Blogs

InMotion founders, Dr. David Riley, Dr. Karen Jaffe, and Ben Rossi (who is also InMotion’s Program Director), are a font of information and inspiration for the InMotion community. We invite you to read their blogs for an extra dose of wisdom, experience and encouragement.

Click on the title of each article to read them in full.

Recent Posts…

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. ...

InMotion Research Presented at WPC Shows Value of Physical Activity for PD Clients.

At the 4th World Parkinson Congress held in Portland, Oregon September 20-23, 2016, a group of researchers affiliated with InMotion presented a poster entitled “Early Results on Preservation of Motor Performance in a Community-Based Exercise Program”. The poster text detailed the results of a study of 28 volunteers with Parkinson’s disease attending physical activity programs (dance, exercise, sports, tai chi, yoga) at InMotion. Each person was individually assessed on the basis of a number of tests of physical performance at the beginning of their attendance at InMotion, and after 6 months of participation. ...

InMotion Cycling class, Spinning for PD is on at the YMCA!

All new!

On September 29th,  the new Spinning for PD class had its first meeting at the Warrensville Heights YMCA.

Our InMotion group will meet every Thursday at 10am and cycle together.

We invite you to join us!

The class is FREE for InMotion clients and a YMCA membership is not required. 

The Warrensville Heights YMCA is located at 4433 Northfields Rd., Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
Learn to:
–  Become familiar with spinning bike features
–  Learn to set-up your bike for class
–  Become familiar with RPM’s & cadence
–  Learn about heart rate zones and your health

We will go for short and then longer rides as we begin to feel more comfortable! ...

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! ...

Physical Activity and Parkinson’s Disease

It is common knowledge that the brain directs physical activity. For example, most people know that paralysis from a stroke is due to damage to the brain. It is only in recent years, however, that scientific investigators have begun to appreciate the other direction of this relationship, namely the role of physical activity in promoting brain health. This recognition has turned out to have enormous implications for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. ...

Nonmotor Manifestations of Parkinson’s Disease

The idea that Parkinson’s disease involves more than its classic motor symptoms (tremor, slowness, shuffling, etc.) is not new. Even James Parkinson recognized this in his seminal publication describing this disease in 1817. However, it is only in the last 25 years or so that neurologists have taken a serious, in-depth look at the nonmotor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease. What they have found has evolved into a rich field of study that has both permitted a greater understanding, and revealed greater levels of complexity, of Parkinson’s disease than previously known. ...