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! ...

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.” ...

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. ...

An Optimistic Approach

My role as the Director of Physical Wellness for InMotion has been inspired by a combination of 20 years working in the fitness industry ( the last seven of which were spent in the trenches working with the Parkinson’s community), and by my time as an Ambassador for the Michael J. Fox Foundation with the Partners in Parkinson’s movement.

The focus of my blog will be to offer you an optimistic approach to living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD.)  ...

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. ...

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., ...

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. ...