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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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Never Say Never

Monday November 05, 2018

I remember hearing someone (probably my old English teacher) say you should make your words soft and tender—you may have to eat them. I’ve been munching on the word 'never' for a while. 

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The Parkinson's Holiday

Wednesday October 31, 2018

So you didn't know that there is an official holiday for Parkinson's? Yeah, it’s Halloween (rim shot, or spooky groan, your call).


Halloween is the time of year we set aside to recognize the importance of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. I don’t know about you, but in addition going bump in the night, I often go bump in broad daylight! 


The following content describes an individual experience of Parkinson's, and we recommend that readers defer to their own comfort level with the subject matter before reading this post. NW Parkinson’s strives to recognize  and engage with a variety of perspectives and experiences relating to Parkinson’s. The below represents the opinions and judgements of the author only, and does not necessarily reflect those of Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Melissa’s Vote Note

Monday October 29, 2018

It’s the season to vote! And, in light of Open Enrollment, I'd like to share how Northwest Parkinson’s achieves the “advocacy” portion of our mission. One of our goals is to positively impact the community’s access to specialty care throughout the Northwest: here's how we do it. 


 

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Baguette and Red

Friday October 19, 2018

"There is a group of people that do things for the right reasons. They may have no direct link to Parkinson’s or some other cause but choose to make a difference anyway. They’re known as volunteers and rarely get the recognition and plaudits they deserve. For them, that’s OK—that’s not why they give time and effort to help others. What follows is a story about two of these people—two volunteers that want to make a difference."

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