Janice Moia Rock Steady Boxing trainer

Parkinson’s Event Offers Health, Hope, Happiness

Free afternoon for patients and caregivers April 26 in Suntree


(Suntree, FL) April 9, 2018 – Parkinson’s disease is a chronic movement disorder, with symptoms that worsen over time.  3,000 of the nearly one million people living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S. are here on the Space Coast.  On Thursday, April 26, the Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard and One Senior Place will present Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Scott Center for the Performing Arts at Holy Trinity Academy, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive in Suntree, 32940.  The educational event will feature three speakers and is designed to provide guidance and hope for those afflicted with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as for caregivers of family members with a PD diagnosis.  Often developed between the ages of 50 and 60,  Parkinson’s Disease symptoms include tremors or shaking, often in a hand, arm or leg, stiff, weak or aching muscles and difficulty with walking and balance.  For more information about Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness, call 321-751-6771.


Three main topics will be covered by experts and health care professionals.  Dr. Ira Goodman of BioClinica will provide information about the latest clinical trials for Parkinson’s disease; Susan Blakeslee of VITAS Healthcare will lead a discussion on the relationship dynamics and challenges for Parkinson’s patients and their spouses/caregivers; and details on the ‘Rock Steady Boxing’ exercise program will be presented by fitness trainers Janice Moia of Advance Fitness and David DiQuollo of Unlimited Kickboxing. Event sponsorships for the free event are providing funding for Rock Steady Boxing training and certification for the aforenamed facilitators.


Marieke Kreps, president of the Brevard Parkinson’s Support Group, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization, explains why Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness will be valuable to attendees.


“Navigating resources and information can be overwhelming for a Parkinson’s patient or caregiver,” said Ms. Kreps.  “At this inspirational event, medical professionals and experienced advocates will share information about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, drug and surgical therapies, and a variety of care options.  We want people to know there is hope and support for those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.”


PHOTO ATTACHEDFitness Trainer Janice Moia of Advance Fitness in Melbourne takes client Jeff Wallace through a session of Rock Steady Boxing.  Ms. Moia will discuss the benefits of the Rock Steady Boxing exercise program at Parkinson’s: Health, Hope & Happiness in Melbourne on April 26.  For more information, call 321-751-6771.


Event poster attached



What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Source: From the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: http://www.pdf.org/about_pd

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options such as medication and surgery to manage its symptoms. The specific group of symptoms that an individual experiences varies from person to person. Primary motor signs of Parkinson’s disease include the following.

  • tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • postural instability or impaired balance and coordination


About Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard – Originally organized as a traditional support group, The Parkinson’s Support Group of Brevard was awarded a not-for-profit 501c3 status in 2017.  The group boasts an advisory board comprised of many professionals in the healthcare industry, as well as those whose family members have been affected by the disease.  The goal is to provide professional education, community resources, and guidance for members, with funds raised through a series of sponsored Care Fair events.  For more information, visit their website www.brevardparkinsonsg.org or contact Marieke Kreps s_m_kreps@msn.com.


ABOUT ONE SENIOR PLACE– Now in its 11th year, One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging, is a marketplace of resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their family caregivers in Central and East Central Florida.  Completely unique, One Senior Place at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road in Viera is a one-stop information hub and mini-mall “revolutionizing the way America shops for elder care and services.”  One Senior Place is home to a wide variety of senior-focused businesses, a resource library and is the site of educational seminars and presentations for seniors.  In 2008, One Senior Place was named Florida’s Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  In Brevard, they were honored as  Business of the Year by the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A second location, One Senior Place Orlando, opened in Altamonte Springs in December of 2011.  More information about One Senior Place and One Senior Place Orlando can be found on the company website at www.OneSeniorPlace.com or by calling 321-751-6771.