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Forcing the Attitude of Reality

 

People with Parkinson’s disease, like, I suspect, people with any serious condition, can fall into two groups based on their attitudes toward the disease. ... read more

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Getting Used to a Support Group

 

Some people, particularly men, are put off by the idea of support groups. They think of them as touchy-huggy-feely weep sessions and want nothing to do with them. ... read more

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The Search for a Biomarker

 

One of the frustrations for medical professionals in dealing with Parkinson’s disease is the lack of a biomarker, a medical test result that indicates there may be a problem. ... read more

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Learning: Services

 

Caregiving, whether for Parkinson’s disease or any of the other afflictions that can strike us, is hard. But too many caregivers are doing it by themselves. ... read more

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Learning: Parkinson's

 

Caregivers need to learn and one of the topics is about the disease itself. There are two reasons why this is important. ... read more

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Focused Ultrasound – The Pros and Cons

 

A recent development in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease is focused ultrasound. Does this replace DBS surgery? What are the arguments for each? ... read more

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The Three Dimensions of Caregiving

 

In your book on Parkinson's, you talk about the three dimensions of caregiving. Can you please summarize them? ... read more

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How Parkinson’s Disease Changed Our Lives

 

How did Parkinson’s disease change your life? How did it impact you and others close to Sandra? ... read more

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The Range of Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

 

Parkinson’s disease is complex. Did the range of symptoms your wife experienced come as a surprise to you? ... read more

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Increased Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

 

Why is increased awareness about both Parkinson’s disease and caring important? ... read more

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The Value of Sharing Stories

 

How can sharing Parkinson’s and caregiving stories be both supportive and therapeutic for those involved? ... read more

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The Criticality of Learning for Caregivers

 

Caregiving is a job. But unlike the jobs people take on, this is one for which we’re not qualified. Even if caregiving falls upon trained professionals—care aides or nurses—its demands go beyond any normal work obligations. ... read more

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An Early Warning Sentinel for Caregivers

 

I’ve recently come across and have been developing a different form of support for caregivers. It is a role that I call the “early warning sentinel.” ... read more

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Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Sleep

 

In my previous blog posts about accommodating to Parkinson’s, I talked about the importance of exercise and diet. This post deals with the third essential: sleep. ... read more

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Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Diet

 

In my last posts, I suggested that one key to living well with a serious disease like Parkinson’s is to treat it as a life problem to be accommodated. Last week, I talked about exercise. Now let’s turn to diet. ... read more

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Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise

 

Dealing with Parkinson's as a life problem to be accommodated is a key to living well with it. Let’s begin with what, for many of us is the biggie: exercise. ... read more

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Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease

 

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, like any long-term ailment, can be shattering. It can seem as if your life—at least a normal one—is over. But a disease is just another obstacle in life. Living well requires that we deal with it. ... read more

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The Holiday Season for Caregivers

 

The holiday season can be a source of distress for those thrust into the role of caregiver. What is there to celebrate when your loved one can’t help decorate the tree or prepare the extravagant meals or even make the trek to the mall alone to get that special gift? Is there any point to celebrating? Is it even reasonable to do so? ... read more

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Index of posts

Forcing the Attitude of Reality
Article on Caregiving
August 6, 2018

Getting Used to a Support Group
Article on Caregiving
June 25, 2018

The Search for a Biomarker
Article on Parkinson's
June 18, 2018

Learning: Services
Article on Caregiving
June 11, 2018

Learning: Parkinson's
Article on Caregiving
May 28, 2018

Focused Ultrasound – The Pros and Cons
Article on Parkinsons
May 22, 2018

The Three Dimensions of Caregiving
Article on Caregiving
April 30, 2018

How Parkinson’s Disease Changed Our Lives
Article on Parkinsons
April 23, 2018

The Range of Symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease
Article on Parkinsons
April 16, 2018

Increased Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease
Article on Parkinsons
April 9, 2018

The Value of Sharing Stories
Article on Caregiving
April 2, 2018

The Criticality of Learning for Caregivers
Article on Caregiving
March 19, 2018

An Early Warning Sentinel for Caregivers
Article on Caregiving
March 5, 2018

Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Sleep
Article on Parkinsons
February 19, 2018

Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Diet
Article on Parkinsons
January 29, 2018

Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease: Exercise
Article on Parkinsons
January 22, 2018

Accommodating Parkinson’s Disease
Article on Parkinsons
January 15, 2018

The Holiday Season for Caregivers
Article on Caregiving
January 1, 2018