When was the last time you danced? In recent years, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) has seen growing popularity and availability of dance programs designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease. In fact, the trend was discussed a few weeks ago in a National Public Radio segment. Have you or a patient or a loved one tried dance classes for PD? If not, what should you know and how can you find a class? Let’s explore the answers. And don’t miss our video, “A Celebration of Movement,” which may leave you inspired to get up and dance.
Therapy is most effective when it addresses an individual’s passion By Ken AidekmanPaul West is a professor of English and comparative literature and a prodigious writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His entire life revolves around words. But, in 2003 he suffered a massive stroke that left him with global aphasia, a condition that rendered him unable to understand words or produce them. His wife, Diane Ackerson, also an author and poet, tells the story of West’s bumpy road to recovery in her book One Hundred Names for Love. Upon his emergence from critical care, West was faced with… Read More
I wanted to follow up on a very special event that was highlighted a few weeks ago on the PDF Champions blog. Aqua-Thon: Splash for a Cause hosted by Brooklyn Sports Club under the direction of Aquatics Director, Michael Hornung. The Aqua-Thon was held this past Saturday, April 21 and was a great success! The Aqua-Thon included a gentle swim, aqua aerobics, aqua Zumba, children’s swim, raffles, games, informational materials about Parkinson’s disease, food and music! Donation cards were also sold and displayed for all to see. The event raised over $3,100 for Parkinson’s research! Eddie Pelto, PDF’s Director of Development, had… Read More
Are you a runner looking for your next big race? Interested in completed a 26.2 to support Parkinson’s disease research? Well, you are in luck! PDF has six valuable entries into the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, day, October 28 in Arlington, VA! To make you aware of just how valuable these six entries are … last week’s registration marked the fastest sellout in the history of marathon events, the Marine Corps Marathon sold out 30,000 available online entries in 2 hours, 41 minutes, beating the previous registration record of eight hours for the 2011 Boston Marathon. So, the… Read More
Each day during our coverage of the 2nd World Parkinson Congress (WPC)…we ask our WPC reporters, “What’s the most interesting thing you heard today?” Here are some answers from Wednesday, September 29: From Kate Kelsall: “The most interesting thing that I heard/saw today was a presentation by David Iverson entitled: Genetics and Me: Patient Perspective. Background of David Iverson: David Iverson has been a producer, writer and correspondent for public broadcasting for 30 years. Most recently, he was the writer, correspondent and co-producer/director of the February 2009 PBS Frontline documentary My Father, My Brother and Me, which explored his family’s… Read More