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

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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Dance for PD

PWR! Wellness Series: Dance for PD Join us and teaching artist, Debbie Braganza, as we experience the mentally, physically, and psychologically stimulating effects of dance! Dance is first and foremost a stimulating mental activity that connects mind to body. Debbie teaches at Dance for PD in Phoenix, AZ, where she uses dance as an effective…

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PWR! Retreat 2019 Wrap-Up

PWR! Retreat Class of 2019 worked so hard! Whether it was early morning pole walking, daily exercise classes (PWR!Moves, Circuit training, or Nexus), giant Jenga or Bollywood dance, every Retreat attendee brought their A-game! We congratulate all of our Attendees on their incredible accomplishment and all they achieved in one short week! We sincerely hope…

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Jimmy Choi helping prevent serious falls with Tuck and Roll

Jimmy Choi with the Tuck and Roll to avoid serious injury from a fall

American Ninja Warrior, Jimmy Choi, took our staff and volunteers through the “Tuck and Roll” while we were at the PWR! Retreat in May. As he explained, learning this skill can help save you from a serious injury if a fall should happen. The “Tuck and Roll” teaches you how to fall, so you can…

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Please join us at an upcoming PMD Alliance event.

PMD Alliance is hosting their Spotlight on Treatment Conference (a workshop for individuals impacted by Parkinson’s) on Thursday, July 25th. Invited speakers include Dr. Maria Cristina Ospina (PWR! Retreat 2019 Speaker) who will be addressing questions, such as: – Does your medication take too long to start working? – Is it wearing off before the…

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Legislation to help organizations helping those with Parkinson’s

Update – The AZ Tax Credit Bill (SB 1027) has been approved! We are delighted to report that, following months of testimony and advocacy by the Executive team at PWR!, Governor Ducey finally signed SB 1027 into law on June 7, 2019. Under the new law, the definition of qualifying organizations has been broadened to…

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World Parkinson Congress – Comparing forward and backward walking speeds

Delanee Schwartz thesis project presented at World Parkinson Congress 2019 “Comparing forward and backward walking speeds with age and disease severity in persons with Parkinson disease.”     Credits: Becky Farley, PT, MS, PhD; Delanee Schwartz BS; Valerie Carter, DPT; Tarang Jain, PT, PhD Parkinson Wellness Recovery, Tucson, Arizona; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona   Delanee…

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