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Pairing Tango & Parkinson's

Monday April 23, 2018

At first glance, dancing the tango and Parkinson’s seem like an unlikely pair. Gabriela Condrea, founder of TangoStride™, a tango dance program created for those with mobility issues like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, strokes, and other neurological conditions.

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New Diagnoses, New Posses

Thursday April 19, 2018

A new community can be affirming—and alienating. Especially when it revolves around a neurodegenerative disease. 

Brian Harris is familiar with community engagement, and he’s still getting to know Parkinson’s. Diagnosed with Young Onset at age 48, he recognized a distinct need for the connection and support that don’t come home with you from the doctor’s office. Brian recently formed the Seattle Young Onset support group (SEAYOPD).

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Meet your new Executive Director!

Friday April 06, 2018

After working with the Parkinson’s community for four years, I am so pleased to move into the Executive Director role at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF). 

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Outside the Ring: Rock Steady Boxing

Thursday April 05, 2018

On Friday, March 23, I accompanied my dad to his Rock Steady Boxing class in Snohomish, WA, where I had the opportunity to talk to Lacey Ramon, Certified Personal Trainer and Rock Steady Boxing Coach.

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Poetry & Parkinson's

Monday April 02, 2018

“How old is baseball?” I ask. “1850s,” my dad stoutly replies. Roy and Dean concur. The rest of the class nods appreciatively. And although sports are his jam, I can’t help but be skeptical of my dad’s immediate answer. Too many past infractions, if you know what I mean.

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Holding on to Hope

Thursday March 29, 2018

Life, with or without Parkinson’s, sometimes feels like a tug-of-war between hope and despair, with the part of the rope played by you. Despair pulls with a mighty undertow, dragging you down into an inky netherworld of pain, helplessness, and fear, then hope pulls fiercely in the opposite direction, toward the clean, well-lit promise of health and happiness.

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Confessions of a Pill Head

Tuesday March 20, 2018

I need a little help in trying to approximate normal. Okay, a bunch of help. My quixotic quest to be a regular guy instead of a quaking, shaking, slow-moving train wreck means I must take a few pills every day. Okay, okay, a heap of pills.

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Tackling PD Together

Tuesday March 13, 2018

Having support is needed in any major life event, especially if you are diagnosed with a disease. Many people who have Parkinson's often struggle with feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Luckily, having a support system can help. Pete Wilkinson from Seattle, Washington was diagnosed with PD in 2012, but he and his wife, Joeve, have filled their lives with optimism and the urge to tackle PD together.

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Pulling the Plug

Thursday February 15, 2018

Recently, a pharmaceutical giant announced it was pulling the plug on its pursuit of new medications for both Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's. This announcement comes in the face of the fact that demand for treatments for both these afflictions, driven by the aging baby boomers, is set to rise sharply over the coming decades. The message is clear: “We aren’t anywhere close to figuring out how to treat these diseases. We give up.”

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Five Important Questions: How Do I Make the Best Decision?

Wednesday February 07, 2018

Do you have any decision in your life that you are struggling with? Maybe it’s deciding to attend that Pedaling for Parkinson's class at the local YMCA or join a support group. Or maybe it’s making a decision about transitioning your loved one into an assisted living community. Maybe fear is standing in your way, you don’t feel capable, or you aren’t sure if now is the right time. Making a decision can be tricky and oftentimes, a bit overwhelming. Here are five important questions to ask yourself when making a decision. Are you ready? Let’s get started!

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