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Nelson Wellness Center participates in national Parkinson's case study

The Barrows Neurological Institute, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is conducting a national case study to learn of the effects caused by stress, anxiety and spirituality in individuals living with Parkinson's disease.

The Nelson Wellness Center will serve as a satellite study site and is seeking willing participants to be involved. There is no cost to become involved, only a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is required.

Classes begin September 15 and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Nelson Wellness Center, 1220 Nokomis, Alexandria. Over a 12-week period, individuals will experience a variety of content, studies and outcomes.

Classes will be led by Brenda Larson, director of wellness at Knute Nelson. Call the Nelson Wellness Center to register at (320) 762-4327. Registration deadline is Thursday, September 11.

Barrow Neurological Institute of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix is internationally recognized as a leader in neurological research and patient care. Barrow treats patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, including brain and spinal tumors, cerebrovascular conditions, and neuromuscular disorders. Barrow's clinicians and researchers are devoted to providing excellent patient care and finding better ways to treat neurological disorders.

The Nelson Wellness Center, a division of Knute Nelson, offers age-friendly cardiovascular and strength training equipment and signature programming to seniors. Signature programming includes NeuroFit exercise programming for those with neurological movement disorders; Sign Chi Dô, a meditative exercise approach that harmonizes sign language gesture, thoughts, and movement; and group Salubrious Seniors Active Aging classes that focus on fun, socialization and fitness.

For more information about the Nelson Wellness Center or Knute Nelson, call (320) 763-6653 or visit

Knute Nelson, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is the leading provider of services for older adults in the Alexandria area. Their health care continuum includes assisted living (Nelson Gables), home care, hospice, rehabilitation/short-term stay, skilled nursing and wellness (Nelson Wellness Center).