Archives for March 2017

Harvard Health: Steps to stay independent when you live alone

Harvard Health: Steps to stay independent when you live alone

Older adults who live alone should consider using services and strategies that will help them stay independent longer. To stay safe, older adults should consider…

New York Times: Whom Do You Tell When You’re Sick? Maybe Everyone You Know

New York Times: Whom Do You Tell When You’re Sick? Maybe Everyone You Know

Last year, my mother, a few weeks before a milestone birthday, learned she needed major surgery. The circumstances were not life-threatening. She would not be in the hospital long. But the recovery would still be protracted and restrict her ability to care for my father, who has Parkinson’s. No worries. Her three grown children, all of whom live in distant cities, snapped into action. We would fly in for the surgery, call in extra help, telephone a few of her friends and ask them to check in, drop off some food, otherwise be on call. We congratulated ourselves for a well-designed plan. There was only one problem. My mother insisted we not tell a soul.

New York Times: “Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It”

New York Times: “Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It”

We want to let you in on a secret. As your oncologists, we’d like to treat you with two, or three, or four different chemotherapy drugs, each of which has distinct side effects, some of which can kill you. Or, if we were cardiothoracic surgeons, we might tell you that we need to crack your chest open to repair your damaged heart valve, and for that to happen you’ll need to undergo anesthesia from which you may never wake up. As doctors, our goal is to help you, of course, and to do no harm. But we may actually hurt you, irreversibly. Not that this happens frequently, but it might.

Stanford Balance Lab Technologist to demonstrate PWR! exercise in Palo Alto, March 8

Stanford Balance Lab Technologist to demonstrate PWR! exercise in Palo Alto, March 8

Leanel Liwanag, a technologist with the Stanford Balance Lab, will be demonstrating Parkinson's-specific exercises at the Palo Alto Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Wednesday, March 8th, 2-3:30pm, at Avenidas.  She will involve the audience in demonstrations of PWR!, Rock Steady Boxing, and other exercises designed specifically for those with Parkinson's.  The exercises address movement, cognition, and speech.  This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP.

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson's Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 2017.  Here's what's happening at a support group near you...

March 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

March 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home.  Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases).  All webinars listed are free. ere are webinars that may be of interest to those with Parkinson’s in March 2017…

March 2017 Webinars about Caregiving

March 2017 Webinars about Caregiving

Many caregivers cannot leave home due to caregiving responsibilities. You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home. Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases). All webinars listed are free. Here is a webinar that may be of interest to caregivers in March 2017…