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Hello from Canada!

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Hello from Canada! It is a real honor for me that Steve Wright and the gang at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation have asked me to be a regular contributing writer for this blog. It is my hope that whatever your connection to the conversation around Parkinson's Disease, you will be encouraged to 'Live Your Best' by my contributions.

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You can't do that!... Can you?

Friday December 19, 2014

The phrase “You can’t take it with you” is usually used to mock those who care too much about money. But why single out money, when it’s only one of a long list of things you give up when you festinate off this mortal coil. Wealth is probably one of the things we will miss the least. As the song says, “In heaven there is no beer. That’s why we drink it here.”

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Behind the Scenes with Maria Cole, MSW

Friday December 12, 2014

As Social Services Manager at NWPF, Cole spends most of her time answering questions. People recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s have all sorts of inquiries about what to do next, what to expect to happen physically, how to cope emotionally and financially, how the disease will affect their relationships, how to communicate with an employer, and on and on and on. Cole helps them through the process, one step at a time.

But when she isn’t at the office...

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Aiming for Well-Being

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Move. Connect. Engage." - NWPF

Defining well-being has, for centuries, been the concern of philosophers. In recent years, however, the topic has attracted the attention of scientists within various fields, such as health and medicine, environmental studies, planning, policymaking, business management and leadership. As a result, presently, there is a growing body of knowledge identifying the factors or elements that both influence and constitute “the good life.”

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Holiday Feasts, Family & Fun

Friday December 05, 2014

The holidays are a time of feasting, family and fun. At least, that is what we hope they will be. When Parkinson’s becomes a part of the family, some adjustments may need to be made. While feasting may still be a part of the agenda, changes in the kinds of food you eat and even when you eat it might be advisable. Family can be a wonderful blessing but often our expectations outreach reality, especially at holiday times when we want everything to be perfect. And finally, what is “fun” changes as one’s body and responses to stimuli changes.

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Pause and Be Thankful

Wednesday November 26, 2014

As we pause this weekend to be thankful, let me acknowledge those that I am thankful for:

First and most importantly, I am thankful for you.

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Diagnosis is a turning point, not a beginning

Friday November 21, 2014

“You have Parkinson’s Disease.” There is no good way of getting this news. Even as the words enter your world they seem to rearrange it irrevocably and permanently for the worse. How can life be the same once the words “Parkinson’s Disease” attach themselves to you?

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Behind the Scenes with Steve Wright

Friday November 14, 2014

Welcome to NWPF.org. This site is loaded with incredible information to help you live the best you can. Much of the site's content is original with other pieces coming from several national and international publications. I'm proud of our work at NWPF and this site is a special place for thousands of folks like you each month.

I've been asked to write a little about myself. For a narcissist like me, you'd think that'd be easy but it's surprisingly not. Anyway, here goes:

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On the Practice of Gratitude

Friday November 07, 2014

“Blessed are those that can give without remembering
and receive without forgetting.” - John Wooden

Thanksgiving Day is upon us. So, perhaps, this is an opportune time to reflect on the meaning and practice of gratitude.

The perspective to be considered here is psychological in nature, namely the contributions of researchers like Robert Emmons, Michael McCullough, Martin Seligman, and their colleagues.*

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Thanks for Joining Us at the HOPE Conference for Parkinson's

Monday November 03, 2014

With over 600 attendees, this was an exciting conference on many fronts! Our Keynote speaker, Tim Hague, winner of The Amazing Race Canada, spoke about his Parkinson's journey with candor. He earned a standing ovation from a very moved and inspired crowd.

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