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  • Finding the Workarounds to Help Manage Parkinson’s Disease
    Parkinson’s is a progressive illness. It’s continually changing the brain and body as we grow older. Along with changes from my Parkinson’s, my brain is also changing in response to its “owner’s” demands. I’ve proposed that it’s possible to use this natural neuroplasticity to slow the progression of Parkinson’s, or more accurately, to decrease the disabling effects of the disease ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-07-01By Dr. C
  • Foot Problems Are Challenging for My Sister, Who Has Parkinson’s
    Many of us have likely said, “Oh, my aching feet,” especially after a long walk, run, or hike. As we age, our strength and agility decrease, increasing our chances of experiencing muscle soreness and stiffness. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), balance, walking, and gait issues are usually significant because of the disease’s motor effects. But people with PD may ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-29By Jo Gambosi
  • Make Time to Play Today
    Taking time for relaxation, clarity, or a respite for your health is much needed and well-deserved!  #MotivationMonday ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2022-06-27By Karl Robb
  • The Resilience of Spring, My Garden, and Life With Parkinson’s
    Resilience is the single best predictor of success in life and in building sanctuary. When you live in a tornado-prone area, building a garden sanctuary can be risky. Spring is the time to revitalize from winter. My garden sanctuary uplifts my soul with vibrant blooms. It was built one brick at a time, one flower at a time. But in ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-24By Dr. C
  • An invaluable resource for People with Parkinson’s Disease
    One of the best resources that I have found for people with Parkinson’s is the Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach Program. Their “goal is to improve the quality of life for the person with PD, the caregiver, and the community.”  If you are looking for one reliable resource, this is the one you should subscribe to. You … Continue reading An invaluable ... read more
    Source: Twitchy WomanPublished on 2022-06-23By Skrischer
  • Redefining Victory Moments as My Parkinson’s Progresses
    Living with Parkinson’s disease can feel like an insurmountable challenge. As we strive to maintain our mobility and preserve our way of life, we look for ways to empower ourselves as patients. We want to feel in control and restore our confidence. As the disease progresses, motor symptom difficulties become a part of daily life. However, we must remember that ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-23By Lori DePorter
  • Parkinson’s Has Made My Dad Even More of an Empathetic Listener
    “It looks like I’m getting surgery next month,” I texted my dad one morning. I’ve been dealing with a mystery pain in my foot for nearly a year. Every time I run or rock climb, I end up with a burning sensation in my toe. A recent MRI revealed that I’d torn my plantar plate. “I’m sorry to hear that,” ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-22By Mary Beth Skylis
  • I Encourage My Sister to Remain Determined in Life With Parkinson’s
    Determination can be a powerful ally in life, especially when dealing with a chronic illness like Parkinson’s disease (PD). My sister Bev has stage 3 PD, which causes balance and short-term memory issues, along with hand tremors. Life happens to all of us. There are emotional and sometimes physical challenges in each of our lives. However, for my sister, and ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-22By Jo Gambosi
  • The Sun in Poetry: My Love
    ********** My Love My love has hair Like midnight, But midnight fades to dawn. My love has eyes Like starlight, But starlight fades in morn. My love has a voice Like dew-fall, But dew-fall dies at a breath. My love has love Like life’s all, But life’s all fades in death. – Bruce Nugent The post The Sun in ... read more
    Source: Parking SunsPublished on 2022-06-18By Bruce
  • My Dad and his Research Journey
    When my Dad told me he was going to enroll in a Parkinson’s research study, I wasn’t that surprised. You see, my Dad has always been on the Parkinson’s sidelines, cheering loudly for the success of my ongoing battle with PD. But when he told me they were flying him out to San Fransisco to have a DaT Scan, I ... read more
    Source: The Perky ParkiePublished on 2022-06-17By PerkyParkie
  • Old Age or Parkinson’s? It Can Be Tough to Sort Out
    “How can I tell if it’s Parkinson’s and not just me getting older?” This question was posed by an audience member during a presentation about Parkinson’s disease given at a local support group meeting. I’m not an expert on gerontology (the science of getting older). I was diagnosed at 65, the average age at which most Parkinson’s patients receive their ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-17By Dr. C
  • Old Age or Parkinson’s? It Can Be Tough to Sort Out
    “How can I tell if it’s Parkinson’s and not just me getting older?” This question was posed by an audience member during a presentation about Parkinson’s disease given at a local support group meeting. I’m not an expert on gerontology (the science of getting older). I was diagnosed at 65, the average age at which most Parkinson’s patients receive their ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-17By Dr. C
  • An Honest Discussion About My Sister’s Bladder Issues
