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Thursday April 01, 2021

"It’s April, Parkinson’s Awareness month. It’s also Poetry Month. Put them together, and you’ve got Parkinson’s Awareness Poetry Month. That calls for a PD poem. A poem that is full of false rhymes and staggering meter, the better to give it that old Parkinson’s feeling. Fortunately, I happen to have such a poem right here. (Note: I assume all of you out there suffering from this disease are sufficiently aware of it, so this poem is written to those who are still seemingly healthy.)" Read more for PDS's Roll Call!

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Walk Warm-up with Nate Coomer: Shifting Our Weight

Wednesday March 31, 2021

It's Walk Wednesday! Get ready to Safely Walk For Parkinson's in this Walk Warm-up with Nate Coomer, DPT, at The Parkinson's Fitness Project. In this video, Nate shows us how to shift our weight & prepare for a solid #WalkForParkinsons2021 View the video in this blog post! And if you haven't already, sign up to Walk at WalkForParkinsons.org

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Washington State University study: The link between residential exposure to some pesticides and higher death rates from Parkinson’s

Friday March 26, 2021

This article explores recent research on pesticide exposure and its link with Parkinson's - including work lead by Washington State University, among others. NW Parkinson's is sharing this information for our community members.

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How to Walk for Parkinson's 2021

Tuesday March 16, 2021

How many ways can we Walk for Parkinson's? This year, we've got so much room for creativity! Read on for ideas to raise awareness & funds for the NW Parkinson's community. #PurpleForParkinsons

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Falling Fashion, Dressing for Survival With Parkinson’s

Monday March 01, 2021

"As the flashbulbs pop, and the music blares, the first model shuffles down the runway! The crowd gasps as she shows off her avant garde ensemble: darling slip-on shoes, frisky sweat pants, a vintage t-shirt, set off with sporty knee and elbow pads, and topped with the piece de resistance, a bike helmet, complete with a dazzling LED headlamp." Read more about Peter Dunlap-Shohl's Falling Fashion here!

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Did you know that Parkinson’s can impact your hearing?

Monday February 22, 2021

"From talking with family and friends to healthcare providers, it can be challenging to communicate over the phone with others when you are experiencing hearing loss. We recognize the challenge faced by the Parkinson’s community who have lost some or all of their hearing, and those who were born d/Deaf or hard of hearing. That is why at NW Parkinson’s we are opening our doors to prepare to utilize services that allow us to communicate with individuals using telecommunication devices to reach individuals with Parkinson’s and their support networks facing this barrier." Read more from Michaelah Knarr, Master of Social Work intern!

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The Beauty of Slow

Monday February 01, 2021

"I went through my old repertoire and picked out the slowest tune I could remember playing, a whaling tune called “Farewell to Tarwathie”. Then I cranked up the volume, and something clicked. The notes rang and sustained beautifully through the amplifier, and took on warmth as the gain control added distortion to the tones. Think Jimi Hendrix goes whaling. (Did I just compare my playing with Hendrix?  Oops. Only in the broadest sense, okay?)" Read Peter Dunlap-Shohl's latest here!

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You, Me & Parkinson Pete: on Living & Dying with Parkinson's

Monday January 25, 2021

"Pete will be the first to describe how he has (and hasn't) changed over the course of living with Parkinson's. He does so, brilliantly, in his latest book: "Parkinson Pete on Living and Dying with Parkinson's Disease" (2020). Significantly, Pete also shares his insight on that other half of Parkinson's: dying. This read is not always easy for the daughter of a person with Parkinson's; it is, however, consistently helpful, motivating, and funny. I'm lucky to know the dynamic author of this important book." Read Bette Jane and Pete's interview here!

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Step at a Time

Tuesday January 19, 2021

"I put on the shoes and did a short routine. His eyes bugged out, and when I closed with a vertical leap and a click of the heels before touching down, his jaw dropped to the floor. It was by no means a world-class performance but It was my proudest Parkie Moment." Read more about Brian Supalla, from his new role as a support group leader to his recent, budding skill: step dancing!

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A Note at a Time

Monday December 21, 2020

"[L]ike any good poker player you eventually learn to deal with the hand PD dealt you. With Parkinson's, it doesn't hurt to have a card or two up your sleeve!...What could prove challenging, do-able with my changed skill-set, and possibly help slow my PD? Whatever it was it had to be fun! Enter the Native American Flute (abbreviated NAF)." Read and listen to Bill Clugston's joyful dedication to the NAF!

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