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

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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Diet and Pesticides – Interesting Reading from Dr. Becky Farley

AMAZING!  Dr. Greger does it again.  A wonderful example of how diet can be protective against pesticides that may cause DNA mutations that trigger PD and other diseases.  The flavonoid phytonutrients in berries appear to interfering with the build up and clumping of the alpha-synuclein protein that leads to cell death.  If you read or watch…

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Navigating the Storm – Caregiver Tools – Wellness Series – June 2019

Navigating the Storm – Tools for Caregivers June 20th, 2019 4:00 – 5:30PM Join us and registered nurse,Tani Bahti, as we explore the common challenges faced by care partners for those with progressive illnesses. She will empower individuals with the tools needed to overcome these challenges and provide effective methods of asking for help. Issues…

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American Parkinson Disease Association

PWR! Presentation in Tucson May 7th, 2019 – free open to the public

Taken from the American Parkinson Disease Association Email:   Community Announcement for Tucson Monthly Parkinson’s Disease Education Series Tuesday, May 7, 2019 2:00 to 3:30 pm Topic: Exercise and Physical Therapy Speaker: Nancy Nelson Nancy Nelson manages the PWR!Gym in Tucson. PWR stands for Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery. She is a Certified Personal Trainer and fitness…

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PWR! Wellness Series: Music Therapy

Music Therapy for PD May 16, 2019 4:00-5:30PM Participating in musical activities is not only enjoyable, but music transcends all ages, cultures and abilities. Research has shown that music affects many areas of the human brain (motor, language and cognitive function) by activating multiple neuro-pathways. Join board-certified music therapist, Sarah Laing, as she discusses and…

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Alpha Epsilon Delta Dodgeball Tournament Benefitting PWR!

Let us tell you about a wonderful community event benefitting PWR! In our lead up to National Parkinson Month, the PWR! staff was delighted to participate in a dodgeball tournament hosted by Alpha Epsilon Delta at the University of Arizona. AED is the university’s National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society dedicated to the encouragement and recognition…

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Spring 2019 Intern Perspectives on being at PWR!

The PWR! Gym has been very fortunate to have a relationship with the School of Public Health at the University of Arizona.  They have provided us with some amazing interns that have been assets to have at our organization.  During the Spring Semester we were very lucky to have 3 Public Health Interns, 2 from…

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From Dr. Becky Farley

Proper Nutrition May Prevent More Severe Motor Problems in Parkinson’s, Study Suggests “A team of international researchers explored the link between Parkinson’s severity and obesity, focusing on whether excess fat was deposited at the hip and thigh areas (gynoid), or at the abdominal region (android). The investigators also assessed if nutritional status might alter the…

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PWR! Retreat

Our educational speakers are confirmed and we have new and exciting content for all to enjoy. Take a moment to look at the speakers for the PWR! Retreat May 26th – June 1st, 2019. Visit the speaker list here. We are so excited and registration is about to close! Come and enjoy meeting new friends…

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month We support the community impacted by Parkinson’s every way we can. Working hands-on with people with Parkinson’s, providing a strong support system for care partners, and sharing information and research through our educational Community Talks and Wellness Series around the country are a few of the ways we make a…

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PWR! Wellness Series: CBD

CBD: What is it, how can it help with Parkinson symptoms? April 18, 2019 4:00-5:30PM Join us in the discussion with Micaela Hornstein, DPT, as she explains what CBD is, how it works in the body, and how it affects someone with Parkinson’s! With a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Doctorate of Physical Therapy,…

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Upcoming PWR!Moves Workshops

PWR!Moves Upcoming Workshops Instructor workshop in Colorado Springs, CO on March 2-3, 2019 Therapist workshop in Center Valley, PA on March 23-24, 2019  *waitlist Instructor workshop in Tucson, AZ on March 30-31, 2019 Therapist workshop in Seattle, WA on April 6-7, 2019 *one spot left Therapist workshop in Mesa, AZ on April 13-14, 2019 Therapist…

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Pay Less Taxes & Support PWR!

