Symposium Event Recap: Art, Creativity, Jewish Genetics and Parkinson’s

On Sunday April 2nd, over 200 people attended a fascinating symposium at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, combining art, creativity, Jewish genetics and Parkinson’s.

Organized and hosted by InMotion co-founder and Michael J. Fox Foundation Patient Advisory Council member Dr. Karen Jaffe, the symposium brought together people from several different worlds to inform and inspire.

Artist Peter Leventhal and his compelling and emotional paintings that make up his “Lamed-Vav” series were on display in The Temple’s beautiful new art gallery. ...

Taking it to Capitol Hill: PD Advocacy Reflections from a Carepartner by Marc Jaffe

On Feb. 28, 2017, InMotion founder Karen Jaffe and I (her husband Marc) spent the day on Capitol Hill along with 200 other advocates, meeting with Representatives and Senators to express the concerns of the Parkinson’s community.

This was the first year that the Michael J. Fox Foundation had organized this day, having recently combined with The Parkinson’s Action Network. They prepared us well, with an all-day seminar so we knew what issues to bring up and how best to get the Congress men and women and their staffers to care. ...

“Cooking” for InMotion: Fundraising in the Community

“‘What’s Cookin’ Girlfriend?”

Trish Adler (pictured center), a very dear friend of InMotion board director Karen Hess (pictured right), graciously opened her home one evening in early February to host “What’s Cookin’ Girlfriend” – an evening of cooking, socializing, and introducing friends of Parkinson’s to InMotion.

Bruce Sternberg, of Around Downtown Catering, kicked off the evening with a cooking demonstration of his delicious Garden Vegetable Chowder. The guests, all wearing vintage aprons in the spirit of the evening, enjoyed the dish and a selection of appetizers, wine, and desserts donated through Bruce, throughout the evening. ...

Reflections from a Carepartner…

Care Partner Versus Don’t Care Partner

by Marc Jaffe

My wife has Parkinson’s. I’m her “care partner.” Or sometimes, I’m her “don’t care partner.” It all depends on whether she wants me to care about how she feels or not.
It’s not always easy to know which she wants me to be.

For example: If I notice her gait isn’t right when we’re out for a walk, I’ll know to cut it short. ...

InMotion Needs Your Help with the PATH Initiative!

InMotion Community, we are excited and proud to introduce The PATH Initiative!

InMotion founders Karen Jaffe & Ben Rossi recently attended the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) and spent the greater portion of their time spreading the word about InMotion. They fielded lots of questions about how exactly InMotion was formed. They had a lot to share!

Clients of InMotion, have the opportunity to experience the benefits of community exercise programming at the highest level. ...

Dr. Karen Jaffe Awarded International Parkinson’s Community Service Award!

We are proud to announce that Dr. Karen Jaffe, an InMotion founder, has been chosen as one of the three recipients awarded the Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Services Award 2015, announced on World Parkinson’s Day, April 11, 2016. Dr. Jaffe’s inspirational work and the great passion she devotes to improving the lives of those affected with Parkinson’s disease has been officially recognized by the World Parkinson’s Program.

Congratulations, Karen! ...

The Other Side of the Fence

Parkinson’s disease … diagnosis, symptoms, medicines … standard fare and easy to talk about. But for me and I suspect many others, there is much more to the story. Each of us has our own burdens when it comes to this disease … secrets, worry, loneliness. I now admit that this is a disease that I have had to get my head wrapped around … perhaps you have had as well. ...