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Hang on to Your Shower Cap

Wednesday January 16, 2019

"If you live alone and get stuck while trying to get out of the bathtub, your cat will not be able to help you." Read more for a review - and navigation - of bathtub safety with Parkinson's.

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Happy New Year - Thanks to You!

Monday January 14, 2019

There’s a lot of New Year energy in the air as we begin 2019, and I continue to be inspired by the amazing NW Parkinson’s community. In December, over 250 of you raised $52,000 to make sure that no one in the Northwest walks their Parkinson's journey alone. Because of your generous contributions, we exceeded our End of Year goal! Read more of what that means to Melissa, and for the NW Parkinson's community.

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Joy & Other Winter Odes

Wednesday January 09, 2019

From her kitchen and her pen, Terry shares with us a few ways through winter: "When the weather turns damp and blustery, my thoughts inevitably turn to the joys of comfort food." Read more for her celebratory Ode to Bisquik!

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Let There Be Light!

Wednesday January 02, 2019

The Winter Solstice has passed; it's dark in the Northwest but more and more daylight reaches us each day. Writing from the heart of this season and the northern most state, Peter Dunlap-Shohl starts the New Year with a great question: “Is there a link between darkness and Parkinson’s? And could light therapy enhance our ability to cope?"

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Smart Speakers: the New Electronic Care Assistant

Friday December 14, 2018

The phrases "Alexa, open my Flash Briefing” or “Okay Google, call my wife” are becoming more and more a daily occurrence.


How can these electronic “genies” help a person with Parkinson’s or, for that matter, anyone with a disability? What is the current state of the technology? Is the technology mature enough for easy setup and everyday use? Follow me down this path of assistive technologies and we’ll find the answers together!

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Punch-Drunk Parkinson's

Monday December 03, 2018

Uppercut - jab - hook! Peter Dunlap-Shohl has found a new side to himself: boxer. He describes the mental and physical experiences of his boxing therapy for Parkinson's, as well as the research that backs him up!

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Pass to Pass to Pass...

Monday November 26, 2018

NW Parkinson's community member A.C. Woolnough shares his hiking experience from this summer. Our minds are on mountaintops as we approach winter, and we're reminded that many people in the NW are already experiencing snow! Warm up with A.C.'s recollection.


"The only thing you must remember when hiking and backpacking in the Cascade mountains of north central Washington is to put one foot in front of the other—about 98,000 times if you’re starting at Harts Pass and going to Rainy Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail."

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Terry & Marian's Thanksgiving for Two

Tuesday November 13, 2018

Today's Tuesday with Terry is about two "T" words that go great together - turkey and Thanksgiving. Over the years, my mom and I have settled on a pared down version of Thanksgiving. It's just the two of us - my mom (old person) and me (starting-to-get-old person with Parkinson's) so we like to keep it simple. Read more for a Parkinson's friendly Thanksgiving!

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"Pilot to Co-Pilot"

Friday November 09, 2018

Alongside her granddaughter, Ellie, NW Parkinson's Board & Community member Gloria Gottesman has created a fantastic story about family, Parkinson's, and heroes. View "Pilot to Co-Pilot" - their video submission for the 2019 World Parkinson Congress in Kyoto!

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A Gem in the Healthcare Haystack

Wednesday November 07, 2018

NW Parkinson's community member Bill Clugston shares his positive experience with an unexpected medical care provider: students!

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