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David Leventhal: Dancer, Teacher, Community Leader, Humanitarian, Movement Specialist

Monday October 31, 2016

WPC 2016 successfully convened over 4000 participants from several nations. Represented were health professionals, scientists, researchers, artists, PwPs, caregivers and families. This diverse community, committed to fight PD, generously shared existing knowledge, reported on recent advances and future directions in treatments, enhanced QOL and the search for a cure. It also inspired and instilled a message of hope.


Among these voices, that of David Leventhal stood out.

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Notes on Acceptance

Monday March 14, 2016

Us PwPs consider acceptance when our strategies of resistance are spent and we are feeling most vulnerable--and therefore more receptive to change. It should be noted that this is not a case of embracing naïve positive thinking. It is about shifting our perspective; it is about adopting positive reframing.

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Managing the Holiday Blues

Friday December 18, 2015

The Holiday Season is here with its promise of joy. 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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Present Moment: A Continued Conversation

Friday November 27, 2015

At one point during the HOPE Conference several fellow PWPs asked me to blog about the presentation by Gary Vallat, his spouse Rubye and their daughter Aimie. ...In his poem, “Going Public,” Gary acknowledges that doing what he is doing, pre-senting at conferences or support groups, making the personal - public, is not an easy task. But it is a valuable one. It builds and integrates us to community. It helps us heal.

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The 2016 World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland, Oregon is Fast Approaching: Make Plans to Attend

Friday October 23, 2015

I attended the Montreal event in 2013 and will be participating in the one in Portland in September, 2016. I invite you to do the same. You will not be disappointed. Read more.

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Notes on Hope

Friday August 28, 2015

September 26, 2015 is the day the NWPF’s Annual HOPE Conference will be held. I, like many of you have already registered to attend. Since signing up I have found myself reflecting and initiating conversations on what hope means to us, PWPs, and to our care partners.

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Resilience: Bouncing Back from Adversity

Tuesday July 28, 2015

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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Caring for a Spouse Living with PD

Tuesday June 23, 2015

It was interesting to hear that when folks spoke about the act of caring for a loved one, they had a language preference. Some emphasize the descriptor “caregiving” while others spoke of “carepartnering.”

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Our Brain's "Negativity Bias" Part 2

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Our Brain's Negativity Bias Part 2 presents Hanson’s method for counteracting the “negativity bias” by strengthening or generating new pathways with “a positivity bias.”

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Our Brain’s “Negativity Bias”

Tuesday March 24, 2015

Negativity is an addiction to the bleak shadow that lingers around every human form ... you can transfigure negativity by turning it toward the light of your soul.

John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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