Did you know that there’s a pending AZ Bill that would allow you to reduce the state taxes you pay by supporting PWR!? Let us tell you about it! The current AZ Tax Credit allows residents who make cash contributions to qualifying nonprofits to reduce their state income taxes by up to $400 (single taxpayers)…

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PWR! Wellness Series: Mime Over Matter

MIME OVER MATTER! PD Tricks from the World of Mime and Circus   March 21, 2019   4:00-5:30PM Come explore basic mime techniques—visualization, articulation of gesture, creative use of imagery and space— with mime, Rob Mermin, as a method for coping with PD movement limitations in daily activity. Rob founded the award-winning Circus Smirkus and Parkinson’s Performance…

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Upcoming PWR!Moves Workshops

PWR!Moves Upcoming Workshops * Therapist workshop in Newnan, GA on February 9-10, 2019 * Therapist workshop in San Antonio, TX on February 16-17, 2019 * Instructor workshop in Colorado Springs, CO on March 2-3, 2019 * Therapist workshop in Center Valley, PA on March 23-24, 2019 * Instructor workshop in Tucson, AZ on March 30-31,…

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New at the PWR!Gym & More

  We have a lot of new smiling faces at PWR! from staff to interns. Take a moment to read about each of these amazing new people helping us!   Visit our website for more about Natasha, Dom and Travis     New Group Classes coming February 4th!! You may have noticed that we are really busy at…

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Be a PWR!ful Part of Parkinson Science

  Gut Bacteria Affect Metabolism of Parkinson’s Therapy Levodopa, Study Shows  https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/2019/01/24/gut-bacteria-affect-parkinsons-therapy-levodopa-metabolism-study-shows/     Patient differences in gut bacteria may reduce the effectiveness of medications and contribute to the development of dyskinesias.  This study implies that people that have high levels of a specific type of gut bacteria (tyrosine decarboxylase) may need more medications over time…

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Parkinson Disease: How Speech Therapy Can Help

Parkinson Disease: How Speech Therapy Can Help FEBRUARY 21, 2019 4:00-5:30 PM   Come engage with speech-pathology experts, Dori and Natalie, to learn more about the neurophysiological changes associated with Parkinson Disease. Discover the role of speech pathology in the treatment of voice, speech, and swallowing problems most frequently experienced with PD. High quality speech…

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PWR!Step – Seated to warm up the hips. – PWR! Move of the Month

PWR! Move of the Month   The PWR!Step in the seated position is a great exercise for any clients who have difficulty getting in/out of a car or a booth at a restaurant. Start with the stepping, add in a sit to stand, and then have your client go out to their car and practice…

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Hello to new staff and interns at PWR! for January 2019

Natasha Jabbar Natasha Jabbar joined Parkinson Wellness Recovery | PWR! in January 2019 and will serve as the organization’s Director of Advancement. In this role, Natasha is responsible for developing key strategic partnerships and alliances within the scientific, medical, and business communities. As Director of Advancement, she will oversee the organization’s outreach, funding, and advocacy…

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Upcoming PWR!Moves Workshops & Discounts

  PWR!Moves Upcoming Workshops   Therapist workshop in St. Augustine, FL on January 12-13, 2019 Instructor workshop in Chapel Hill, NC on January 19-20, 2019 Therapist workshop in Newnan, GA on February 9-10, 2019 Instructor workshop in Tucson, AZ on February 2-3, 2019 Instructor workshop in Colorado Springs, CO on March 2-3, 2019 Therapist workship…

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Emily Presents and Dr. Farley Recommends

I want to encourage all our PWR!Gym members and anyone with PD to participate in this very important study trying to identify the lifestyle factors associated with slower disease progression! These factors may help people in the future by providing information about what you can do to stay better and live well with PD. Dr.…

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