Reflection on Friday- Exercise is Medicine

“Neurons that fire together wire together. Mental states become neural traits. Day after day, your mind is building your brain. This is what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” Rick Hanson “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” Santiago Ramón y Cajal The Brain and the Central Nervous System …

Word for Wednesday: Life

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” Paulo Coelho “Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark “Stop existing in …

Thought for Thursday: Live With Hope

"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life." Emil Brunner "Once you choose hope, anything's possible" Christopher Reeve "Your jar-of-hope will be challenged daily by Parkinson’s; hopefully, you will keep the jar at least half-filled and not half-empty of hope." Frank C. Church Also see these blog posts: Staying …

Parkinson’s- Motion Monday- Exercise

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” William H. Cooper “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” Marcus Tullius Cicero "Find some exercises you like, make it a routine.Find others who like what you like, makes it more fun.Your life with Parkinson’s is …

Parkinson’s: Won’t Back Down

"The beginning is always today." Mary Wollstonecraft "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a minute, hourly, and daily challenge. It takes patience, determination, persistence, and the ability to not back down from the challenge it presents. In one of Tom Petty's …

Brief Report: Social Isolation and Loneliness are Risk Factors for Worsening Parkinson’s Symptoms

"A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships." Desmond Tutu "There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn't. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes." Henry Cloud Précis: Humans need connection, contact, and social interactions to thrive and survive. We …

Staying Hopeful With Parkinson’s

"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” George Iles  "Learn from yesterday, Live for today and Hope for tomorrow.”   Albert Einstein Introduction: The Cambridge dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that something desired can be had or will happen." Hope is a key word in your life with Parkinson’s. A heart that …

Go FAR and Be ADEPT With Exercises For Parkinson’s

"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." Jerry West "Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." Arnold Palmer Précis: By now, everyone knows the importance of exercise. However, in my opinion, you cannot hear it enough. Exercise is Medicine, especially …

Living Well With Parkinson’s

"Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much." Ralph Waldo Emerson "He who has a why to live can bear almost any how." Friedrich Nietzsche **Introduction: Recently, I wrote a blog post entitled "A Checklist for Supporting Someone with Parkinson’s" (to read it click here). Briefly, I had been meeting people who had friends with …

Prescription for Parkinson’s: Exercise is Medicine

"Exercise: you don't have time not to" George A. Sheehan "It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor." Marcus Tullius Cicero A Mantra for Prescription for Parkinson's: Exercise is Medicine"With Parkinson’s, we need Dopamine.From Exercise, we make ‘Hopeamine.’If this is true, pick exercises you enjoy.Try to maximize your daily …