Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What's coming up in the Alaska Parkinson's scene: A look into the near future (Update, topic for telehealth presentation changed)

Here is the PD forecast for May and June.

May 10 Telehealth Session

There will be a Telehealth Presentation at Providence Hospital rm. 2401 at 1:00 p.m. May 10. The topic for this edition of these interactive sessions will be "Deep Brain Stimulation" You can find out more by calling 1-877-980-7500, and you can find out even more by actually going!

May 15 Support group meeting

On May 15th our regular meeting will be a visit with Bill Bell, co-founder and director of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. Bill will fill us in on what the Booth Gardner center in Seattle can do for people with Parkinson's and, as a veteran observer of the PD world, he will give us a view on the current state of that world, and where we are headed. Bill is a terrific guy, you don't want to miss this.

June 17th Wasilla seminar

On June 17th, the American Parkinson's Disease Association, Washington State Chapter will bring a Parkinson's Disease Patient Care Educational Program to Wasilla. The presentation will take place at Evangelos, 2530 East Parks Highway from 11:00-2:00 p.m. There will be two speakers. First we'll hear Dr. Steve Setter on "Your PD medications, 10 things you should know and do in 2010!" second, Dr. Kris Rhoads, a neuro-psychologist, will speak on "Neuropsychological changes in Parkinson's Disease: Cognition, Affect and Sexuality". This event is free and comes with lunch included. Registration is required, and can be done by phone at 425-443-8269, by email, or via the Website, once there, click on "Educational programs".

June 19th Support group picnic.

June 19t will be our annual picnic, more details to come.

Monday, April 12, 2010

OMG! Time for Another Meeting!

Hello friends,

Another month has stormed by like an express subway that doesn't stop at your station. That means it must be meeting time. We will have a guest speaker from the Alzheimer's organization here in town who will tell us about services that they can provide for anyone who has dementia, which of course includes a number of PD sufferers.

The Valiant BETTY BERRY has volunteered to come back with another concurrent session for care partners, so those of you who care for someone with Parkinson's will have a great opportunity to benefit from her experience and generosity.
It all happens at the Swank and sophisticated ANCHORAGE PIONEER HOME this Saturday the 17th of April 3:30 p.m. on the Fifth floor in the West lounge, overlooking scenic Cook Inlet and vibrant downtown Anchorage.

See you there!


Flash Molasses, Episode 13

Click on image to enlarge. You can view all THIRTEEN of the collected FULL COLOR, FAIRLY EXCITING adventures of FLASH MOLASSES, The Cement Superhero, over at Posterous

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Stand Back... April Is not only PD Awareness Month, It's Poetry Month!

I think that I shall never see
A disease as clever as PD.
A disease which is so perverse,
It forbids walking, except in reverse.
Angry? Any curse you utter
will be reduced to mumbled mutter.
Your sense of balance goes askew
It stinks, but sense of smell goes too.
A disease so thorough and drastic
Even the meds will leave you spastic.
It's no surprise if you've depression,
When your deterioration's called "progression"
I'd mention dystonia and other ills
But it's time to pause and take some pills.
Poems are made by fools like me,
but only God can cure PD.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

By Popular Demand: Epic Six-chapter, Five-Minute Omnibus Edition of "Parkinson's Disease: What It's Like"

Because you asked for it, and by you, I mean Steve Greenberg, here it is! All six of my hard-hitting, tear-jerking, no-holds-barred animations that blow the lid off the Parkinson's Disease affair. Not for the faint of heart. The truth isn't only out there, it's right here. If you can face it, press the button.