The APDA Parkinson’s Disease Family Caregiver Evening will be held at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital on Thursday, May 23rd. This program was made possible by a generous donation from the children of Ruth DeSantis. Click the link above for more information.
Our traveling Walk banner is still on the move! The Beverly Support Group, run by Ray James, showed their optimism at their April meeting. To learn about more support groups in Massachusetts click here.
Pictured from left to right: Dick & Connie Gordeau, Carol Rice, Bob Donnel, Al & Sherry Trefry, and Ray James.
Posted by apdaircenter on April 25, 2013
My kitchen and my tastebuds always welcome the food of Alfredo Aiello Italian Foods, located in Quincy, Norwell, and Canton, MA. For years, the Aiello family has been an enormous supporter of the APDA Massachusetts Parkinson Walkathon. They can be seen each year serving fresh made cannoli to the hundreds of participants who attend the Walk. The APDA would like to thank them for their continued support. We invite people to check out their delicious food at one of their three locations or visit them online at http://www.aapasta.com or http://www.facebook.com/AAPasta.
Pictured from left to right: Rosanna Aiello, Isabel Palmeiero, Laura Gavin, Michael Ventresca, and Lino Aiello
Posted by apdaircenter on April 1, 2013
For the past three years, I have had the very good fortune of teaching a Yoga and Movement for Parkinson’s class out here in Hadley / Northampton, Mass. I say good fortune because I get to watch courage, honesty, and humility in action in every class. It also happens to be fun.
My classes are meant to be soothing and relaxing but also challenging. I strive to build a kind of oasis from the stresses and fears of the day but also to challenge coordination, movement, and cognitive skills. I believe challenge is best done under conditions of camaraderie and safety. That means taking some of the steam out of worry.
Worry literally makes anyone lose footing. Just think back to a time when you were deep in thought and walking. I know most people can remember bumping into something or tripping while deep in thought. Only, with Parkinson’s it’s worse. That bump or trip has much more serious ramifications. Also, its easy to lose the perspective that not everything is always the disease.
So, we start. Often the first movements and words of the day are subdued. But the experience of enjoying the simplicity of a movement, a breath, a feeling, or the sharing of a joke brings calm. And satisfaction. In variable, someone smiles. The good feeling is contagious. The good feeling helps with footwork. Of course, it’s the circulation and chemical releases of exercise too. But, being present to the experience of consciously executed movement tends to create happiness and an easy concentration that gives us balance and stability.
Lightness happens. People innovate movement. There is laughter. Most often I am impressed with the willingness my students have to engage life with all it’s difficulty.
- Donna Brooks www.originalbodywisdom.com
Posted by apdaircenter on March 27, 2013