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Wellness Facility for Parkinson’s Patients Opens in Gilbert


PHOENIX (Jan. 11, 2012) – People with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders often find themselves struggling or unable to perform activities that others can do with ease—but now that is changing with the opening of the Banner Neuro Wellness.

Banner Neuro Wellness will be a center for people with Parkinson’s disease and other neurologic disorders  to participate in wellness programs, fitness programs, adapted exercise programs, art classes, educational classes, support groups and other activities to stay engaged and participating fully in their families and their community or to re-engage with their families and their community.

“This center will be a safe place where people can participate in programs that will help them gain strength, improve balance, improve communication skills, and gain confidence. Banner Neuro Wellness will offer programs and classes that include arts and crafts, dance, Reiki, hand drumming, yoga, Tai Chi, weekly support groups, ‘Ask the Expert’ speakers, nutritional education, ‘PWR!’ Fitness, and more,” said Banner Neuro Wellness Manager Annette Edwards.

“The center employs a full time program manager and a full time exercise physiologist. The center will host community educational programs, bringing in experts in health and wellness issues and even provide help with things like estate planning and living wills. It will be a great resource for our community and those affected by neurological disorders.”

The Grand Opening/Open House will include a dedication ceremony with Gilbert’s Mayor John Lewis, tours and refreshments. 

  • When:  Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Dedication at 2:00 p.m.)
  • Where:  207 N. Gilbert Road, Suite 205 in Gilbert, AZ (In Historic Heritage Court.)
  • Cost: Free

Banner Neuro Wellness was made possible by the philanthropy of Alan and Sheila Fitzgerald. Sheila, who is a Parkinson’s patient herself, wanted to create a place where families and people with Parkinson’s could enjoy a better sense of community, increased socialization and ultimately, a higher quality of life.

For more information about the activities at Banner Neuro Wellness, call 480-699-0537.

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