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Blog Archive for January 2011

Keeping the Brain Active Without Sudoku

I recently spoke before a PD support group and had someone ask me about keeping cognitively sharp in the face of the disease. I knew this was a question on the minds of many young people with the disease as they presumably had many years of life ahead of them for brain changes to occur. This woman's personal solution was to challenge her brain by doing Sudoku every day.

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Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good
Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood.
~ Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell & Sol Marcus

Originally sung by the the legendary Nina Simone and later covered as a blues anthem by the likes of Eric Burden and Joe Cocker, these lyrics also express a lament many with PD might well recognize. There is growing recognition that this disorder of movement is also a disorder of communication.

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Paul Short, PhD

Dr. Paul Short, The Parkinson's Coach, provides Internet-based coaching to individuals and famlies challenged by Parkinson's disease and helps them develop personalized plans for coping with the disease.