David Leventhal: Dancer, Teacher, Community Leader, Humanitarian, Movement Specialist

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David Leventhal

WPC 2016 successfully convened  over 4000 participants from several nations. Represented  were  health professionals,  scientists, researchers, artists, PwPs, caregivers and families. This diverse community, committed to fight PD, generously shared existing knowledge, reported on recent advances and future directions in treatments, enhanced QOL and the search for a cure. It also inspired and instilled a message of hope.

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Capturing Moments

Forging Resilience art installation

The Forging Resilience; Capturing Moments: Living Life with Parkinson’s art installation brings together inspiring quotes, stories, texts, wordplay and photography to share many journeys of resilience from the global Parkinson’s community into one installation that will take the shape of a tree with thousands of leaves. Each leaf will have the quote or message of someone living with or touched by Parkinson’s from around the world.

Becoming Resilient

A few months back I posted a blog on resilience–a person’s ability to bounce back from adversity. I noted how the skill could be developed and enhanced.

Two artists from Montana show us how resilience can be forged—not only as an individual effort but as a collective one as well; an initiative that involves the PD community everywhere.

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Notes on Acceptance

Notes on Acceptance: We realize we have to move on, move forward.

We realize we have to move on, move forward.

Many of us, PwPs, share a similar story. Once upon a time all was well. Our lives were on course, responding to the expectancies outlined in our life goals. We felt safe, secure, content, confident, motivated, engaged.  Our lives had a discernible purpose and direction. Then one day, PD motor symptoms appear. Shortly after comes the dreaded diagnosis,” You have PD.” We are shocked and confused. We protest that this is not fair; that it was not in the cards; there must be a mistake. A second opinion yields the same findings.

 

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WPC 2016: Consider Hosting a Renewal Room Session

Exercise Class Renewal RoomMany of you who attended the WPC 2013 Congress in Montreal, Canada expressed great satisfaction participating in the Renewal Room.

This was a place of refuge where congress delegates could unwind, laugh, play, let go of stress and renew body, mind and soul. The choice of available activities was impressive. It included yoga, exercise, movement, dance (Argentinian tango, Hot Latin and other rhythms), creative arts, tai chi, singing (to exercise vocal cords), laughter and humor. Continue reading

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Managing the Holiday Blues

The Holiday Season is here with its promise of joy. Families and friends gather to celebrate their traditions and affirm their relationships. Festive foods will be shared. Gifts will be exchanged.  Expectations fill the air.

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Present Moment: A Continued Conversation

This past September NWPF held the 10th annual HOPE Conference, in Seattle Washington. It was a resounding success.  NWPF’s executive director Steve Wright and his dedicated staff, treated us to high caliber presentations by top notch speakers. If you did not get to attend, the conference, you get to view a recorded version, available through NWPF.org

At one point during the conference several fellow PWPs asked me to blog about the presentation by Gary Vallat, his spouse Rubye and their daughter Aimie.

Gary Vallat, his spouse Rubye and their daughter Aimie

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The 2016 World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland, Oregon is Fast Approaching: Make Plans to Attend

4th World Parkinson Congress, Portland, OR 2016I attended the Montreal event in 2013 and will be participating in the one in 4th World Parkinson Congress 2016. I invite you to do the same. You will not be disappointed.

Personally, the 3rd World Congress was a changing experience. What made it generative was its combination of high caliber workshops, cultural events, sessions to relax and renew, as well as the ample occasions for face to face interactions with other participant. In my case, these experiences, as they accumulated, coalesced into new insights which expanded and intensified my work as  PD advocate. Continue reading

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Notes on Hope

“Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in a lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.”

Reinhold Niebuhr

September 26, 2015 is the day the NWPF’s Annual HOPE Conference will be held. I, like many of you have already registered to attend. Since signing up I have found myself reflecting and initiating conversations on what hope means to us, PWPs, and to our care partners.

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Resilience: Bouncing Back from Adversity

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“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

We have met people with an uncanny ability to bounce back from the many adversities that life presents. They exhibit what social psychologists call resilience. Continue reading

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Caring for a Spouse Living with PD

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We hear it frequently: Our PD community is vibrant, well informed and always willing to extend help and support as well as share their experience of living with PD.

In the past 3-4 months, I attended several PD related meetings and events. I found myself involved in several informal conversations with fellow PwP’s and the spouses who attend to their care. I inquired about their perceptions as providers or receivers of care. Continue reading

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