Doing Your Best When Things Happen in Life

What is it like to live with Parkinson’s Disease and how does a person develop the resilience to keep on going when facing a major disease? Russ and Tommy had answers for me. Russ leads a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group and gave the practical answer that “a person has to do what a person has to do.” That takes courage. Tommy, who we featured […]

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Parkinson’s Disease: Keep Moving!!

“Use it or lose it” is the most important message I can give about maintaining physical capacity. This is particularly true for frail patients. Many doctors don’t talk about physical activity enough. In some cases exercise has more value than pills and in most cases it is something that should be done in addition to medicines. Last week I mentioned that the only thing […]

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Parkinson’s Disease and COVID-19

I was surprised to be invited to give a talk to a Parkinson’s Disease Support Group. I’m not an expert on Parkinson’s Disease. My areas of expertise as a geriatrician are cognitive impairment, frailty, and caregiving. However, the group wanted a presentation about Parkinson’s Disease and COVID-19. In addition, as luck would have it, I recently attended a detailed Parkinson’s Disease lecture and had […]

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Facemask – the New Normal?

Will wearing a facemask become the permanent new normal, as normal as wearing a pair of glasses? I don’t think so. There will come a time when we can let down our guard and comfortably take off our masks. However, I doubt we will toss our masks away. Here’s why:

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What Happens the day you get your Vaccine? And What Happens Afterwards?

Today is the day. You’re getting vaccinated. Scientists, drug companies, government workers, volunteer subjects, distribution companies and health systems have all worked intensely for 11 months with one goal in mind: to get a life-saving vaccine to you as soon as possible. As described in my last post, distribution HAS been challenging. My mother, over 90 years old and living in California, is still waiting.

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