Gay – LGBTQ

Exercise and Anxiety
Bruce

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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Gay Senior Housing Complexes Can’t Keep Up With Demand
Bruce

Gay Senior Housing Complexes Can’t Keep Up With Demand

I’ve reported recently about the problems some LGBTQ Parkies may face looking for a safe residence in a senior citizen community (click!  click!  click!  click!).  Today’s New York Times writes about gay-friendly senior apartments opening up around the country.  Now the problem is meeting the demand:  sometimes 1000 people apply for a gay-friendly residence that has …

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A Great Solution for Gay Senior Citizens
Bruce

A Great Solution for Gay Senior Citizens

I’ve posted a few times about the difficulties LGBTQ Parkies face, especially as they age and are in need of housing (click!  click!  click!).  One problem, as exemplified in the case of Marsha Wetzel, is finding a senior citizen residence where you aren’t harassed by fellow residents who are anti-gay, and where you feel supported by …

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More Potential Dangers for LGBTQ Parkies
Bruce

More Potential Dangers for LGBTQ Parkies

Last week I reviewed a host of issues concerning Parkinson’s disease and the LGBTQ community; it was a follow-up on an earlier post I wrote shortly after the World Parkinson Congress in September. This week there is another news item on the same topic.  The Texas Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared that married same-sex …

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Inequities in Parkinson’s Disease Medical Treatment
Bruce

Inequities in Parkinson’s Disease Medical Treatment

John L. Lehr, the chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Foundation, recently published an article titled “Working Toward a World Without Parkinson’s Disease.”  The first paragraph ends with these optimistic words: While there is no cure for Parkinson’s and no proven way to slow its progression, there is new reason to hope for a world …

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Gay, with Parkinson’s.  An Update.
Bruce

Gay, with Parkinson’s.  An Update.

After the World Parkinson Congress last September in Portland, I posted a blog titled “Gay, with Parkinson’s.  What are the Issues?”  It basically elaborated on a list of issues that two gay couples attending the Congress and I came up with one night at dinner. Here’s an update on things I think LGBTQ Parkies must …

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Gay, With Parkinson’s.  What are the Issues?
Bruce

Gay, With Parkinson’s.  What are the Issues?

Actually, I hope this is just the start of a conversation about what it’s like being LGBTQ and having Parkinson’s disease.  Full disclosure:  I’m gay, and I was diagnosed with PD about four and a half years ago. Background on the list below:  When I went to the World Parkinson Congress (WPC) this September, in …

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Downton Abbey Downers
Bruce

Downton Abbey Downers

I just watched the final episode of “Downton Abbey.”  It was chock-a-block with happy endings (“more happy endings than a gay massage parlor,” quips the Dowager Countess in the director’s cut), except for two things. 1.  Carson, the head butler who ran the household, evinces what looks like incipient Parkinson’s disease:  His right hand trembles when …

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Do I Sound Gay?
Bruce

Do I Sound Gay?

You don’t have to answer that; I already know.  People have told me, sometimes angrily.  For example, in one heated family argument many years ago, a family member snapped, “You don’t have to tell anyone you’re gay.  Everyone knows as soon as you come into the room!”  I don’t know if my relative was referring to the way …

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