From Dr. Becky Farley:
STEP – The lived experience of Parkinson’s disease
This article summarizes a great qualitative project that in some ways breaks my heart; in other ways it makes me want to fight harder for multidisciplinary care that includes counseling and CAM and self-efficacy….to address just HOW much PwP and the Partners need social, emotional, and relationship resources – NOT just medications! The researchers key insights provide an in depth understanding of what people go through in their minds, hearts, and lives and may provide all of us with some better insight as to when, and how we can provide the most useful solutions, resources or coaching.
“When people think of Parkinson’s, they are likely to think of the most widely recognised symptoms such as tremor and movement difficulties. But, as people living with the condition will emphasise, its impact goes much wider, affecting a person’s relationships and their sense of self.”
From the PWR!Gym:
The secret to living longer may be your social life
The PWR!Gym offers a place for members to connect, learn about new resources and participate in special events. We believe that this building of community is a large part of the PWR! model for slowing the progression of Parkinson’s symptoms. We invite you to watch this TED Talk about the importance of social interaction.
“The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to psychologist Susan Pinker, it’s not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders healthy — it’s their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. Learn more about super longevity as Pinker explains what it takes to live to 100 and beyond..”