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Book Review: Everybody Has a Window and Aisle Seat

Friday February 17, 2017

The first question a prospective reader will want answered about this book is what its title means. Mary Huston McLendon seems to believe that it is better to choose the window seat on the journey with Parkinson’s.

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10 Things You Don't Know About PD

Monday February 13, 2017

When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease, many folks have a mental image of an elderly man, stooped and hunched over, with a slow, shuffling gait, a cane, soft spoken and with slurred speech—maybe even drooling. While true in some cases of advanced Parkinson’s, there are simply too many other symptoms and situations that render this stereotype incomplete and inaccurate. What follows are facts to help dispel the myths.

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Introducing NWPF's New Social Services Manager: Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW

Tuesday February 07, 2017

"NWPF has a wonderful culture of responsiveness to and engagement with the Parkinson's community. I hope to continue this work by building bridges with individuals, providers, and communities throughout our region so that people affected by PD can live their best lives."

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Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's: Preparing People to Meet Someone with Parkinson's

Monday January 30, 2017

"While I’m not afraid to tell people about my dad’s Parkinson’s at this point in my life, I am very deliberate about how I prepare people to meet him."

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Lies That Parkinson's Disease Told Me

Monday December 19, 2016

Yes, I should have known better than to trust Parkinson’s Disease. PD is not our friend. It spends its time and energy devising ways to mess us up. There seems to be no part of the human experience beyond the reach of this tireless troublemaker. I know this. So I should have been on my guard. But I believed when it whispered the following lies in my ear.

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Managing the Holiday Blues 2016

Monday December 12, 2016

Many among us will indeed rejoice. Unfortunately many will not. As mental health professionals remind us every year, vulnerable individuals will experience the holiday as stressful, an occasion that activates (or augments) emotions such as sadness, loneliness, feelings of alienation — “the holiday blues.”

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Who Was That Masked Man?

Monday November 28, 2016

“You lookin’ at me?” The question was sharply confrontational. The inquisitor was a fit-looking and obviously volatile young man. The setting was a dimly lit street outside of a bar in a small town in Wyoming, and I was out past my bedtime.

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The Rain Is Shining — A Thanksgiving Message

Monday November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to teach our friends and family, by our own example, how to deal with an unfortunate deal, how to smile through our mask, how to love what we have rather than wish we didn’t have it.

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Book Review - H.O.P.E.: Four Keys to a Better Quality of Life for Parkinson's

Tuesday November 15, 2016

One of the most engaging books about Parkinson’s disease was written by Hal Newsom, a Seattle-based advertising executive. Diagnosed at age 66, he lived with the disease for more than two decades. He was active in the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and helped start the annual HOPE Conference®, now in its eleventh year.

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David Leventhal: Dancer, Teacher, Community Leader, Humanitarian, Movement Specialist

Monday October 31, 2016

WPC 2016 successfully convened over 4000 participants from several nations. Represented were health professionals, scientists, researchers, artists, PwPs, caregivers and families. This diverse community, committed to fight PD, generously shared existing knowledge, reported on recent advances and future directions in treatments, enhanced QOL and the search for a cure. It also inspired and instilled a message of hope.


Among these voices, that of David Leventhal stood out.

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