It is about tricking the neural pathway

Notes from the author of Ultimate Parkinson’s Tips to Walk Faster, Stand Up, Unfreeze, Turn in Bed, and More Ever since Dyskinesia became a problem for me (five years ago), I began experimenting with reducing my medication in an effort to reduce the...

Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death

The following is an excerpt from my memoir, Imperfect Endings: A Daughter’s Tale of Life and Death. The book is about my mother’s decision to end her life after living with Parkinson’s disease for many years and the struggle my two older sisters and...

Driving Dilema

My husband was a quiet man, soft spoken and calm. When I heard his voice rising in volume and intensity, I paused in the doorway to hear what was upsetting him. He was speaking to his brother on the telephone, and he sounded exasperated. “Harold,” he said,...

Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life

Guest commentary by Michael S. Okun, M.D. , National Medical Director, National Parkinson Foundation. The reason I wrote this Parkinson’s Treatment Book, was to reach as many people from as many cultures and languages worldwide and to arm them with 10 secrets...

Coping…24 hours a day

“The neurologist solemnly announced his findings. You cannot control your tears as your husband is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. From that moment on your lives begin to change. New roles have been established. The patient’s needs may take priority; the...

Change and Parkinson’s Disease

O Henry! The irony of it all! Long ago, pre-Parkinson’s, I was a welder. Needless to say, with Parkinson’s, the welding went by by. (If one can’t hold hands and arms still, one cannot lay down a straight bead of weld.) Retraining was offered,...

Joe, Doors and Parkinson’s disease

What a strange, symbolic and literal relationship this is. Let’s take a look, if You’re reading this, someone you know and love has or had Parkinson’s disease. At sometime they arrived in a Neurologist’s office — I’ll start there. Here we...

Teaching and spreading awareness

Of the many challenges facing the Parkinson Community, I was again reminded today of understanding. Today, class was held at the dental clinic. I had a panoramic X-ray taken (my first ever). Now I don’t know for sure if the assistant ever had a Parkinsonian as a...

You just never know, or a Parkinson’s life!

In the cool autumn afternoon there is the sound of shuffling steps, crunching leaves, the rhythmic drag of a rake, then the rustle of a tarp being laid out. The rake propels leaves onto the tarp, the corners are gathered and the tarp is lifted toward a shoulder. In...

Musing about two different Parkinsons

Parkinson’s Law: C Nortcote Parkinson wrote and proposed this satirical criticism simply put “work expands to fill the time available for it’s completion.” This principal is for business, as it goes, an official in order to appear busy makes up...