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Making Spousal Relationships Work

Friday February 06, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, along with the cards, flowers and dining out, let us give our ourselves and spouses, who are often our stressed caregivers, an additional gift—seven conversations on the art of strengthening our relationships.

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Parkinson’s and Luck

Friday January 23, 2015

I was diagnosed at 43 years old with Parkinson’s Disease. Bad luck, right? I suppose. I hadn’t done anything conscious to court the disease, and had none apparent in my family history. It was just a miserable turn of the cards. If not luck, what is it that determines who suffers from PD and who doesn’t? What other explanation could there be?

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Resolve to be a Better Caregiver!

Friday January 16, 2015

“Yeah, sure,” you say. “I’m already over my head in running errands and doctors appointments and staying up half the night with my loved one—and on and on. I can hardly do what has to be done. How can I be better?”

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Update from the Parkinson's Action Network

Friday January 16, 2015

On January 6, members of the 114th Congress were officially sworn in, and the House and Senate opened their legislative sessions for the year. In various media reports, articles, and blogs, you may have seen a lot of speculation about the new Republican majority and even concern about the potential for increased partisan gridlock.

Some of that may be true, and it's kind of the 'palace intrigue' of American politics these days, but I see something a little different.

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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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