    My sister, Bev, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2017 and is currently at stage 3 of the disease. Her present symptoms include gait and balance problems, short-term memory issues, chronic fatigue, and occasional difficulty swallowing. Additionally, because of both her age and PD, Bev experiences bladder problems and has been taking fesoterodine fumarate to manage them. Urinary symptoms ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-15By Jo Gambosi
  • An Honest Discussion About My Sister’s Bladder Issues
    My sister, Bev, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2017 and is currently at stage 3 of the disease. Her present symptoms include gait and balance problems, short-term memory issues, chronic fatigue, and occasional difficulty swallowing. Additionally, because of both her age and PD, Bev experiences bladder problems and has been taking fesoterodine fumarate to manage them. Urinary symptoms ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-15By Jo Gambosi
  • Electric toothbrushes and other gadgets
    Tuesday 14 June 2022I'm surprised I didn't buy one sooner. For the last year or so I've been struggling to brush my teeth. Like most people I brush my teeth at the start of the day and the end of the day, precisely the times when my dopamine levels are at their lowest and my hands barely function. Stoically I ... read more
    Source: Shaking Steven – Living with YOPDPublished on 2022-06-13By Unknown
  • Our Unique Gifts
    We all have unique gifts, abilities, and talents but if we don’t use them, no one else can appreciate them. #MotivationMonday ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2022-06-13By Karl Robb
  • Cycling His Way Through Life With Parkinson’s: The Story of John Alexander
    As Parkinson’s patients, we’re often told that we should exercise regularly. Exercise offers us many physical and mental health benefits and may help slow disease progression. A variety of exercise programs and classes have been designed specifically for Parkinson’s patients, ranging from boxing to tai chi to dancing. Talk with your doctors to determine which form of exercise would suit ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-10By Samantha Felder
  • Cycling His Way Through Life With Parkinson’s: The Story of John Alexander
    As Parkinson’s patients, we’re often told that we should exercise regularly. Exercise offers us many physical and mental health benefits and may help slow disease progression. A variety of exercise programs and classes have been designed specifically for Parkinson’s patients, ranging from boxing to tai chi to dancing. Talk with your doctors to determine which form of exercise would suit ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-10By Samantha Felder
  • The Self Is Dead: Struggling With Loss of Identity in Parkinson’s
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) can wreak havoc on a person’s sense of self. It has changed many aspects of my self-concept. Who is this “new” me? What happened to that fellow I knew for so many years? Since I began writing about Parkinson’s, I have been plagued with this overriding sense that I can’t get in touch with the me I ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-10By Dr. C
  • The Self Is Dead: Struggling With Loss of Identity in Parkinson’s
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) can wreak havoc on a person’s sense of self. It has changed many aspects of my self-concept. Who is this “new” me? What happened to that fellow I knew for so many years? Since I began writing about Parkinson’s, I have been plagued with this overriding sense that I can’t get in touch with the me I ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-10By Dr. C
  • I found a Penny
    As many of you know I lost my fur baby in March.  My dog Crash had been the center of my world for over 13 years. We could communicate without even saying a word or a woof.  The pain was so deep and raw that I thought I might never recover. Coming home to a quiet house was unbearable.  I missed his energy.   ... read more
    Source: The Perky ParkiePublished on 2022-06-09By PerkyParkie
  • COVID19 meets the Twitchy’s
    We were the lucky ones. We had avoided COVID for almost 2 1/2 years in spite of having been exposed numerous times, right from the beginning. Our first encounter was at a conference in Washington DC at the end of February, 2020. We received a notice when we arrived home that we had been exposed … Continue reading COVID19 meets ... read more
    Source: Twitchy WomanPublished on 2022-06-08By Skrischer
  • Finding a Way to Let Dad Know He Isn’t a Burden
    I don’t think feeling like a burden is that uncommon when we’re struggling. I’ve felt this way before. Even though I needed help, I didn’t want anyone to have to adjust their lives to help me. Asking for help makes me feel like I’m taxing to those I love. And how many times can we ask for help before our ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-08By Mary Beth Skylis
  • Finding a Way to Let Dad Know He Isn’t a Burden
    I don’t think feeling like a burden is that uncommon when we’re struggling. I’ve felt this way before. Even though I needed help, I didn’t want anyone to have to adjust their lives to help me. Asking for help makes me feel like I’m taxing to those I love. And how many times can we ask for help before our ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-08By Mary Beth Skylis
  • I Will Always Love and Care for My Sister — Even When It’s Inconvenient
    Have you ever decided to work on a personal project or settled down just to relax, ready to welcome the time alone? If you’re a list-maker like me, you’ve carefully gone over your to-do list and checked every item off. Then, suddenly, it happens — the interruption. Aargh! Someone texts you (or even worse, sends a group text), calls, or ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2022-06-08By Jo Gambosi
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