InMotion Volunteers Being Honored at Pals In Motion

One reason InMotion is able to offer services at no cost to clients is due to our many volunteers who help us day in and day out, week after week – at the front desk and in our classes. We would not be able to do what we do without them! We are thanking them for all that they do by dedicating the 2018 Pals In Motion race in their honor. ...

Episode 11 – The Dopamine Dialogues

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Make a follow-up appointment in six months,” my movement disorders specialist, Dr. Bright, told me at my first appointment with him. I walked out of his office with a life-changing diagnosis, relieved that I didn’t need tests, medication or other interventions, but in a kind of stupor, wondering how I was supposed to fold this new knowledge about myself into the fabric of my everyday life — for the next six months! ...

InMotion Appoints New Members to the Board of Directors

InMotion is pleased to announce the appointment of seven new members to our Board of Directors. Please join us in welcoming:

Jim Bickel

Jim has an over 35-year career in Information Technology management and consulting in several different industries and assignments.  Most recently Jim was the IT Director for the Cleveland Foundation for 15 years.  His education background includes a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Penn State University. ...

Episode Ten: Is the Honeymoon Over?

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Parkie:” consonants give this diminutive a derogatory bite, but it’s the name generally accepted by those of us with PD. The first time I heard someone in our Parkinson’s Facebook group call herself a “Parkie,” I cracked up. A few weeks later, because my arms don’t swing when I’m walking unmedicated — a classic PD characteristic — I laughed even harder when a fellow Parkie referred to people without Parkinson’s as “arm swingers.”

I’ve felt buoyed, belonging to a club in which laughing at our serious disease is allowed, encouraged, even prescriptive.

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Episode Nine: The Dopamine Diaries

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration, and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

In recent years, the brain, with its nearly 100 billion neurons that make at least 100 trillion connections, has become hot territory, science’s final frontier. And of all the brain’s chemicals, dopamine, the chemical messenger that becomes depleted in people with Parkinson’s, is the media darling, “the Kim Kardashian of neurotransmitters,” because it’s often discussed in the context of risky behavior involving sex, drugs or gambling. ...

Programming changes coming in June

As you may have already noticed, InMotion classes are getting more and more popular by the day. As new people join our amazing community, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to find space in our classes.

As the InMotion program director, it is my passion to find solutions to meet our growing challenges. In order to better accommodate our community, last September we developed our color system so that every person with Parkinson’s who walks through our doors can maximize their time and potential to stay ahead of their symptoms. ...

Parkinson’s Pals merges with InMotion

We are thrilled to share that InMotion and Parkinson’s Pals have merged as of May 8, 2018. After more than three years of collaboration, our organizations have officially joined together to help serve the growing needs of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Established in 2011 as a grass-roots non-profit organization to raise awareness and funds for research to help find a cure for PD, Parkinson’s Pals held an annual fundraiser and distributed funds to The Michael J. ...

Episode Eight: Falling and Flying

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Journalist and documentary filmmaker Dave Iverson, who has Parkinson’s, has described Parkinson’s Disease as a disease of subtraction. It takes things away from you one by one — your arm swing, your walk, your balance, your smile, your voice. Because of this unstoppable subtraction, he’s said, you need to keep adding things into your life.

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Episode Seven: Drugs and Other Agents

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Have you been gambling or wanting sex constantly? Cleaning closets or shopping obsessively?” Dr. Bright asked me. “Sorry,” he added, smiling. “I have to ask.”

I laughed. I liked my MDS, Dr. Bright, a lot. A year and a half earlier, in January, 2010, I’d run to him from the licking flames of the it’s not the worst thing neurologist and the no self-pitiers MDS who’d diagnosed me with Parkinson’s. ...

Episode Six: Fight or Flight

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

In 1969, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist, introduced the hypothesis that people, when faced with a terrible diagnosis, will often pass through five emotional stages including, but not limited to, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. A scientist in our Parkinson’s Facebook group, Sara Riggare, has come up with another version of the stages of grief that describes the pro-activeness I associate with my friends with PD: shock (at hearing he news); sorrow (mourning the future you won’t have); searching (for information); sharing (supporting your patient community); and shaping (creating a new future for yourself). ...