Cat Photograph Inspired Haiku

calico cat in autumn leaves

Rose in Camouflage

 

Fall foliage ablaze
Calico cat camouflage
Oak leaf feather bed

 

Photo and Poem by Linda A. Mohr
Originally Published in Fall laJoie 2016

Blessings!
Linda

My Parkinson’s Proof Thanksgiving

Autumn at My Florida Home

On November 1, I ran errands at my favorite strip shopping center. Located three miles from my house, it is anchored by Hobby Lobby on one end and Staples on the other. In between, Dollar Tree, Pet Supplies Plus, Russo’s Subs, and Burlington Coat Factory are frequent stops. A free standing Chick-fil-A is crazy busy. Well, the whole complex is crazy busy, but there are still far off parking spots where I park for added exercise and less chance of getting a dent in my car. I developed this habit when I worked on a college campus, and it serves me well in my Parkinson’s life!

In four stores, I overheard conversations about the calendar flip. “I can’t believe it is November 1.” “Where has the year gone?” “It will be Christmas before you know it.” “The year goes faster every year.” “What are you doing for Christmas?” “After Halloween, it’s downhill fast.”

Honoring Thanksgiving

What intrigued me was not one word was said about Thanksgiving! Hobby Lobby has had Christmas decorations out since August where I live. But the day after Halloween, the staff was making room for even more Christmas stuff by moving Halloween items (what little was left) to sale tables. I specifically went to Hobby Lobby to buy fall wreaths for my upper and lower front doors. I left empty handed. Oh, they had some. But the fall décor was smashed together in a couple of aisles, almost like an afterthought. I will just continue using last year’s fall decorations since it will be time to put up the Christmas wreaths in a few weeks. I may even have to put them up earlier since time is now going faster!!

The experience reminded me how much I love Thanksgiving and how much I hate the idea that it gets overshadowed by Halloween and Christmas commercialization. The mega retailers are advertising their Thanksgiving shopping hours, so we can plan our family get-togethers around buying. The Hallmark channel has been showing Christmas movies since way too soon! I understand “why” from a marketing perspective as I have taught these concepts to hundreds of university students over the years. But it does not mean I have to embrace the concept! My Thanksgiving traditions  have evolved,  and without knowing it, I was creating a Parkinson’s proof Thanksgiving free of stress that I would someday need.

Who Cooks?

Joe and I live in Florida and do not travel to Missouri for Thanksgiving where our families live. Our Thanksgiving tradition has changed from me doing all the cooking when we had a long distance relationship to now going out. Joe use to fly in from White Plains or Orange County or Atlanta (he’s lived all over and in some terrific places!) on the day of Thanksgiving. In 2001, I decided preparing this feast for two needed to be a two-person operation. He readily agreed and flew in the night before to help make pumpkin pies. Then it was up early the next day to get the turkey in the oven, make the candied sweet potatoes, Waldorf salad, and oyster dressing (which he was not too sure about). But oyster dressing is my favorite part of the meal (as it was my mother’s)! He was a good sport and helped with all the preps. But I think he enjoyed the sitting down and eating part more! It’s a toss-up for me as I love to do both!

The following year Joe suggested we go out for Thanksgiving. I was not too keen on the idea, but he easily persuaded me with a reservation at The Breakers Palm Beach. In 2003, I thought we would stay home and rub shoulders in the kitchen. I really do love to make Thanksgiving dinner. However, by then Joe was planning to move to Miami Lakes and was looking for a place to buy. He had several real estate appointments scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving and wanted me to go with him. So we had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at The Breakers again.

15 Thanksgiving Dinners at The Leopard Lounge

We had several reasons to be thankful in 2004. Joe made the move to Miami and was now just 76 miles from my house. He was acclimated to South Florida living quickly, but harshly, as we endured Hurricane Frances on September 4 followed by Hurricane Jeanne on September 26. I was without electricity for two weeks and without water for one week.  Weary from hurricane clean-up and repair, we decided to try Thanksgiving dinner at my favorite little English hotel, The Chesterfield on Palm Beach. It has proven to be the right venue for the two of us as November 22, 2018 will mark our 15th Thanksgiving dinner in the Leopard Lounge at Chesterfield!  In between, I held my Tatianna book signing party in the hotel’s library in 2007.

