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Parkinson’s Disease:

Support Groups & Programs

The Georgia Chapter APDA offers many programs for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers. These programs help families with day-to-day issues, provide a forum for gathering information about PD and serve as a place to make new friends who share similar experiences. Below you will find descriptions of our programs and information about our various support groups throughout Georgia. If you are in an area that does not have a support group, contact us and we will help you get the support you need. Also, visit our exercise and resources pages to see more classes and programs for Parkinson’s patients.

Welcome to PD Gladiators!

PD Gladiators™ is a nonprofit organization devoted to combating Parkinson’s disease with vigorous exercise. Our mission is to focus the attention of people with PD and the medical community on the role of exercise in slowing the progression of PD and to make community-based exercise programs available to people with PD and their care partners. We hope that by demonstrating the value of vigorous exercise and community-based programs to practicing neurologists, they will spark an increase in participation in the PD community by people  with Parkinson’s, leading to a more robust exercise/physical therapy infrastructure, a freer flow of information among Parkinson’s patients through increased social interactions, and greater participation in clinical trials.

We are a Georgia nonprofit corporation based in the Atlanta area. Our first project–initiated in January 2014–is a popular Boxing Training for PD program run by retired professional boxer Paul “The Truth” Delgado through the Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation. Thanks to generous grants and in-kind support from our sponsors, we have launched the PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network, an affiliation of Metro Atlanta fitness instructors, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, physical therapists, personal trainers, experienced volunteers with Parkinson’s disease and care partners offering a package of PD-specific exercise classes and support that will help people with Parkinson’s design a personal exercise program that is effective, fun and sustainable. We now have 50 weekly classes on our schedule, providing easy access to PD-specific programming to most of metro Atlanta. Please visit our PD Gladiators Metro Atlanta Fitness Network page to learn more.

PD Gladiators was recently featured in a story on WAGA-FOX 5 News by Medical Team Reporter Beth Galvin