Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City
Bruce

Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City

Yesterday was the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York’s Central Park. The photo above shows the starting gate, where I was supposed to meet some friends from Europe (Andy Butler and the Radio Parkies crowd).  But I was way late because the New York City traffic was at a standstill, as the streets near Central …

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Throwback Thursdays Art – w/ Update!
Bruce

Throwback Thursdays Art – w/ Update!

Every Thursday, as part of my personal “enriched environment” initiative, I post a piece of art, usually from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which recently released online some 400,000 high-resolution images of its collection.  All artwork will show a sun (or sunlight) somewhere.  I won’t name the piece or the artist, but instead invite you …

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Ping-Pong Power Play
Bruce

Ping-Pong Power Play

I’ve started attending the weekly Parkinson’s Ping-Pong night at the nearby Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville.  It’s really a wonderful service they provide.  Typically about ten Parkies are there, plus five or six instructors. The program’s mission is to help Parkies slow the progression of the disease by playing ping-pong regularly.  Ping-pong involves hand-eye …

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22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 3
Bruce

22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 3

Last year Andy Dousis, a colleague at work, challenged me (and others) to do 22 push-ups a day for 22 days to raise awareness that every day in America some 22 military veterans commit suicide.  As part of the challenge, I had to post my push-ups on YouTube, Facebook and here. Andy challenged me again …

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Canadian Parkie in the News
Bruce

Canadian Parkie in the News

Yesterday’s CBC News (in Canada) reported on Robyn Levy, a young woman with Parkinson’s who fights back through exercise and art.  (She was also a fellow official blogger of the last World Parkinson Congress!) From the article: In the ten years that she’s battled Parkinson’s, she’s written a published book, taken up painting as a hobby, and become …

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Parkinson’s Unity Walk – This Saturday in NYC!
Bruce

Parkinson’s Unity Walk – This Saturday in NYC!

If you’re in New York City this weekend, be sure to join the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park.  Thousands of Parkies will be there, as well as their friends, family and caregivers.  There’s also a section of booths where dozens of Parkinson’s disease associations set up shop, and plenty of places to sit, relax, …

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Throwback Thursdays Art – w/ Update!
Bruce

Throwback Thursdays Art – w/ Update!

Every Thursday, as part of my personal “enriched environment” initiative, I post a piece of art, usually from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which recently released online some 400,000 high-resolution images of its collection.  All artwork will show a sun (or sunlight) somewhere.  I won’t name the piece or the artist, but instead invite you …

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Parkinson’s Possibly Cured in Mice; Humans Next in Line?
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Parkinson’s Possibly Cured in Mice; Humans Next in Line?

Yesterday’s BBC reported that an international research team was able to reverse Parkinson’s disease in mice (or at least greatly reduce their symptoms) by re-engineering cells already in the brain (called astrocytes) to start producing dopamine, the chemical that Parkies don’t have enough of because the normal brain cells that produce it are dying off. However, …

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