWR!Move of the Month

The PWR! Move of the Month for November 2019: Using your PWR!Up to help you lift your children/grandchildren during the holidays. With the holidays around the corner, you may get the opportunity to spend time with your children and grandchildren. As we all know, when we lift babies and toddlers off of the floor, it…

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PWR! Wellness Series: Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy

Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy Philip R. Johnson, PhD Movement Disorder Alleviation Therapy (MDAT)™, developed by Philip Johnson, is a non-medical intervention for treating motor and non-motor symptoms of movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). In this presentation, Dr. Johnson will review the protocol for MDAT™, discuss results from two case studies, and present findings…

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PWR!Move of the Month

Our PWR! Move of the month comes from Catherine “Cat” Printz of PWR!

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Happy National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month. At the PWR! Gym, physical therapists play a vital part in guiding your movement, from your initial diagnosis with parkinsonism, throughout your lifetime. Physical therapists are board-certified professionals who are required to have their master’s degree or higher in physical therapy in order to practice. They receive training in…

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“EmPWR” Yourself! – Wellness Series

Dawn Hecht, MS, CCC-SLP will be presenting an educational and informational discussion on the exciting new and affordable choices you have in independent living, assisted living, private care homes and memory support. She will also discuss the TEN important things you must do in the year prior to moving into a retirement home. Be empowered…

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The Victory Summit – Davis Phinney – Foundation for Parkinson’s

Join the Davis Phinney Foundation for a Free Event to help you live well.   Visit the Davis Phinney website to Register or call 1-888-364-6415

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Move of the Month – PWR! Walk

The PWR! Move of the Month for September 2019Our PWR!Move of the month is brought to us by Jennifer Bazan-Wigle. Join Jenn in the PWR!Move as she demonstrates how to make your walking more PWR!ful by incorporating all 4 PWR!Moves. For more about Jennifer, you can visit her PWR!Professionals directory listing here.

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Lots of smiling new faces at PWR!

Welcome to Jenna Munson!! She joins the wonderful PWR! front office team as the Therapy Coordinator. Jenna brings a strong background of customer service in the medical field. She loves to meet new people and see the progress that physical therapy can bring to patients’ lives. She’s looking forward to getting to know our PWR!Gym members. If you have not…

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Mapping the future of Parkinson’s and more….

Interesting reading and watching from Dr. Becky Farley A video intro to understanding the Genetics of Parkinson disease from the Parkinson’s Foundation. At only 7.5 minutes long, it is an excellent resource to view.Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Youtube Video link Why Some Dairy Products Are More Closely Linked to Parkinson’s Disease“High levels of organochlorine…

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PWR! Wellness Series: Fall Prevention

Fall Prevention Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among people over 60 years old. The base cause of most falls is fear. This presentation will look at what causes fear, how it works to make a fall likely, and what we can do to lessen fear and fall risk. It will look at…

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Farewell Hannah

Farewell Hanna Kleinbart On July 26th the PWR!Gym said goodbye to Hannah Kleinbart. She is leaving to spend a year in Madrid, Spain. It is hard to believe that she has been with us a year. Hannah came to the PWR!Gym initially as an intern from the University of Arizona, School Of Public Health. She…

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PWR! Outreach

Outreach. We love to be in the community reaching out and PWR!ing Up!   PMD Alliance invited PWR!‘s very own Nancy Nelson to lead a movement break out session at their Spotlight On Treatment Conference. Nancy had the whole room in a PWR!Move!   Nancy and Natasha attended the Oro Valley Chamber – Non-Profit Vendor…

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PWR!Move of the Month: Resistance Bands

The PWR! Move of the Month for August 2019   We know the PWR!Moves are the building blocks for function. They are all that and so much more! We often have people tell us they need to work on strength. In addition to being functional, the PWR!Moves work on strength with or without added resistance.…

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TWISTED UP on the OUTSIDE?

What can you do when your movement disorder gets you TWISTED UP on the OUTSIDE?   Dystonia may be the reason why your muscles twist in ways that you do not want them to. Dystonia is a disorder that causes involuntary, repetitive, twisting muscle movements. It can occur on its own, or with Parkinson disease.…

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