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Strength. Courage.

Friday January 16, 2015

I'll never forget the physical strength of my mother. She would care for elderly people in our home for many years. She is a slight woman but was, in her day, incredibly strong. I would watch her reposition large, bed-ridden men by herself, and only after going into nursing myself, did I appreciate the strength she possessed.

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Strategies to Achieve our New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

Friday January 09, 2015

“What keeps me going is goals.” -Muhammad Ali

A year comes to an end and new one begins. It is the season when many of us enthusiastically commit to abandon old habits and acquire new ones. We might resolve to lose weight, adhere to an exercise routine, repair a broken relationship with a loved one, or deepen spirituality. The choices are endless.

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Movement is Medicine

Friday January 02, 2015

Everyday takes courage to fight Parkinson’s. Adding exercise in your daily life puts you back in control, empowering you over this disease by not allowing it to define you. Getting started is the most difficult part, but a good first step is signing up for the Dance for Parkinson’s program. Classes are growing, and by joining, you will understand how daily exercise restores independence, helps treat depression, and makes you smile.

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Hello from Canada!

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Hello from Canada! It is a real honor for me that Steve Wright and the gang at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation have asked me to be a regular contributing writer for this blog. It is my hope that whatever your connection to the conversation around Parkinson's Disease, you will be encouraged to 'Live Your Best' by my contributions.

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You can't do that!... Can you?

Friday December 19, 2014

The phrase “You can’t take it with you” is usually used to mock those who care too much about money. But why single out money, when it’s only one of a long list of things you give up when you festinate off this mortal coil. Wealth is probably one of the things we will miss the least. As the song says, “In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here.”

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Behind the Scenes with Maria Cole, MSW

Friday December 12, 2014

As Social Services Manager at NWPF, Cole spends most of her time answering questions. People recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s have all sorts of inquiries about what to do next, what to expect to happen physically, how to cope emotionally and financially, how the disease will affect their relationships, how to communicate with an employer, and on and on and on. Cole helps them through the process, one step at a time.

But when she isn’t at the office...

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Aiming for Well-Being

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Move. Connect. Engage." - NWPF

Defining well-being has, for centuries, been the concern of philosophers. In recent years, however, the topic has attracted the attention of scientists within various fields, such as health and medicine, environmental studies, planning, policymaking, business management and leadership. As a result, presently, there is a growing body of knowledge identifying the factors or elements that both influence and constitute “the good life.”

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Holiday Feasts, Family & Fun

Friday December 05, 2014

The holidays are a time of feasting, family and fun. At least, that is what we hope they will be. When Parkinson’s becomes a part of the family, some adjustments may need to be made. While feasting may still be a part of the agenda, changes in the kinds of food you eat and even when you eat it might be advisable. Family can be a wonderful blessing but often our expectations outreach reality, especially at holiday times when we want everything to be perfect. And finally, what is “fun” changes as one’s body and responses to stimuli changes.

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Pause and Be Thankful

Wednesday November 26, 2014

As we pause this weekend to be thankful, let me acknowledge those that I am thankful for:

First and most importantly, I am thankful for you.

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Diagnosis is a turning point, not a beginning

Friday November 21, 2014

“You have Parkinson’s Disease.” There is no good way of getting this news. Even as the words enter your world they seem to rearrange it irrevocably and permanently for the worse. How can life be the same once the words “Parkinson’s Disease” attach themselves to you?

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