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Should We Take Steps to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Contagion?

Monday March 23, 2015

One of the most intriguing new areas of research in neuroscience has to do with the discovery that proteins involved with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative illnesses can contort into the wrong shape.

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Deep Brain Stimulation May Ease Some Parkinson's Pain for Years

Monday March 23, 2015

People with Parkinson's disease who undergo deep brain stimulation may experience long-term pain relief, a small, new study from Korea suggests. However, three-quarters of the patients developed new pain in muscles and joints eight years after the procedure was performed, the researchers found.

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Living for a Cure

Friday March 20, 2015

By all means let us pursue a cure for Parkinson's. Bur first, let us relentlessly pursue life.

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Three Huge Changes for People with Parkinson's

Friday March 13, 2015

There are three components to recent changes in the experience and treatment of Parkinson's, all of which have the promise to contribute greatly to the care and everyday quality of life experienced by those of us with PD.

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Presenter: Bartja Wachtel, LICSW, MHP, CMHS

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NWPF & PRO present the April installment of the Lunchtime Laboratory Webinar Series.


Have you been searching for tools to help you deal with the stress of having a long-term chronic illness? This webinar will help you examine how to harness the power of your relationships, values, emotions and outlook to create meaning in the midst of a life-altering diagnosis. Appropriate for patients and family members alike.

Join us on April 2, 2015 at Noon Pacific Time.  Watch from your own computer by clicking the link below. The following link will allow you to register for this free program. You will receive an automatic reminder as the event nears. The reminder email will provide you with the link to join the webinar or you can return here to join.


If this is your first webinar with us, please plan to join the webinar at least 15 minutes before the webinar start time.  This will allow time for your computer to download the software add-on in your browser.

Questions? Contact melissa@nwpf.org or 206.946.6515.

B. Bartja Wachtel, LICSW, MHP, CMHS
Bartja received his Masters of Social Work from Eastern Washington University, and has a background in ecological systems, positive psychology, mindfulness based practices, and motivational interviewing. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at Virginia Mason Medical Center with over 16 years of clinical practice experience with a broad diversity of individuals. His current work focuses on people living with ALS, MS, Parkinson’s and Dementia. Bartja runs several workshops based in current neuroscience research that focus on well-being and incorporate positive psychology and mindfulness practices to improve overall health and well-being outcomes.

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The Parkinson's PostMore Issues

Parkinson's Post, Winter 2015

In this issue:

  • Parkinson's in Seattle: Gloria's Story
  • The ED Corner
  • World Parkinson Congree
  • Artwork of Julio Angulo
  • Save the Date for HOPE™ Conference 2015
  • The Face of PD
  • The Tremolos & Music Works Northwest
  • Tribute Gifts
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