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  • Is Parkinson’s the Culprit for Every Calamity in Life?
    Can those of us with Parkinson’s disease blame the condition for all of our trials and tribulations? The quick answer often is “Yes. Absolutely.” However, it’s not always so black and white. While it’s true that Parkinson’s complicates things, it’s not responsible for every calamity in life. Various circumstances can bring trauma into our lives. Sometimes we come to that ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-11-04By Lori DePorter
  • The Challenge of Being a Caregiver Is Seeing a Loved One Struggle
    As a moderator for the Parkinson’s News Today Forums, I recently posed a question that’s received several surprising responses. I asked our forum members about their greatest challenge as a caregiver for someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD). I had imagined they might cite medication management, doctor appointments, meal preparation, household responsibilities, or other obstacles. These tasks are complicated for those ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-11-03By Mary Beth Skylis
  • How Facial Exercises Can Benefit People With Parkinson’s
    In my recent column about oral health, I discussed how some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD), such as facial stiffness and decreased tone and strength in the jaw, tongue, and facial muscles, can lead to dental problems. These issues, combined with dry mouth and decreased amounts of saliva, can also affect swallowing. The facial and jaw problems associated with PD ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-11-03By Jo Gambosi
  • The Inevitable Changes of Our Lives
    The inevitable changes of our lives can come at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. It is the challenges of change that test our flexibility and resilience. #MotivationMonday ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2021-11-01By Karl Robb
  • The Sun in Poetry: Mildew
    I have many poems which mention the sun, but this one seems appropriate for Halloween as well as for the post just before this, which mentioned the real life Leatherman, who lived in caves during the second half of the 19th Century. ******************** Mildew Behold, within that cavern drear and dank, Whose walls in rainbow tints so dimly shine, ... read more
    Source: Parking SunsPublished on 2021-10-30By Bruce
  • Meet John Ball
    I think John is the perfect story to be the first person with Parkinson’s in our interviews as he shares his wisdom and indomitable spirit. ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2021-10-29By Karl Robb
  • What is an Oscillopathy? – Part 1
    One question I have been trying to answer for years now is, what kinds of knowledge would someone like myself have to acquire to try and understand the brain and neurodegenerative diseases? Which subjects would I need under my belt to even attempt to make sense of our brains and why some parts of it degenerate faster in some ... read more
    Source: Tomorrow EditionPublished on 2021-10-29By Benjamin
  • Brain Waves and Parkinson’s: A Possible Link to the ‘Flicker Effect’
    While searching for a way to communicate telepathically, German psychiatrist Hans Berger invented the EEG machine to measure pulsating electrical brain activity in 1924. Professing my ignorance, I know more about telepathy as “advanced empathy” from my PhD thesis than I do about electroencephalography, or EEG. Seldom do I stray outside my field of brain rehabilitation. But the scattered bits ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-29By Dr. C
  • Halloween Musings
    “On Halloween you get to become anything that you want to be.” — Ava Dellaira What do you want to be on Halloween? And what if you could be granted three wishes on Halloween by your Halloween alter ego? Halloween is mystical, magical holiday, not matter how old you are. It has become a holiday where we ... read more
    Source: Twitchy WomanPublished on 2021-10-29By skrischer
  • No Bones Day
    I was scrolling through my social media platforms the other day and I fell into the rabbit hole of TikTok and Instagram.  Once you start you can’t stop.  One video led to the next one and before I knew it, I’d lost hours of my life that I will never get back.  I do have to admit, although the video clips are not ... read more
    Source: The Perky ParkiePublished on 2021-10-27By PerkyParkie
  • Take Another Mindful Walk + Update on My Legs
    * * * * * * * * * * Autumn is a great time to walk in the woods, but before we get started, please click here to view my workout schedule from the past two months.  In my last blog post I discussed my battles with falling and festinating gait, claiming that “If I work out five ... read more
    Source: Parking SunsPublished on 2021-10-27By Bruce
  • The Challenge of Oral Health in Parkinson’s Disease
    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is known to affect oral health because of disease-related symptoms. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, physical issues such as rigidity, shaking, uncontrolled movements, and even balance problems can prevent a person with PD from keeping up good oral hygiene. Increased or decreased amounts of saliva, which also are associated with medications taken to treat PD, can lead ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-27By Jo Gambosi
  • Cornucopia of Tools