Parkinson’s Proof Thanksgiving

We reserve for the one o’clock Thanksgiving seating and depart with enough left-overs for two more meals. Strolling down Worth Avenue after our feast is a perfect way to end the afternoon. No shopping, (nothing is open) just window shopping and people watching! I add my touch to the holiday by making cranberry relish on Wednesday and baking one pumpkin pie on Friday. We have plenty to eat and stay home on Friday—no malls, no traffic, no stress!

Question to Ponder:  What is your favorite way to spend Thanksgiving?

Blessings!

Linda

 

Why and How to Say No to Requests

“No” is a complete sentence. ~~ Annie Lamont

I have learned to say no to non-essential requests since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. When I say yes to something I really do not want to do, I am also saying no to something I cherish more. What I decide to do is often different from my pre-Parkinson’s days. I have to be vigilant in protecting the white space on my calendar from interesting but unnecessary requests and using it for my life purpose and “A” priorities.

The Right Kind of Requests for Me–Maybe, Maybe Not

These requests have come my way since my PD diagnosis in 2014.

A Favor:  My plane lands at PBI at 10 PM. Can you pick me up? Can I consign some items for you to sell on eBay? Will you coach me on how to sell on eBay? Can you bring two dozen cookies to the meeting tonight due to a last minute cancellation? Will you write me a letter of recommendation?

Leadership:  Will you be an interim virtual coordinator for the prior learning assessment department for two months? Will you serve as chairman of the committee? The nominating committee would like you to run for treasurer. Will you be my vice-regent? Will you run for co-president? Will you run on our slate of officers for second vice-president?  How about being the parliamentarian? Will you serve as a director on the board?

Community: Will you collect from five of your neighbors for the Lung Association? Will you be the club’s January speaker? Will you manage the registration table for our fundraiser like you have for five years? Will you donate a gift basket for our benefit?

Fun Stuff:  Can you go thrift shopping on Wednesday?  A group of us is meeting for Happy Hour tomorrow. We’d love to see you. Will you submit an entry to our anthology? Will you join us for lunch next Tuesday to discuss program ideas? Will you be a judge for the writing contest?

After a couple of years with PD, I knew what I was capable of accomplishing. I knew where the boundaries were and stayed out of the danger zone. Some requests as listed above stretched me too far and had to be declined.

Two Questions to Determine Yes or No

My simple “two questions” method helps me to decide on yes or no response based on purpose and priorities.

Does the request support my life purpose?

  • To make a heartfelt difference

Does the request support my “A” priorities and commitments?

  • Physical, mental, and spiritual health
  • Relationships with family, friends, colleagues, students
  • Parkinson’s My Way website and blog
  • Creative pursuits such as poetry, photography, writing
  • Unique travel and educational experiences
  • Organizations such as Daughters of the American Revolution
  • eBay business selling and preserving vintage selections

Two Techniques for How to Say No

If I decide to say yes, that’s an easy response. If it is no, the goal is to convey that decision and not to change my mind. According to Jonathan Price, tone is the hardest part of saying no.

My two favorite lines are:

  • I am already fully committed. Thank you for asking.
  • I have a commitment. Maybe another time.

These statements work for me because they are short, simple, and polite. They are stated with confidence leaving little room for me to be persuaded! They do not offer excuses or specific reasons. I don’t think it is always necessary to explain. For example, my commitment might be writing next week’s blog, or going to the neurologist, or relaxing in nature.

The more I talk, the more I will give in and accept. I may feel guilty. I do not want to disappoint. I will talk myself into it. “Well, maybe I can shift that doctor’s appointment around and make it to your event.” Later, I realize I cannot cancel an important appointment I had been waiting on for three months! By hemming and hawing, I create a stressful situation that I still have to decline.

Suzette Hinton says, “We must say “no” to what, in our heart, we don’t want. We must say “no” to doing things out of obligation, thereby cheating those important to us of the purest expression of our love. We must say “no” to treating ourselves, our health, our needs as not as important as someone else’s. We must say “no.”

When I Really Need to Think About It

Sometimes, the request is not one that I can decide on the spot. Maybe I need to talk to someone or gather more information. I only use this technique when I really do need to think about it. Otherwise, I am prolonging the agony of delivering my negative answer. I also follow through with my decision to respond within the time frame promised. Here is what I say:

  • I need to think about that. I will let you know by Friday. I appreciate you asking.
  • I need to check my schedule. I will call you in two days. Thank you for thinking of me.

