Four-Step Process: Asking For and Accepting Help

by Viki Kind Viki Kind is a bioethicist, professional speaker and award-winning author of The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t and her new Resource Workbook. Viki is an honorary board member of the Well Spouse Association. For additional resources or to book Viki to speak:  www.KindEthics.com  I have cared for six members of my family for many years. And like many family caregivers, I have never been very good at asking for help. Thin…
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How to Get Your Primary Care Physician to be “Primary” Again

By Dr. Steve Eisenstein, board certified family physician When I graduated from medical school in 1986, medical records were all on paper, health insurance was fairly simple, and the options for treating people with Parkinson’s (PWP) were limited.  Movement disorders were not in the spotlight, so very few patients were in the care of doctors who focused strictly on Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Now, more than 30 years later, the landscape has changed radically. Medical records are becoming…
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In Praise of Corner People

Being a part of Rock Steady Boxing is one of those experiences where more is happening than what can be reasonably expected or planned for, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It is a situation where together we achieve more. At Rock Steady Boxing we are fighting back against Parkinson’s, forcing our compromised brains to find new ways to achieve a working relationship with our muscles and the rest of our bodies. And learning to box turns out to be exhilaratingly effecti…
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Life in the Corner of a Care Partner

By Sherri Bickley, MSW, M.Th., Vice-President of Clinical Support Services, Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care and Owner/Head Coach, Rock Steady Boxing-Wasatch Front. Caregiving for a loved one with a serious and chronic illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, is among the most stressful tasks that many people will face throughout their lives. The strain can be felt emotionally, physically, cognitively and socially. Often, the care partner is too busy with the actual tasks associated wit…
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

A guy with Parkinson’s walks into a bar.  The bartender yells “EARTHQUAKE, EVERYBODY HOLD ON!”  And the Parkie says, “What earthquake?” To the general public jokes about Parkinson’s disease might seem taboo.  But at Rock Steady, jokes and laughter are a common thread that fosters togetherness.  The Rock Steady method combines forced intense exercise with a heavy dose of silliness and laughter.  We call this “The Fun Factor.”  People can’t wait to return to class, partl…
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