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Changing a Battery

Wednesday February 20, 2019

"When something goes wrong with their car, many people would rather it be the battery. As long as it's not on a ferry or a freeway. It's true - batteries are crucial and, if dead, totally disabling. Same for people with Parkinson’s."

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Snowmageddon Snydrome

Tuesday February 12, 2019

"I decided long ago that I would not allow Parkinson's to define my life. So I don't. Come rain, or snow, or a LOT of snow. We can't control the weather but there is such a thing as preventative measures.

For instance, did you get your flu shot this year? Glad to hear it, but I'm afraid it won't help with any Snowmageddon-related maladies". Whether you're brewing inside with Weather Channel Fever or considering the purchase of a large vehicle, take a look at this Tuesday with Terry for symptoms of Snowmageddon Syndrome.

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One Grunt, or Two? A Parkinsonian Dialogue

Friday February 08, 2019

Peter Dunlap-Shohl brings a light heart to a heavy symptom of Parkinson's: speech troubles. "In my 17th post-diagnosis year the most aggravation I get on a daily basis from Parkinson's is from problems with speech. I wonder how other animals get along without talking. I certainly can’t." Read more for a thoughtful - and amusing - Parkinsonian dialogue.

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One Look at Community: the Newest Women's Support Group

Monday February 04, 2019

A record number of women living with Parkinson’s turned out for the inaugural group meeting at the Evergreen Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center on Tuesday, January 22, 2019! After listening to and working with the community, NW Parkinson's & EvergreenHealth helped to meet women with Parkinson's need for support. As the only independent local non-profit serving people affected by Parkinson’s in Alaska, Idaho, Montana &  Washington, NW Parkinson's works to help ensure that no one walks the Parkinson's journey alone. Here's how!

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The Digital Caregiver's Nervous System

Wednesday January 30, 2019

"Remember telephone switchboards? That is the job routers perform, only a lot faster than a human switchboard operator!" 


Today's technology changes fast, no denying it. But there's still reason to learn some basic principles: they move much slower! In this second of three blog posts, community member Bill Clugston breaks down the internet (figuratively speaking) and shows how it can make life easier for people with Parkinson's. 

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Board Spotlight on Steve Gilbert

Monday January 28, 2019

Steve Gilbert is a neurotoxicologist and the newest member of NW Parkinson's Board of Directors. His work has been steeped in neurological disorders for years—way before his Parkinson's diagnosis. Read more to learn about Steve, including his website on toxicology, plus his personal & professional insight on life with Parkinson's.

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A Mutual Admiration Society

Tuesday January 22, 2019

"You know what they say. Two heads are Bet-ter than one." Read more to learn about a collaboration and friendship, grown out of love for the NW Parkinson's community, writing, and shoes.

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Hang on to Your Shower Cap

Wednesday January 16, 2019

"If you live alone and get stuck while trying to get out of the bathtub, your cat will not be able to help you." Read more for a review - and navigation - of bathtub safety with Parkinson's.

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Happy New Year - Thanks to You!

Monday January 14, 2019

There’s a lot of New Year energy in the air as we begin 2019, and I continue to be inspired by the amazing NW Parkinson’s community. In December, over 250 of you raised $52,000 to make sure that no one in the Northwest walks their Parkinson's journey alone. Because of your generous contributions, we exceeded our End of Year goal! Read more of what that means to Melissa, and for the NW Parkinson's community.

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Joy & Other Winter Odes

Wednesday January 09, 2019

From her kitchen and her pen, Terry shares with us a few ways through winter: "When the weather turns damp and blustery, my thoughts inevitably turn to the joys of comfort food." Read more for her celebratory Ode to Bisquik!

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