Offer Up An Idea

I offer legitimate alternatives when possible and leave the person with another direction to pursue. Have you considered asking Marsha or Sheila? I can also offer to help in a different way.  For example, I am unable to make twenty center pieces for this year’s benefit, but I will make a monetary contribution. Or I will pay for the program printing.

In closing, sometimes, I accept or decline a request because of Parkinson’s. But in other instances Parkinson’s has nothing to do with the decision and is never mentioned. Either way, I stay true to my purpose and priorities.

Question to Ponder:  How do you decide what requests to accept or decline?

Blessings!

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk Gibson Challenges Parkinson’s

It’s just not in my DNA to give in. ~~Kirk Gibson

Since it is World Series week, I can’t pass up the chance to write about one of my great loves—baseball.  However, I am not writing about this year’s contenders, Los Angeles Dodgers or Boston Red Sox. But in a roundabout way, this relates to the Dodgers.

Rewind to 1988

Kirk Gibson of the LA Dodgers made World Series history in Game 1. He pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with two outs. On a 3-2 count, he hit a home run off Dennis Eckersley and limped around the bases. This fierce contender, world class athlete, manager, and sports announcer had his world changed to a new normal in 2015 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He was recently interviewed on August 23 by Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News.

Highlights of Recent Video Interview

Kirk Gibson takes Parkinson’s personally as a challenge. His perspective is a new left-hander has just entered the game. It is not in his DNA to give in.

He is living a new normal. He believes he can still live a good life. He has to learn what he can and can’t do and find ways to adapt to what he really wants to continue.

He exercises and had to learn to make large movements through the Big and Loud program. He also has to practice speaking exercises to keep his voice from being too soft.

He challenges himself to be upbeat as well as others to be the same. If he sees someone struggling in an airport, he strikes up a conversation.

Like many people with Parkinson’s, his diagnosis came on slowly. In 2008, he noticed his left hand clutched up when he shaved. In 2015, he had anxiety during a broadcast and had to leave abruptly. A few days later he was diagnosed with PD. He is grateful to be back in the Detroit as a broadcaster and wants to contribute for as long as he can.

Kirk Gibson Foundation & Videos

He has a foundation through which he hopes to motivate people to continue enjoying their life.

You can listen to the 7+ minute Wojnowski interview and read an excellent newspaper account  or watch the historic home run.

Giving PD Our Best Shot

I wish Kirk Gibson the best as he goes to bat 24/7 with PD. I also wish the Dodgers and Red Sox a great series. I am not rooting for one or the other. I am just a lover of the game who also happens to have Parkinson’s. I never could hit a baseball like my father was noted for, but I’m in this PD game with determination to occasionally knock one of the symptoms out of the park! Furthermore, if I have to, I will limp, hobble, and struggle to get to home plate just like Kirk Gibson did!

Blessings!

Linda

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

 

Sun and Wind Cycle

Sun and Wind Cycle

Country summer wash
Colorful pegged clothes flapping—
Sudden shower rinse
~Linda A. Mohr

This clothes line scene was a nostalgic find on my recent vacation! Drying laundry  the old-fashioned way is back in fashion in some areas. I grew up with three wire clothes lines strung from trees. The wringer washing machine on the back porch was just a few steps to the side yard where the lines were suspended.

My sister and I helped pin the wash to the lines when we were tall enough. The line had to be wiped down with a damp cloth. The wooden clothes pins were stored in a fabric bag and kept inside the house until needed. If you left them pinned to the wire, they deteriorated and left dark marks on clean clothing. Bed sheets were the hardest to hang. We had to keep them from dragging on the ground. But once they were in place, I liked the flapping sound they made. They were also fun to hide behind. Socks were easy to pin up by the toe, one by one. Shirts, dresses, and pants were hung by their hems, and the wind blew the sleeves up like balloons. Items like towels were joined together to economize on clothes pins.

Removing dry laundry, folding, and taking into the house were more chores. Often another basket of wet laundry was waiting to be hung. This process could indeed occupy the whole day. Sometimes, we had to quickly strip the lines before rain soaked the dry clothes. But it was not unusual for the wash to get a second rinsing!

