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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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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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Reader Response: Have Your Lost Your Mind?
Bruce

Reader Response: Have Your Lost Your Mind?

  Today I am responding via my six Reader Response Questions to a 2014 New Yorker article by Michael Kinsley, “Have You Lost Your Mind?” Click here to read the background of the six Reader Response Questions. Describe in your own words what happened in the pages you just read. What are the main points?  (Don’t look …

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Change #3 After the World Parkinson Congress: Deeper Reporting. Case #1: Yuma Bev
Bruce

Change #3 After the World Parkinson Congress: Deeper Reporting. Case #1: Yuma Bev

I realized at the recent World Parkinson Congress that I should be reading more books and articles about PD, and that my blog posts could dive more deeply when I report on the things that I’ve read. So going forward, I’m going to try a response format that we use with students at my school, …

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Cloudy Thursday Morning. Where are the Parking Suns?
Bruce

Cloudy Thursday Morning. Where are the Parking Suns?

The sky on Thursday morning at the World Parkinson Congress was overcast and gray.  Where could we find some parking suns? Let’s start with an early morning power breakfast meeting with some of my sunshiny fellow WPC Official Bloggers:  Laura Kennedy Gould (The Magic Trick); Natasha McCarthy (A Broken Body’s Journey); Marcus Cranston (444 Parkinson’s …

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WPC Photo Roundup – Wednesday!
Bruce

WPC Photo Roundup – Wednesday!

Here are some random snapshots from today’s World Parkinson Congress! A plethora of Parkies to purchase!  Right across from the registration area! Each one longing to bring joy to your life! I finally get to meet DJ Andy of Radio Parkies!  I blogged about Andy after he devoted one of his shows to my Sunny Sunday selections! All …

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Medical Marijuana: The Upgrade
Bruce

Medical Marijuana: The Upgrade

I live in a state where medical marijuana is legal for people with Parkinson’s disease, yet I don’t qualify because you have to exhibit specific PD symptoms which I don’t have (extreme malnutrition, severe or chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms – much obliged, Fox Foundation!).  And as I understand it, …

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75-Year-Old Man with Parkinson’s Learns to Swim!
Bruce

75-Year-Old Man with Parkinson’s Learns to Swim!

So many people with Parkinson’s are witty and on the move!  And I don’t mean movement disorder! Click here for a fun and inspiring New York Times article written by a 75-year-old man with PD who takes swimming lessons for the first time in his life. Here’s the opening paragraph to get you started: If …

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Just Sayin’
Bruce

Just Sayin’

For those of you heading to Portland, Oregon, for the World Parkinson Congress this September, you may be interested in this article from today’s Guardian.  Title:  Polyamorous Portland:  The City Making Open Relationships Easy. Basically, Portland is the most polyamorous city in the United States. The article’s subheading says it all: In Portland, Oregon – …

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All In The Family
Bruce

All In The Family

I may dabble in poetry and other forms of writing, but my grandfather, John Frederick Ballard, was a playwright on Broadway, and now my niece, Gwynn Ballard, who just graduated from New York University’s theater dept. (Tisch School of the Arts), is writing, acting, and sharing her talents everywhere she can in New York. Here’s a …

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