April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month, established by the Parkinson’s Foundation to make life better for people with the disease by increasing community awareness of Parkinson’s and working to improve care and advance research toward a cure. According to a 2022 report by the Foundation, each year nearly 90,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Community members with Parkinson’s disease, their family members and caregivers are invited to an open house at Powell Wellness Center in Culpeper to learn about the center’s programs supporting those with PD.

From 1:00-3:00 pm on April 11, anyone interested may stop by to learn about Powell’s Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) program (a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum designed to improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease) and Parkinson’s support group. Open house attendees are welcome to participate in the RSB program or observe. Managers of the Rock Steady Boxing program and the Parkinson’s support group at the wellness center will be available to answer questions. Community members interested in volunteering are also invited to stop by. This event is free. Light refreshments will be available.

Inquiries about the open house, RSB or the support group may be directed to RSB coach Bobby Zajkowski, bzajkowski@culpeperwellness.org. PWC, a medically integrated wellness center certified by the Medical Fitness Association, is located at 1005 Golf Drive in Culpeper.

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