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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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Finding Time for Caregiver Care

Tuesday April 28, 2015

When taking care of your loved one is a full time job, how do you take care of the caregiver?

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Caregiver Burnout - Write it Down!

Monday September 15, 2014

Caregiver burnout is caused by emotional and physical stress that is associated with the toll caregiving can place on finances, social engagement and physical health. In this blog, we will explore simple things you can do to reduce the effect of caregiver strain on you.

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Nature's Moments

Friday April 04, 2014

We’ve long known that connecting with nature has a powerful influence over us. Studies evaluating the effect of nature on healing show that this effect is real and not just imagined. Using nature videos, artwork and exposure to the outdoors, researchers show that recovery from surgery is faster, the length of hospital stays are reduced and the healing process is enhanced. Natural spaces stimulated creativity, engagement, and problem solving yet at the same time add a sense of peacefulness and calm. Nature gives us a respect for our interconnectedness, adds meaning and purpose to life. Hospitals, hospice programs and healing arts practitioners now intentionally add nature to their décor and environment to enhance personal healing.

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The Importance of Care before Cure: NWPF’s Past, Present & Future

Wednesday February 26, 2014

That mantra has been the driving force behind the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation since its inception more than a decade and half ago. And, Care before Cure will guide our decisions today and into the future.

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Is leg pain a symptom of Parkinson's?

Wednesday September 25, 2013

Leg pain can be significant and have many causes; some related to Parkinson’s disease, some that increase in frequency with age and others that are more common in both conditions.

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Look beyond Parkinson’s when symptoms change quickly

Saturday August 31, 2013

An abrupt change in PD symptoms may be caused by a problem other than PD. Treatment therefore may require a different approach then simply changing Parkinson’s medicines.

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Are there recommendations for the best type of mattress for Parkinson's?

Saturday August 03, 2013

Preference for bedding and type of mattress differs from one person to the next. An old mattress can be uncomfortable, lose its support and contribute to back pain or sleeping problems.

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What do I need to know about vitamins?

Thursday May 30, 2013

The vitamin and supplement industry is a multibillion dollar business. If you search the internet, browse your pharmacy aisle or read a magazine you will discover many claims about a supplement treating a multitude of symptoms, cure disease, or increase vitality.

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When do I need to see a physical therapist?

Friday May 24, 2013

Chances are you will benefit from a physical therapy (PT) evaluation and treatment if you have movement symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease or other brain condition.

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