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Parkinson's Unawareness: It's a Big Job

Wednesday May 15, 2019

"National Parkinson’s Awareness Month is over. That’s a relief. Now I can go back to blissful unawareness of Parkinson’s, along with the rest of the world. It’s a big job, lots to be unaware of, but I do my best." Read the rest of Peter Dunlap-Shohl's latest!

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Parkinson's & Poetry: a Thank You

Friday May 10, 2019

In honor of Parkinson's Awareness month, Parkinson's & Poetry has featured poems from writers and paintings by artists within the NW Parkinson's community. We will continue posting poems as people send them in to BetteJane@NWPF.org, to share the voices of folks impacted by Parkinson's. Here's a poem from the Women Affected by Parkinson's in Spokane, WA, as a Thank You and a shoutout to all the friends brought together by Parkinson's!

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Stronger Together: Parents with Parkinson's

Tuesday April 30, 2019

"I decided to sit down with my dad and ask him questions about his experience as a parent with Parkinson’s. My goal for this interview is to connect with parents with Parkinson’s and give them a resource to relate to." Read the latest blog post by Sailor West!

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Surprising Ways Yoga and Meditation Can Heal

Wednesday April 10, 2019

For seniors and their caregivers, sustaining good mental health can be an immense challenge. The stresses of aging, illness, and providing constant care can take such an emotional toll. So, if you are a senior or caregiver, how can you heal that damage? Yoga and meditation can be a good start, as they provide many health benefits. Here are ways these ancient healing practices can improve your life, as well as ways to begin your own practice.

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Just Call Me Shake-Speare

Monday April 01, 2019

Well, once again it is April. That means it is both Parkinson’s Awareness month and Poetry Month And that means it’s time for my annual stab at writing Parkinson's related poetry. Which raises the question, what is the proper form for a poem about a malady like Parkinson’s?

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Changing a Battery Part II

Monday March 25, 2019

I've heard that cars were modeled off of us - that engines run like the human heart, and so on. Our auto mechanics, so to speak, just use more elevators and gallons of hand sanitizer. Our garages are extra fluorescent.


This metaphor only works for so long. But I was thinking about it while driving my dad’s car to the hospital, and I was able to realize something about human health. It was like a hand, deft and gentle, in my brain. A hand just barely moving something over.

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Erin Go Braugh!

Tuesday March 19, 2019

"St. Patrick's Day is a favorite holiday. I am, as I will tell anyone listening, 68% Irish, according to a recent DNA test. And I wait all year to tell this groaner of a joke -

Q.  What is green, rocks and sits on your front porch?"

Read more for the answer, and for further Irish hijinks!

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Sherri Hadley, A Triumph of Joy Over Fear

Friday March 15, 2019

Peter Dunlap-Shohl pays tribute to his friend, and to her lasting impact on the communities of Alaska. "Sherri’s triumph over fear was extraordinary. Her ability to snatch joy from the jaws of misery was inspiring. I have seen Parkinson’s destroy families. In Sherri’s case, the opposite occurred. A family of sorts took form around her to make her days more bearable, and, when the time came, to ease her passage from this world."

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Gangsta Grandpa

Tuesday March 12, 2019

"As my favorite holiday - St. Patrick's Day - draws near, I decided to write a bit about my Irish heritage...Amazingly, Grandpa survived machine gun shootouts, 30 years in Alcatraz, and marriage to my grandmother." This Tuesday with Terry, take a tour of her family's past!

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Stronger Together: Daughters of People With Parkinson’s

Friday March 08, 2019

Sailor and Debbie didn't totally relate to their peers - until the two became coworkers. "I had never met anyone else around my age who had a parent with Parkinson’s, let alone a parent who was about to go through the same surgery my dad had the past winter." Read Sailor's interview with Debbie here!

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