    There is a cornucopia of possible tools for people with Parkinson's disease to discover. It takes an open mind, open heart, and a little faith. #MotivationMonday ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2021-10-25By Karl Robb
  • Hola! Me Llamo Gavin
    I have the cherished good fortune of being happy most of the time. ... read more
    Source: Your Move Fitness (Gavin Mogan)Published on 2021-10-22By Your Move Fitness
  • Stress Management for Living Better With PD
    Someone once uttered the maxim, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” If we apply that notion to stress we could say, “Everybody talks about stress, but nobody seems to do anything about it.” This seems particularly true when Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and their caregivers experience stress. Stress is about more than wanting to escape ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-22By Dr. C
  • Tony Bennett Concerts Reveal Music’s Therapeutic Power
    Along with my fellow columnists at Parkinson’s News Today, I have previously written about the benefits of music and dance for those with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions. Research has shown that dancing to music may slow the progression of both motor and non-motor symptoms by affecting gait, mood, memory, and other cognitive skills. Seeing is believing On Oct. 3, CBS’ ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-21By Lori DePorter
  • How Faith and Prayer Help My Sister Cope With Parkinson’s
    My sister Bev, who has stage 3 Parkinson’s disease (PD), is a devout member of the Catholic faith. She clings to her beliefs and says, “Prayer and my faith have helped sustain me when dealing with my PD diagnosis and other medical issues that I’ve had in the past.” PD is not the only challenge that Bev has confronted. ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-20By Jo Gambosi
  • Change is Imminent
    Nothing is truly stationary in our lives. The reality is that change is imminent. #MotivationMonday ... read more
    Source: A Soft Voice In A Noisy WorldPublished on 2021-10-18By Karl Robb
  • Learning to Pay Attention to the ‘Histamine Flicker’
    I was surprised to discover a link between my chronic runny nose and Parkinson’s disease (PD) while I was doing research on the effect of over-the-counter antihistamines on PD medications. I have always thought that my chronic runny nose was because of allergies. I sneeze when I walk down the laundry soap aisle in the grocery store, or when the ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-15By Dr. C
  • ‘Movin’ It’ With Hip Hop Dance Classes for People With Parkinson’s
    “I like to move it, move it. I like to move it, move it. I like to move it!” These dance tune lyrics, interpreted in the animated children’s movie “Madagascar,” reflect an unfortunate reality for many Parkinson’s patients. Some Parkinson’s patients appear to be constantly moving, which is known in the Parkinson’s world as dyskinesia. Dyskinesia entails involuntary movements that ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-14By Samantha Felder
  • Hobbies and Leisure Activities Help My Sister Manage Parkinson’s Disease
    My sister Bev, who has stage 3 Parkinson’s disease (PD), loves to bake. Although she has moderate cognitive issues, baking and gardening are things she can still do well. Despite her Parkinson’s, these hobbies help her to focus and concentrate. Bev says that concentrating deeply on a task helps her to think more clearly and avoid drifting thoughts. Sometimes, it ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s News Today (Columns)Published on 2021-10-13By Jo Gambosi
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Parkinson’s
    Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.Helen Keller Five years ago, in October 2016, I wrote about Breast Cancer vs Parkinsons, which turns out to be my most popular post since beginning this blog. It is still getting read almost daily by someone, somewhere. Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ... read more
    Source: Twitchy WomanPublished on 2021-10-12By skrischer
  • Parkinson’s: Right Now
    “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” Will Rogers “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom Today: A constant theme here is to embrace today, try not to live in the past, and importantly, try not to fear what has yet happened in tomorrow. Why is this ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2021-10-12By Frank C. Church
  • Update: My Battle(s) with Falling and Festinating Gait
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In January this year, I wrote about how I was starting to experience festinating gait when I woke up each morning.  My feet would shuffle along the floor as if my shoelaces were tied together, and this lasted until my first round of meds kicked ... read more
    Source: Parking SunsPublished on 2021-10-11By Bruce
  • President Biden Promotes National Coming Out Day…
    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * President Biden issued the following proclamation to support National Coming Out Day: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Today, we celebrate National Coming Out Day and the courage of LGBTQ+ people who live their lives with pride, ... read more
    Source: Parking SunsPublished on 2021-10-11By Bruce
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