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Swimming the Hudson River
Bruce

Swimming the Hudson River

Today, with the support of Parky 1, Parky 2 and Parky 3, I swam across the Hudson River from the city of Newburgh to the town of Beacon.  Newburgh and Beacon are not quite halfway up the Hudson River if you’re traveling from New York City to Albany, the state capital.  The river is a …

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Exercise and Anxiety
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Exercise and Anxiety

The New York Times recently recycled an article (“Why Exercise Makes You Less Anxious”) that it had published years ago on the relationship between anxiety and exercise – specifically aerobic and endurance exercises.  The bottom line:  by exercising regularly over time (at least six weeks might be the minimum), your mind will develop healthy new …

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The Athletic Life: One Aspect
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The Athletic Life: One Aspect

Yesterday I entered the Grimaldo’s One Mile Swim Competition, held on the beach at Coney Island.  Things did not go as planned.  Let’s tell the story chronologically… The alarm clock rings at 4:30 a.m.  Parky 1, 2, and 3 are ready to go, and so are my goggles, towel and Parkinson’s pills.  The picture is …

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Help Bruce Swim His Way to a Cure for Parkinson’s!
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Help Bruce Swim His Way to a Cure for Parkinson’s!

Summer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the streets…and swimming long distance open water events to raise funds for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research! Click here to donate! I am swimming in three events: – July 22: Grimaldo’s Mile (a one-mile race along the beach at Coney Island) – …

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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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