The Virus Has Forced Us into a Virtual World

The Virus Has Forced Us into a Virtual World
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How will we describe the “Virus of 2020” to future generations? Should we refer to it as the virus that boosted online platforms?

An online platform allows people to use the internet and other networked sites like social media to exchange information. Yes, the internet and social media platforms can be useful, but they also can hinder efforts to educate us. It is important to know which online sites, sources, and messages are trustworthy and credible and which are not.

While we are in self-quarantine, online coverage is available around the clock. It’s almost as if there is too much information at our disposal. It’s complex, and we can’t process it quickly enough. When my Parkinson’s brain checks out, I am done. But I am guessing that it’s not just the Parkie brain that is currently on overload.

An online post can go viral for many reasons, but the post might not be credible or factual. Something going viral can be detrimental to the efforts of those in charge of the crisis we are facing. While it is important to stay informed and educate yourself, it is equally important to vet your sources.

When I attended coach training for Rock Steady Boxing, we talked about people with neurological diseases other than Parkinson’s. They may ask to be part of our classes, so the instructor urged us to, “Know what you don’t know. ”

Well, I don’t know much about this virus and COVID-19, the disease it causes. Along with the rest of the world, I am trying to process the ever-changing information in the global environment. However, I do know one thing: We will stay home. We may run low on everyday items, but we will be fine, and we have plenty of toilet paper.
 

We stay home, but how do we remain connected?

Social media is a potential asset during these challenging times. It can be a valuable tool if used properly. Information and communication can be provided to people who have become isolated from our community. It’s important to find creative ways to reach out to others, particularly those who live alone. Consider being a “buddy” and check in on someone each day via phone, text, or through social media.

We have entered a period of social distancing, and it’s filled with uncertainties, including a time frame for when it will end. Our lives are on hold while researchers and healthcare workers attempt to flatten the curve and slow down the spread of the virus. We need to make a conscious effort to support one another in a productive manner, especially those who suffer from depression and anxiety and those who are isolated.

Share what you know. We each have different talents and interests. It’s time to get creative and share these gifts with others. Do you cook and have a favorite recipe? Start a recipe group. Do you like to read? Start an online book club. Do you run a support group? Convert it to an online group.

Be creative, but please be positive.

I will share one thing I know: exercise. Going without exercise for weeks is not beneficial for anyone, especially a person with Parkinson’s. Exercise is like medicine.

To exercise, you may have to think outside the box. Use an online platform such as exercise videos, and be sure to include some cognitive exercises in the mix.

Please exercise with caution, and remember: You can always put on some good music and dance like no one is watching!

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Diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 45 was devastating. After struggling with this life changing diagnosis, I decided to make a change. As a wife and mother of three boys, I needed to attack this. I started building my toolbox. I researched everything. One common thread was exercise. A doctor recommended dance lessons specifically, the Argentine Tango, so I started ballroom dance lessons with my husband and we still have a weekly dance lesson date. You can find me teaching and participating in classes from dancing to boxing. Parkinson’s takes things from you but it can also give you things you never expected. Your perspective changes. Five years ago, life gave me lemons but I’m choosing to make lemonade. It’s not quite perfect but it’s mine and with a little luck, it will get a little bit sweeter.
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Diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 45 was devastating. After struggling with this life changing diagnosis, I decided to make a change. As a wife and mother of three boys, I needed to attack this. I started building my toolbox. I researched everything. One common thread was exercise. A doctor recommended dance lessons specifically, the Argentine Tango, so I started ballroom dance lessons with my husband and we still have a weekly dance lesson date. You can find me teaching and participating in classes from dancing to boxing. Parkinson’s takes things from you but it can also give you things you never expected. Your perspective changes. Five years ago, life gave me lemons but I’m choosing to make lemonade. It’s not quite perfect but it’s mine and with a little luck, it will get a little bit sweeter.
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