5th Annual Charity Golf Outing June 11, 2018

The Rock Steady Boxing 5th Annual “Charity Golf Outing” is returning June 11, 2018 and we are pleased to welcome Ledbetter Law, LLC – Elder Law Attorneys, as our Platinum Sponsor! Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this special fundraiser for Rock Steady Boxing. Sponsorship Opportunities are now available! Please contact Joyce Johnson, Executive Director, at 317.205.9198 or email jjohnson@rocksteadyboxing.org to learn more about sponsoring this event. Click RS…
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In Praise of Corner People

Being a part of Rock Steady Boxing is one of those experiences where more is happening than what can be reasonably expected or planned for, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a situation where together we achieve more. At Rock Steady Boxing we are fighting back against Parkinson’s, forcing our compromised brains to find new ways to achieve a working relationship with our muscles and the rest of our bodies. And learning to box turns out to be exhilaratingly effecti…
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Life in the Corner of a Care Partner

By Sherri Bickley, MSW, M.Th., Vice-President of Clinical Support Services, Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care and Owner/Head Coach, Rock Steady Boxing-Wasatch Front. Caregiving for a loved one with a serious and chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, is among the most stressful tasks that many people will face throughout their lives. The strain can be felt emotionally, physically, cognitively and socially. Often, the care partner is too busy with the actual tasks associated wit…
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

A guy with Parkinson’s walks into a bar.  The bartender yells “EARTHQUAKE, EVERYBODY HOLD ON!”  And the Parkie says, “What earthquake?” To the general public jokes about Parkinson’s disease might seem taboo.  But at Rock Steady, jokes and laughter are a common thread that fosters togetherness.  The Rock Steady method combines forced intense exercise with a heavy dose of silliness and laughter.  We call this “The Fun Factor.”  People can’t wait to return to class, partl…
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Wrapping Our Heads Around Dementia

by Marcia Wilson It’s confusing. It’s frustrating. It’s complicated. It’s hard to understand and it’s not fair! And you’re the one with the functional brain; just imagine what it’s like for your loved one, friend or boxer with dementia. While slower processing of information is not uncommon with Parkinson’s disease (PD), it doesn’t generally present a great challenge for coaches and cornermen (caregivers).  Medications, urinary tract infections, depression, thyroid, and hea…
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