My husband was diagnosed when he was 70 years old. His symptoms were mild at first and inconvenient at their worst, but, over time, they became more substantial and had a greater impact. In spring 2017, we began a concerted effort to address problems head-on and learn to live well with Parkinson’s. We have since engaged in various motor exercise programs like boxing, spinning, and even private ballroom dance lessons, which we took four days a week for months.
We exercise our cognitive muscles and enjoy playing games, watching and discussing TV shows, and participating in trivia nights. We also participate frequently in planned social activities, attending concerts, happy hours, and other cultural and educational events. All these efforts have enabled us to connect with the Parkinson’s and non-Parkinson’s communities, which helps us retain the fun and togetherness that we highly value.
As an Ambassador, I enjoy meeting others and learning how I can contribute my time and talent to helping the Davis Phinney Foundation community