PT or not PT?

On Sunday, our Inspired Women with Parkinson's in Los Angeles group met with Dr. Ali Elder of [re+active] physical therapy and wellness in Los Angeles.  Dr. Elder spoke to us about the benefits of exercise for People with Parkinson's (PWP) and showed slides of dopamine in the brain before and after exercise.  Exercises can delay the progression …

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Looking Forward to 2016

The cures we want aren’t going to fall from the sky. We have to get ladders and climb up and get them. — Michael J. Fox As 2015 comes to a close, those of us in the Parkinson's community are excited about the many new  research discoveries regarding the causes and treatments for Parkinson's Disease.  …

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Getting Past Denial

"I don't want to be around other people with Parkinson's.  I am still in denial."    Anonymous Sunday, I invited several women with Parkinson's Disease to a meeting at my home in order to form a support system for women with PD in Los Angeles.  One woman cancelled the day before; she said she was still …

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Women & Parkinson’s Initiative (Part 2)

I am truly honored to be part of this distinguished group of women.  I read everyone's bios, but they do not do them justice.  Each is remarkable in her own way.  And Parkinson's brought us together.  I have heard many times how their lives have been enriched, yes enriched, by having PD.  No, we don't …

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Why do I write?

For those of you under 45, you probably never had to write without a computer.  I always hated the process of writing.  When I was in high school and college, the first thing you would do is outline what you wanted to say.  Then fill it out by writing, ON PAPER, whatever your assignment was. …

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