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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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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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Who Was That Masked Man?

Monday November 28, 2016

“You lookin’ at me?” The question was sharply confrontational. The inquisitor was a fit-looking and obviously volatile young man. The setting was a dimly lit street outside of a bar in a small town in Wyoming, and I was out past my bedtime.

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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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Book Review - H.O.P.E.: Four Keys to a Better Quality of Life for Parkinson's

Tuesday November 15, 2016

One of the most engaging books about Parkinson’s disease was written by Hal Newsom, a Seattle-based advertising executive. Diagnosed at age 66, he lived with the disease for more than two decades. He was active in the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and helped start the annual HOPE Conference®, now in its eleventh year.

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Alexithymia, the Parkinson’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

Monday May 16, 2016

Parkinson’s disease, ever the over-achiever, brings with it a host of symptoms. You’d think that gait disorder, freezing, tremor, micrographia, dyskinesia, depression, dystonia, hallucinations, apathy, drooling, loss of ability to talk, REM sleep disturbance and constipation, just to name a few, would be enough. But the list just keeps growing. The latest addition: alexithymia.

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Isolation and Parkinson's Disease, The hiding and the hidden

Friday April 08, 2016

Studies have found that social interaction lessens depression, a common problem associated with Parkinson’s, and that interactions with family and friends increase mental stimulation. These, are well-recognized factors in their importance in coping with PD.

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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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