Parkinson’s Wellness Day: Fourth annual event April 18 in Scottsdale

A group shot of one of The J’s fitness classes that addresses Parkinson’s Disease. (Submitted photo)

The Valley of the Sun JCC hosts its fourth Harold and Jean Grossman Parkinson’s Wellness Day 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

The event is for those who suffer with Parkinson’s Disease and for their caregivers and features educational discussion from experts in the field.

Dr. Charles Adler, neurologist with the Mayo Clinic, covers what in the brain and body causes motor and non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms.

Dr. Padma Mahant, neurologist at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, speaks on how to recognize and manage non-motor symptoms of the disease.

At noon, participants are invited to the gym for a fun PWR!Circuit workout.

PWR stands for Parkinson’s Wellness and Recovery. The classes are research-based, integrated exercise and wellness programs designed to optimize the brain’s neuroplasticity and were developed by Dr. Becky Farley, a neuroscientist and physical therapist in Tucson, according to a press release.

“Our Harold and Jean Grossman Wellness Day is just one of the Parkinson’s programs enhanced through Mrs. Grossman’s generosity,” said The J CEO, Jay Jacobs, in a prepared statement. “We are grateful for her giving spirit and the difference she will make in the lives of our members and guests who suffer with PD. We invite all those who have Parkinson’s and their caregivers to attend.”

The Harold and Jean Grossman Parkinson’s Wellness Day at The J is offered in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute, Belmont Village Senior Living – Scottsdale and MeasurAbilities Home Safety.

The event includes a light breakfast and is free, but registration is required by April 16 at 1-877-728-5414.

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