Photo Credit:  Linda A. Mohr

Power Struggle

Eight days after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida on October 10, over 120,000  customers  in the Panhandle are without electricity. Here was my way of coping with Hurricane Irma in 2017 when I was without power. I wrote a  poem.

Power Struggle

My tunic hangs like a limp dish rag
My skin feels like tacky glue
Day four following Hurricane Irma’s visit
I stick my head in freezer every hour
Thankful for neighbor sharing generator
Insufferable 85 degrees at 9 p.m.

Last night the houses across the street
lit up like a Dickens Christmas village
I remain in the dark
I’ve been through this before
Hurricane Wilma left me powerless for two weeks
while I stared at the neighbors’ lights for seven days

I survived but maybe now I am climate challenged
Like moving from north to south
Your blood thins and you freeze in 50 degrees
Still I must tolerate this minor inconvenience
My mother slept outside during heat wave of 1936
Laura Ingalls lived in one room for six months of blizzards

Day five the teasing continues
All houses on my side of street have blazing light
I remain in the dark
My status is now designated “special case”
But I don’t want to be special
I just want simple pleasures

Hot showers, cold drinks
78 degrees during day and 72 degrees at night
Clean clothes, sparkling dishes, cool bed linens
I pray for relief, patience and expert line workers
On the seventh day you shall have power
And thank you, I do!

–By Linda A. Mohr

Honorable Mention in Electricity Challenge, Non-Resident
First published by Highland Park Poetry
2018 Poetry Challenge
Permission granted to republish

Managing Parkinson’s with White Space

There must be more to life than increasing its speed. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

 I vowed not to over schedule my days when I semi-retired in June of 2013. I wanted more white space on my calendar. A year later I discovered this was not only a sensible way for me to live, but the only way to live with Parkinson’s.

Over Scheduled

I left a demanding academic dean’s job where days were scheduled with back-to-back meetings and more back-to-back meetings. Many days I never made it to the To Do list. However, the list continued to grow longer as I left meetings with new responsibilities. I was skillful at multi-tasking and well-organized. Calm by nature, I credited my serenity fountain as my secret prescription for maintaining and even flourishing under such a schedule. But it was not how I wanted to live in semi-retirement.

Trying Out White Space

I was selective on what invitations to accept, what club meetings to attend, and how to schedule appointments. Therefore, I did not say yes to everything that came my way. I was in an experimental mode as I considered how  to spend my retirement time. I quickly discovered I did not like having a meeting or appointment more than two days a week. My preference was a large gap between major events.

My favorite day was when there was lots of white space on the calendar. I had the freedom to create any kind of day—from baking to reading to napping to writing. Or maybe I would watch Little House on the Prairie. Or lounge on the patio or take photos of my cats. Letting the day unfold without having a destination in mind suited me now. If I did any multi-tasking, I became stressed.  Therefore, I stopped. One thing at a time—it worked for me! My calm nature followed me in my new chapter.

The New Normal

When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in May of 2014, my previous year of embracing a slower pace and following a less demanding schedule was ingrained. I quickly learned that Parkinson’s and physical stress were a deadly combination.  A sinus infection or hairline foot fracture exacerbated my Parkinson’s symptoms. Consequently, I needed to minimize psychological stress as well. The way I did that was adapting to the new normal, quickly and calmly.

Plan White Space to Adapt to My Day

I simply need more time to do most anything, like getting dressed, preparing a meal, and caring for the cats. I have learned to determine realistic time requirements. A simple 2-hour lunch with a friend plus getting ready and driving can turn into a 5-hour activity. This is not the day to tack on grocery shopping. I need planned white space to recuperate or to move on to a less demanding activity. I am no longer good at multi-tasking. Carrying a bowl of cereal to the dining room while thinking about how to answer an email is not easy (or smart) for me. My calendar requires abundant white space to allow for adaptations and to craft that email later in the day! That is okay. It is my way of managing Parkinson’s.

Question: How do you use white space?

Blessings!

Linda

 

Zentangle Calms Artist with Parkinson’s

Peace by Frances Bertles

 

Frances Bertles

Frances Bertles showed her creative side during childhood when she made mud cakes with her brother. She was quick to make the distinction between mud cakes and pies. “You can decorate mud cakes, but you can’t cut mud pies.”  Later she was destined to decorate Zintangles and boxes. Frances grew up in Conway, a tiny town located on Fir Island in Washington. She married her sailor boy, Dennis, and raised three children military style by moving every few years. Frances and her husband live in their forever home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary which she credits in part “by respecting and enjoying their differences.”

