Friday, April 20, 2018

What Has Having Parkinson's Disease Taught You? Meeting Friday April 21

Hello friends, We have a meeting coming up this Saturday at 3:30 on the fifth floor of the Pioneer Home in glamorous downtown Anchorage.  To get a different angle on PD, my hope is to have a discussion centered around the question "What is something that I learned from having Parkinson's Disease? " So come prepared with ideas or make something up on the spot, but be ready be eager, be enthused to talk about your take on Parkinson's Disease. Thanks,
Peter

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Can You Spot the Parkie?

One of the three friends depicted below has Parkinson's. Your challenge: Identify the correct skier!

Monday, February 19, 2018

New Installment of the PD Pundit up now


Hey friends, the PD pundit is pontificating on Parkinson's again! You can see the latest installment, the Holy Grail of Parkinson's here

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Support Group Meeting Saturday, February 17: Rock Steady Boxing!

Hello friends, we will have a boffo meeting this Saturday with a presentation on a new Rock Steady Boxing program that is forming in Anchorage This is one of the most  popular PD exercise programs, so it's exciting to have it happening here in Anchorage. See you at 3:30 at the Pioneer Home, This Saturday!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Support Group Meeting Alert (This is NOT a Drill!)

Hey Everybody, It's a meeting alert! We will have our regularly scheduled meeting this Saturday, January 20th, 3:30 at the usual place, the Pioneer home 5th floor West lounge. We will have a parkinson's pop quiz to start the new year right, so bring your brains, or your gut or whatever you use to do your best thinking. (Magic 8-balls, ok too!)

see you soon!

Peter

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A few notes on falling


Back when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, I had a fear of falling. There were two things I especially did not relish about the idea that it would become a part of my modern lifestyle. #1 was pain, and the possibility of a fall leading to broken bones, leading to becoming bedridden, leading to bedsores, leading to infection, leading to death. #2 The fact that, back then (17 years ago!) there was nothing I could find known to improve falling. As a person with Parkinson's, you were just doomed to fall. Get used to it.

This was very frustrating, and horribly demoralizing. And we now know, not true. Yes, you will fall more if you have PD, but there are now activities that can improve your balance, stopping falls before they happen. I did a two-part infocomic on this topic, you can find the first part here, and the second here. Walk tall, don't fall. That's all.