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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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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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Care Cat

Friday July 13, 2018

"It is not unusual for people with Parkinson's have a care partnera family member or friend who is there to provide support. My situation is a little different. I have a care cat." -Terry Harrigan

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Pete Beidler Reviews "A Parkinson's Life"

Thursday May 17, 2018

Parkinson's Pete reviews Jolyon Hallows' book, "A Parkinson's Life and a Caregiver's Roadmap".

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10 Things You Don't Know About PD

Monday February 13, 2017

When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease, many folks have a mental image of an elderly man, stooped and hunched over, with a slow, shuffling gait, a cane, soft spoken and with slurred speech—maybe even drooling. While true in some cases of advanced Parkinson’s, there are simply too many other symptoms and situations that render this stereotype incomplete and inaccurate. What follows are facts to help dispel the myths.

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Introducing NWPF's New Social Services Manager: Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW

Tuesday February 07, 2017

"NWPF has a wonderful culture of responsiveness to and engagement with the Parkinson's community. I hope to continue this work by building bridges with individuals, providers, and communities throughout our region so that people affected by PD can live their best lives."

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Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's: Preparing People to Meet Someone with Parkinson's

Monday January 30, 2017

"While I’m not afraid to tell people about my dad’s Parkinson’s at this point in my life, I am very deliberate about how I prepare people to meet him."

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Lies That Parkinson's Disease Told Me

Monday December 19, 2016

Yes, I should have known better than to trust Parkinson’s Disease. PD is not our friend. It spends its time and energy devising ways to mess us up. There seems to be no part of the human experience beyond the reach of this tireless troublemaker. I know this. So I should have been on my guard. But I believed when it whispered the following lies in my ear.

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Managing the Holiday Blues 2016

Monday December 12, 2016

Many among us will indeed rejoice. Unfortunately many will not. As mental health professionals remind us every year, vulnerable individuals will experience the holiday as stressful, an occasion that activates (or augments) emotions such as sadness, loneliness, feelings of alienation — “the holiday blues.”

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The Rain Is Shining — A Thanksgiving Message

Monday November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to teach our friends and family, by our own example, how to deal with an unfortunate deal, how to smile through our mask, how to love what we have rather than wish we didn’t have it.

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