Parkinson’s and Drawing

Frances studied art history at Mohave Community College. Her interest in art has involved a myriad of objects including fiber, hammer, nails, paint, glue, rocks, computer parts, and other found items. But it was Parkinson’s disease that brought her to ink and paper two years ago. She has lots of experience with this progressive neurological disorder since her grandmother and mother had the disease. Her daughter also has Parkinson’s. Frances was diagnosed with PD when she was 75. She knew nothing about ink and paper drawings or Zentangles. What she did know was the interference Parkinson’s can have with balance and handwriting. “I don’t think in a straight line, so to be smart and careful, I had to pick a safer way to create. Paper and ink just happened because it could possibly keep my handwriting from leaving me. I thought of it as an exercise.”

Zentangle Reference

A book by Becka Krahula  inspired her to get started. One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun gave her a step-by-step process for creating the artwork. “The steps have shown me a safe place. A place to just be. No questions, no answers, just peace,” Frances says. Over 500 drawings later, here is how she does it.

 

Zentangle Process

A Beginning Point

Frances works with Micron pens and graphite stick for shading. She keeps an eraser on standby if the shading is too dark. She uses any kind of paper as long as it does not bleed. The first time the pen touches the paper, a journey has begun. For her, it is the journey and not the destination that is important. “I enjoy the space on the page. I make random and sometimes connected lines on the page. Those lines create spaces and those spaces are now the journey.”

Taking Shape

Although she works in one space at a time, the approach varies from space to space. One space may be decorated with triangles or with a net. Or she lets the Parkinson’s stroke fill the space.  “When I start to shake, I have to decide whether to push the pen or to pull it. Some days pushing is better than pulling. It is a simple remedy. I just turn the paper. I keep breathing on the journey and take a step back and look. Some spaces create an image when they are combined and the destination is in view. Sometimes, I don’t know if I have arrived at the destination or just run out of room on the paper!”

Adding Decorations

Zentangle Benefit

Frances enjoys creating the portable drawings in airports, living rooms, dining tables, doctors’ offices, and camp sites. She draws at least five times a week and prefers to work with 9” by 12” and smaller sheets of paper. Sometimes the Zentangle is completed in one sitting. It is not unusual for her to work three hours at a time. “I get lost in some of them and don’t know time. The pen and paper is calming. I do not feel fear or uncertainty about Parkinson’s. The peace comes in doing the intricate parts and the repetition,” she says.

According to Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, by refraining from planning and allowing the lines and shapes to unintentionally emerge, you stay in the here and now. You do not need to know the end result. You will figure it out as you go along. An anxious mind is calmed, and you are relaxed.

Great Granddaughter’s Art Lesson

I have studied art for 75 years!

Color or Black & White?

Frances enjoys doing art together with her five-year-old great granddaughter and smiles as she recalls a conversation. She looked at my work and said, “It would be pretty if you colored them.”

I like the drama of the black and white. Don’t you?”

She replied, “Yes, and they won’t be pretty unless you color them.” Then she stood with her hands on her hips and said, “I have studied art for 75 years and I know they won’t be pretty unless you color them.”

“Later we traded our work. She took five of them to her room. I bet she colored them!”

Either way the drawings are dramatic and beautiful!!

What else is Frances creating?

Although she does not work in a studio, her husband built her a 10 by 12 shed for her crafts prior to her ink and paper interest.  This place for her hammer and nails has recently become a spot for another creative endeavor. Her definition of art is “making something from what was into what is with excellence.” Frances admits, “I have a box thingy going on out there. I think everyone needs a box to put stuff in. So I decorate boxes. I picture them on a bedside table to capture dreams or ideas.”

Keeping in Touch

If you would  like to connect with Frances regarding her decorated ink and paper drawings or boxes, you can find her on Arts & Such PWPs  

Question: Do you have a hobby or activity where you lose all sense of time when engaged in it? You are calm and peaceful and for a time you forget all about Parkinson’s. Please elaborate.

Blessings!

