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...

What is Caregiving?

As time goes by it seems that we get to know more about the disease than the experts. Perhaps not the technical aspects, but We know first hand about medications, reactions and side effects. We know the hands-on, daily living challenges not the clinical view or...

Shaking Away

Parkinson’s Disease, a shaking palsy, a ceaseless dance, a movement disorder, the progressive degeneration of the dopamine producing cells of the substantia nigra – and it is so much more. It traps us in our bodies in ways that are deceptive. It robs us of our...

A Caregiver’s Journey

Colorado blue skies and Rocky Mountain Highs have nothing on the glorious Hudson Valley today. It’s a crisp, clear, wonderful sunny day and the sparkling water,colorful sailboats and majestic Palisades framing our wonderful waterfront walk are spectacular. As I...

The Symptoms I Hate

What follows is a peek into the mind of a PD Patient. In the early stages of this disease, I find these symptoms particularly bothersome: Tremors: Fortunately this symptom does not, as yet, have a serious impact on my day-to-day activities. My tremors are quite mild,...

Ain’t No Mountain Higher

Reflecting on my initial reaction when my neurologist confirmed a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, I must admit I had no clue as to what to expect. While awaiting my first appointment I did a few internet searches and did get some meaningful insight into such...

From the Observation Deck

A little over two years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and shortly thereafter joined thie Caregiver’s Forum on this Web site – for two reasons: First, I thought it would provide me and my caretaker with valuable insight into the disease, its...

The Leash

As my Parkinson’s symptoms escalate, I have begun wondering about when my caregiver will have to put on “the leash.” With my typical male ego apparent, I have already steadfastly refused to accept help in managing several PD symptoms. Among the...

We all seem to be facing the same problems

I was a speaker at a Parkinson’s Disease Symposium recently and I found it to be a very interesting and enlightening experience. What I found enlightening is something I have been aware of because I have many PD caregiver friends – it’s the similarity in...