Physical Exercise

Individual Parkies Taking Charge
Bruce

Individual Parkies Taking Charge

There’s been a bunch of articles recently about average Jane or Joe Parkies taking charge of their lives and speaking out.  Shall we review a few? 1. Mike Wood Lifts Weights Mike Wood, who lives in La Grande, Oregon, learned he had Parkinson’s three years ago, when he was 58.  At first he was devastated …

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Parkinson’s Ping-Pong Panacea
Bruce

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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Young Onset Parkies In the News
Bruce

Young Onset Parkies In the News

Here are two contrasting stories of Young Onset Parkies in the recent news. 1.  Top Reader Response in This Week’s New York Times Chris, in San Francisco, wrote a reader response to a NY Times article about the U.S. House of Representatives’ repeal of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).  His comment received the most …

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

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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Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth
Bruce

Parkinson’s Disease Anxiety:  5 Ways Out of This Labyrinth

As I have written before, Parkies are at high risk for anxiety disorder.  This is not merely because we’re reacting in fear to our diagnosis, but because PD changes the chemical structure of our brain in a way that naturally brings on anxiety and its partner-in-crime, depression.  As one article that I read noted, researchers found …

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

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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