Linda

June Thaw

June Thaw

Photography takes an instant out of time altering life by holding it still. ~ Dorothea Lange

Snow on a mountain in June? This scene in Yellowstone National Park captivated me when I visited there this past summer. As the snow melted, a black and white landscape unfolded. It looked like a ink drawing. The storm clouds added to the allure of this shot. The wind was fiercely cold. I stood at a lookout point for a few minutes before this Florida gal was blown back in the car!

Photo Credit: Linda A. Mohr

Benefits of Top Parkinson’s Websites

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure to not drown in all the information. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo

Introduction to Parkinson’s Web-Based Research

Researching Parkinson’s can be an overwhelming undertaking. If you have recently been diagnosed, questions abound! Where to start and who to trust can stop you before you get started. Maybe it is better not to know. The other extreme is to read anything and everything with the word “Parkinson’s” leading you down a confused and scary path. I recommend finding a balance and limiting the number of hours a day  you read about PD. You need to focus on bite size pieces in the  beginning. I also recommend you start with websites for foundation, association, and medical centers. Books, blogs, and specialty websites can be added later.

Since my 2014 diagnosis, the following foundation and medical organization websites are my “go-to” for trustworthy and accurate information. I strongly believe I must be my PD advocate and be educated on timely PD information. These sites are beneficial to me. The list is not in ranked order. Other excellent sites exist, but these are my favorites.

Linda A. Mohr’s Top Parkinson’s Websites for Foundations and Medical Centers

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

What I like about this site:
1. You can participate in online programs such as a weekly live streamed yoga class designed for people with Parkinson’s. It is led by Renee Le Verrier, RYT, a stroke survivor, certified yoga instructor, author, and person living with Parkinson’s.
2. Educational information is compiled and authored by Dr. Monique L. Giroux, MD, a board certified neurologist and the only physician in the United States fellowship trained in movement disorders and integrative medicine.
3. A Weekly Parkinson’s News Update is available by email.

Michael J. Fox Foundation

What I like about this site:
1. A live free webinar is held the third Thursday of each month. Prior webinars are archived.
2. You can subscribe to MJFF Parkinson’s Podcast for the latest in science and PD research.
3. You can use Fox Trial Finder and travel in your general area to participate in trial.
4. You can subscribe to Fox Focus on Parkinson’s, a print version available annually.
5. A tribute page can be created to honor lives touched by PD.
6. You can count on informative blog posts.
7. The site is chock-full of educational information.

Mayo Clinic Parkinson’s Homepage

What I like about this site:
1. Mayo Clinic in Minnesota has been ranked best neurology and neurosurgery in the nation for 2018-19 by U. S. News & World Report.
2. You can request a general interest e-newsletter, Housecall.
3. You can request a free trial of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.
4. The website has substantial educational information on PD.
5. Related links to Tai Chi and Mediterranean recipes are helpful.

University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

What I like about this site:
1. Of international prominence, the mission of the University of Florida Health Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration led by Dr. Michael Okun is “to provide the highest level of medical and surgical care to patients with Parkinson’s disease, tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. To perform research that will lead to better treatments, and ultimately cures for Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders.”
2. The Center sponsors a free public annual educational Parkinson’s symposium.
3. An integrative approach and interdisciplinary care is provided in one central location.
4. Appointment process is provided along with detailed information on medical staff.
5. The site has an excellent educational section relating to PD.
6. The Center is located less than five hours from me!

American Parkinson’s Disease Association

What I like about this site:
1. You will find a wide variety of information geared to people with PD as well as caregivers. Pamphlets are available for download.
2. Dr. Rebecca Gilbert writes “A Closer Look” blog.
3. Monthly Spotlight webinars are offered.
4. An educational video library is available.
5. If you would like to share your PD story from a PwPD, caregiver, or community perspective, there is an easy form to complete.
6. You can “Ask a Doctor” a question.
7. By entering your zip code, you can easily locate APDA resources and services in your area.  APDA sponsors such events as dance, boxing, exercise, caregiver support, socials, and lunch n learn where I live.

Davis Phinney Foundation

What I like about this site:
1. You can order the manual Every Victory Counts free and take control of your treatment today. (Incredible 382 pages resource! I refer to as my Bible of PD)
2. A free exercise video called Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials is offered as a download.
3. Videos are available for viewing including Ask the Parkinson’s Expert Series.
4. An interesting blog is written by different authors.

Do you have a favorite Parkinson’s website? Why is it your favorite? I’d love to hear from you.

Blessings!

Linda

Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Baker