SaddleBrooke Parkinson’s PWR! Moves 4 Balance Club

Dr. Larson

Join us on Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. for a presentation by Dr. Larson, neurosurgeon at UMC Banner. The talk is titled “Eight Questions to Making Behavior Change Stick When Dealing with Parkinson’s or Chronic Conditions.” Snacks will be provided.

Are you looking to change a specific behavior?

Are you willing to make this behavior change a top priority?

Have you tried to change this behavior before?

Do you believe there are inherent risks/dangers associated with not making this behavior change?

Are you committed to making this change, even though it may prove challenging?

Do you have support for making this change from friends, family, and loved ones?

Besides health reasons, do you have other reasons for wanting to change this behavior?

Are you prepared to be patient with yourself if you encounter an obstacle, barrier, and/or setbacks?

When dealing with any chronic conditions, there are often behaviors that can improve the quality of life.

In neurological pain education, the quote is, “Movement is the best pain killer in the world.” This is supported by science. Staying hydrated helps reduce pain itself and helps distribute medication in the body.

Twenty minutes hot and 20 minutes cold can be helpful to bring circulation to the area, and the cool helps reduce inflammation. Depending on what is going on, K-tape can help with sprains and bruises. Consult your provider, and when getting physical therapy, consider it a new lease on life. Put your heart into it and really do it at home, as you are guided. Continue to move after therapy is over to gain and keep your body functioning at optimum. Eat well and rest well, too. Have a wonderful 2022!

Our class is Tuesday and Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the SaddleBrooke One Arts and Crafts Center, Room 3, two days a week, which is really not enough. The members would benefit greatly from participating in two more sessions a week. Exercise, with the medication for Parkinson’s, is the most effective way to delay the progression of the disease and it helps with a better quality of life.

Go to to check if you have that coverage in your health policy, or you can call the number on the back of your insurance card. It is not provided by Medicare.

For AARP, United Healthcare, and other insurance plans, go to

For Blue Cross and other insurance plans, go to

Club Vice President Hans Von Michaelis can be reached at 303-549-4480.

Annual club dues are $10.

We are listed in SaddleBrooke One under exercise and support. We have quarterly support and educational meetings on the third Thursday of the month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the SaddleBrooke Arts and Crafts Center, Room 3, next to the gift shop. We offer free assessments. All are welcome!

Go to for Parkinson’s info and support.

BIG/PWR! Certified Trainer Vera Shury is now a health and wellness coach (W54776) and can be reached at 520-275-8755 or at [email protected].