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Parkinson’s Ping-Pong Panacea
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Parkinson’s Ping-Pong Panacea

I’ve written about (click!  click!  click!  click!  click!) and have been frequently attending the weekly Parkinson’s night at the nearby Westchester Table Tennis Center.   About ten Parkies come each week, and the format is basically the same:  we do some stretching exercises, we watch two of the instructors demonstrate some basic moves at one …

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Writing in Kindergarten
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Writing in Kindergarten

This week I was in a kindergarten class at my school, sitting next to a girl who was writing in her journal.  Her teacher’s instructions were to write anything she wanted to write, using words she knew from having studied them throughout the year. The girl wrote the following possibly sad? revealing? story.  She needed …

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Drug Regimen Updated Again!
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Drug Regimen Updated Again!

Here’s my latest drug regimen, which my neurologist updated to increase the Clonazepam and Nortriptyline, which should tamp down the anxiety that was ruthlessly ruling (rudely ruining? routinely uprooting?) my life. I’ve included medications prescribed by my primary care physician, such as Androgel and Simvastatin. Morning R = Ropinirole 0.5 mg; S = Sinemet 25/100; …

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The Perennial Closet + Yet Another Symptom
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The Perennial Closet + Yet Another Symptom

Here’s something that happened to me this week. I work in a public charter school in the Bronx, and I was in a 5th Grade science class while the children were doing Internet research projects on cells.  The teacher had created a master website list of all sorts of child-friendly sites that the children could …

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Parkinson’s Unity Walk – New York City
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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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Ping-Pong Power Play
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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
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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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Unite for Parkinson’s Day
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Unite for Parkinson’s Day

Today is April 11 – World Parkinson’s Day! From the website Unite for Parkinson’s: WHAT IS WORLD PARKINSON’S DAY? World Parkinson’s Day is held on 11 April every year. It marks the birthday of Dr James Parkinson, who is most famous for publishing ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’ in 1817 and establishing Parkinson’s as …

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22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 2
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22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 2

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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22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 1
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22 Push-Up Challenge to Raise Awareness of Veteran Suicide – Week 1

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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