InMotion Welcomes Nancy McCann as Chief Advancement Officer!

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAVLAAAAJDE5NzExM2JiLWY3YjUtNDUxZC05MjVhLWE4NmRiMjNmY2E0NwInMotion is proud to announce that Nancy McCann has joined its administrative team as its Chief Advancement Officer, responsible for fundraising and marketing communications.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nancy to InMotion so that she can help us insure our sustainability as we work to help meet the wellness needs of people with Parkinson’s and movement disorders,” said Judy Peters, InMotion co-chair of its development committee. “All of our services are offered free to the community, and in the past year we’ve seen tremendous need, tremendous growth, and evidence that every day we’re improving the lives of those managing PD.”

McCann recently served as the Chief Development Officer for the Western Reserve Land Conservancy, managing its advancement team and developing its strategic fundraising plan. ...

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. ...

A New Definition of Parkinson’s Disease

Although the issue has not gained many headlines, a great deal of energy is being expended by movement disorders neurologists to develop a new way of thinking about Parkinson’s disease. This effort has been prompted by two major trends: a growing recognition that traditional definitions are inadequate, and an assortment of new scientific discoveries that compel us to broaden our understanding of what exactly constitutes Parkinson’s disease.

To neurologists, the classic definition of Parkinson’s disease in patients consists of a combination of clinical (i.e., symptoms and physical examination findings) abnormalities: tremor, muscle rigidity, a characteristic impairment of voluntary movement (reduced in speed, size and quantity), and posture and balance problems. ...

New Center Brings Hope

Delighted to share this terrific story (Today’s Family Magazine, April 29, 2015) on InMotion’s evolution and the hope we afford people with Parkinsons.

“A 67-year-old retired registered nurse with an extensive background in research, Maria suddenly found herself in the role of patient, with the haunting three words “incurable, progressive, and debilitating” looming over a future she had envisioned with her husband, Gene, their family, and grandchildren. 

“Those are big words,” Maria said. ...