There’s no easy way to manage other people’s reactions when it comes to Parkinson’s. After all, following a Parkinson’s diagnosis, you have your own emotions to deal with - not those of others. A few common sentiments from people with Parkinson’s include, but are not limited to: “It can be painful to go out and do things.” “I just want to be alone.” “I feel like my personality and priorities have changed.” Maybe you were an extrovert, always on the go, but now you’re, as one person so astutely stated, “Finding the motivation to socialize hard.” Let’s talk about the four things to
Staring at a screen for an hour? With Strangers? Not for you, right? Meeting online was rare before the Pandemic but now there are so many more meetings and classes with virtual options. You can even take Virtual Yoga at Parkinson’s Pointe on Fridays from 9 am - 10 am MST. Maybe you logged on your computer or did a FaceTime call to communicate with friends and family for the first time in 2020 or 2021 and meeting online has never been your favorite. Or, you’ve tried many times but don’t feel like it has the same benefit as meeting face-to-face. Even if
There’s a big difference between being in a routine and being in a rut. A few quotes about the power of a routine demonstrate how positive it can be for the person who follows it. “The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” or “What I do everyday matters more than what I do once in a while.” Still not convinced about the purpose and power of routine? There are at least 7 reasons everyone benefits from routine. Beyond this, some advantages are even more prescient for persons with Parkinson’s. If you keep a routine, you can decrease
Let’s face it. We’re in the dog days of summer and motivating yourself to be active outside is not just a matter or will, it’s a matter of safety. Anyone with a chronic illness can relate - warm weather causes our heart rate to quicken but our bodies want to slow down. So, what are you supposed to do? Keep on doing only indoor classes and workouts? When everyone else is outside? Not a chance. With the proper planning, you too can enjoy the “dog days” of summer and stimulate your senses with warm weather outdoor workouts perfect for people with Parkinson’s. Top
Intermittent stress for short periods of time is tolerable. However, constant stress for long periods of time will lead to burnout. As Parkinson’s symptoms progress, it becomes harder to independently handle daily tasks, shifting more mental and physical responsibility to your spouse, family members and care partners. This blog highlights risk factors and common signs of caregiver burnout and explores potential steps carepartners can take to build in breaks. Failing to heed signs of burnout could potentially lead to hospitalization for the carepartner without Parkinson’s and poor health effects. Know the Risk Factors for Caregiver Burnout Isolation - As loved ones become more
Why is it so hard to stick to a routine? Perhaps it’s in the definition. After all, a routine is a "customary course of action; more or less mechanical performance of certain acts or duties. The last time we checked, you aren’t a robot so doing something in a mechanical way feels unnatural. We’re used to finding the path of least resistance and when something feels difficult, it is so hard to forge ahead. There is a lengthy list of reasons that it is so hard to get into a routine of healthy behaviors. The first is that we underestimate how long it
Join us Tuesdays and Thursday at 9:30am RSVP Now Fears about trying spin class are the same - with or without Parkinson’s. What if I fall off the bike? What if I can’t keep up? What if I don’t know how to operate and adjust the bike? I am definitely not the spandex wearing type so won’t I stick out like a sore thumb? In short, you won’t, who cares, instructors are there to help and neither are most people - just wear something you can move in. Our spin instructors are keeping a keen eye on spinners to ensure they
In this blog post, we’ll cover the most common reasons your significant other is avoiding exercise and three potential solutions to this problem. If you’re reading this, it means you care deeply about your loved one and understand that movement is one of the most important tools people with Parkinson’s have in their arsenal. Incorporating physical activity can slow the disease’s progression, control its symptoms, build brain health AND decrease anxiety. Despite these benefits, people with Parkinson’s may be reluctant to work out. Why They Don’t Want To Exercise They Lack the Motivation to Start The first way to address a lack
Susan Maxwell, one of our Parkinson’s Pointe Members is an art teacher. She is offering to lead a watercolor class on December 15 for our members and care partners to learn how to watercolor and potentially create a holiday gift for a loved one!
Please join us a Centerstage Starz on December 15, 2023 from 11am-1pm.
There are ten spots available. She is offering the class at no cost, but there is a cost to supplies.
Each participant will share in the overall supply cost at $12 per person. Please RSVP to reserve your spot.
Parkinson’s Pointe is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with other nonprofits to best serve our community. Our goal is to improve access to high quality classes and provide resources for other fitness instructors and rehabilitation professionals.