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Parkinson’s Vocal Classes Provide Happiness, Camaraderie

A new opportunity recently brought me to a different kind of Parkinson’s exercise class: “singercise.” “Singercise” consists of singing, toe-tapping, and general fun for an hour at a time. In a previous column titled “Music Therapy Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered,” I wrote about the benefits of…

Does Your Care Team Include Advanced Practice Providers?

What is an APP? Advanced practice providers are highly educated healthcare professionals with advanced degrees and rigorous clinical training. We know them primarily as physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). As clinicians, they play a vital role in the ever-changing and evolving healthcare system. APPs may provide many patient…

A Parkinson’s Disease Problem, or a Me Problem?

Sometimes I treat my husband, Arman, like a child. Actually, more like a baby. It’s not because this is my nature; quite the opposite. Although I did baby our youngest child, Jake, a bit (of course), it was only because I just loved holding on to the feeling of being…

Tracking My Experiences With Delayed Mid-stage Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive brain disease. While symptoms and disease progression are unique to each person, knowing the stages of Parkinson’s can help. Some people experience changes over 20 years or more, while others find that the disease progresses more quickly. During the first five years after…

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