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Take a Hint from PD

Tuesday June 24, 2014

It’s March, 2000. I’m lost in the Spandex of the Tour of Anchorage pre-race crowd. I gawk at all the super-fit athletes around me and try to reassure myself I’m prepared to cross-country ski 50 kilometers through the middle of town. As our pod of racers starts, I notice that they seem to be pulling ahead of me. It’s as if an invisible force is gently but inexorably drawing them forward. Or is it holding me back? Later as I chug up to an aide station, a woman watches with concern, and asks if I’m alright. No problem. I’m fine. Why would she even wonder?

I struggled on to finish hours later, blissfully unaware that in a little more than a year I will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

One of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease is slowness. Not just the slowness of the patient, but also the snail-like progression of the disease in most people. Of course, that is a good thing. With a disorder’s description includes progressive, disabling, and incurable, you don’t want to see words like rapid, swift,or sudden.

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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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One Step At A time

Friday April 04, 2014

Walking improves stamina, energy, heart health, strength, and balance. As a form of exercise walking may even alter the physical and brain changes that occur with Parkinson’s over time. Walking can also help the mind and the soul. Research tells us that exercise including simply just walking, can protect our thinking abilities as we get older and protect from disease…

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Parkinson’s Paradoxes

Monday March 10, 2014

Of the finer miseries of Parkinson’s Disease, perhaps paradox is the finest. Paradox flourishes at every level of PD. Just to start, Parkinson’s Disease robs you of the dexterity you need to handle say, small pills. And you manage PD symptoms with... little tiny pills! This makes for hours of fun, from getting them out of their tamper-resistant bottles to swallowing them, in a disease, by the way, that interferes with... swallowing! Fiendish! But that is only the beginning.

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Acting out your dreams- a sleep problem in Parkinson's disease

Friday August 16, 2013

REM sleep disorder is a condition described as active, vivid and sometimes violent dreaming. Bed-partners describe restless dreaming that can include talking, screaming, punching and even getting out of bed to physically' act out a dream.

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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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Top Ten Tips for Parkinson’s Disease- Tell us yours

Saturday April 06, 2013

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Chances are you know the value of information and support if you are living with Parkinson’s disease.

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Parkinson’s fitness programs need to be tailored to the individual to get results

Saturday July 14, 2012

Begin by consulting with your medical exercise team (your healthcare provider, physical therapist and exercise trainer with medical expertise).

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Walking and balance can significantly impact quality of life- but is treatable.

Wednesday May 16, 2012

Movement symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and slowness are the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

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How does posture change with Parkinson’s?

Saturday April 21, 2012

Posture changes for many reasons- Some causes are related to Parkinson’s- Some related to weakness-Some related to arthritic changes

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