Trust in your path!

Stay on course and don't stop seeking answers!

Stay on course and don’t stop seeking answers!

Keeping Positive!

Keep Positive!

Keep Positive!

Pillbox option with a tech connection!

Pillbox creators are getting more adventurous and creative. With a large aging population and more of us on medication, it only makes sense that in our tech-filled lives, our medications could piggyback with the technology.

It’s creative and unique–but that doesn’t mean I’m going to use it. It may be an option for you if your phone never leaves your sight and you only need to carry a few pills with you.

attaches to your phone!

attaches to your phone!

There are some very cool pillboxes out there!

Three Photos!

Squirrel at the beach!

Squirrel at the beach!

Carnival at sunset!

Mountain beauty!

World Parkinson Congress’s Video Is Ending Soon–So vote this week!

Pick your favorite video!

Pick your favorite video!

The top 12 videos have been selected, now it is the people’s choice to decide who will be crowned this years winner!

Be sure to see the videos and cast your vote by clicking  here: http://www.wpc2016.org/page/top12

The Cost of Falling!

Falling prevention can save lives and costs.

When I was younger, I appreciated comics like Chaplin, Lloyd, the Three Stooges, and Chevy Chase for their ability to pratfall on command and not get injured. As I age and learn more about the dangers of falling, it isn’t quite as humorous, anymore.

Falling down can lead to numerous devastating repercussions, such as severe bruises, bumps, and breaks that may require surgery and/or rehab.

The following information is data that I found from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention:

Treating fall injuries is very costly. In 2013, direct medical costs for falls—what patients and insurance companies pay—totaled $34 billion. Because the U.S. population is aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to rise.

Each year, millions of people 65 and older are treated in emergency departments because of falls.
Over 700,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a broken hip or head injury.
Fall injuries are among the 20 most expensive medical conditions.
The average hospital cost for a fall injury is $35,000.
The costs of treating fall injuries goes up with age.
Medicare pays for about 78% of the costs of falls.

Think of the lives that could be improved, the money that we could save, and the reduction in costs to the medical and insurance industries if patients could learn better balance control, increase strength and flexibility exercises, learn how to fall correctly, and create a more a cushioned environment within their living space.

Here are three resources/exercise programs you may want to consider:

Parkinson’s Disease and the Art of Moving: www.parkinsonsexercise.com
Functional Fitness for everyone living with Parkinson’s/Delay the Disease: www.delaythedisease.com
PWR!Moves Make FUNction Exercise!: www.pwr4life.org

Prevention and awareness can lead to avoiding falls. Just something to consider and ponder.

Taking Flight!

Taking flight!

Taking flight!

It is far easier to succumb to the will of gravity and fall than it is to fly. Flight takes practice, focus, precision, concentration, and fearlessness. There is only one way up and one way down, but getting up rarely is as fast as the way down. We all fall down, it is the determination in getting back up that matters.
Today, the clouds and winds may not be accommodating for flight, but the winds may shift and the clouds will part for you to try again to take your place among

the birds.

The Power of Calm

Peace and tranquility!

Peace and tranquility!

Seeking peace and serenity can only add to your health.

The more that we know about what brings us peace and calmness, the closer we are to finding balance.

Stop Bickering and Do Something!

DC

DC

When you live in or very near our nation’s Capital, Washington, DC, American national news becomes your local news. The constant bombardment of fighting and badmouthing gets overwhelming. How do two parties, both made up of flesh and blood, elected to oversee, govern, and protect millions of fellow humans also made up of flesh and blood who are in a position to help so many and capable of making life better for others, so dormant and implacable? Time is of the essence.
Since 1995, almost every year since, I have consistently pleaded with my representatives about increasing the funding for more Parkinson’s disease research for the National Institutes for Health (NIH), implementing telemedicine, expanding better and faster drugs and devices, and made a loud cry for the importance of creating a national data collection system for neurological diseases. There were moments of fleeting successes, scattered over the years, but our current Congress shows little signs of budging, even on issues that could save immediate lives. This is about real people in need.

If the current estimate of 60,000 people are diagnosed with PD every year is nearly accurate, it is probable that many patients are either misdiagnosed or not at all. It took me 6 years and 9 doctors to get my diagnosis. I know many others who faced the same journey to a diagnosis.
No one should be forced to be faced with the decision to either afford groceries or their medications. No one should be homeless with Parkinson’s disease. Something is terribly wrong when it has come to this.

Whether one has an illness or not, for the betterment of the country as a whole and all those seeking progress, compromise must be acted, immediately.

Travel Time!

Some travel tips!

Some travel tips!

 

 

Where are you going, what are you doing, how will you get there? Slow it down. You’ll get there–when you get there.

Travelling with or without an illness these days can and often will try your patience, up your stress level, and test your sanity. Taking on the travel challenge might just be a little more peaceful and serene if you follow some of these tips:

1) If you are flying or are forced to be at a determined destination like a train or bus station, allow yourself even an extra hour of time to avoid the feeling of being rushed or stressed. The more self-induced pressure that you add to the event, the more energy you waste, and in a crowded airport, we all need to conserve our energy.

2) When we travel, it is easy to get distracted and lose focus. Deep breathing and meditation may help you keep on track and stay sharp. Something as simple as using an app like, Headspace, or sitting quietly and gathering your thoughts for a few moments a day, may improve concentration.

3) Make a special travel CD or playlist of of music that you look forward to hearing either in the car or once you get to the plane.

Some planning ahead and staying flexible can go a long way in your travels.

Check out my past postings in my archive, on travel tips for more ideas.

 

 

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