Emotional Health

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26 Jun: A Letter to My Newly Diagnosed Self

It’s the fall of 2016. I’m 48 years old, and words from a man I have only just met prompts what feels like an out-of-body experience — becoming as much an observer of what is happening to me as a participant in it. “What worries me is that I think you are in the early stages of Parkinson’s,” the doctor says.
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03 May: Every Victory Counts® Preview: Friendships and Parkinson’s

There are various obstacles that a person with Parkinson’s can face when it comes to friendships, both with making new friends and keeping “the old.” Some friends may find a Parkinson’s diagnosis too much to process. That’s okay. Just be where you can with them. Others may not completely understand but will be by your side, nonetheless. Treasure the friendships wherever they are. Some will fade, and again, that’s okay. Give grace to those friendships and let them go where they naturally will. The others, the ones who stick around even though they don’t understand — I think they might just be the “gold.” 
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02 May: Virtual Workshop: Sketching for Joy with Lorraine Wilson

Evidence has shown that engaging in creative pursuits has the potential to decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances and improve psychological and physical well-being. Therefore, in this two-hour sketching workshop, the healing power of the arts will come front and center. You will learn how to sketch, tools to help you deal with difficult emotions, ways you can use sketching to rewrite your stories, and the power of celebrating and sharing your sketching victories. No prior “artistic” experience required. This is a session of play and discovery and all are welcome.
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28 Apr: How Laughter Yoga Can Help You Live Well with Parkinson’s

Laughter yoga can be an especially powerful tool for living well.   Laughter yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing and stretching exercises. It works best in groups and requires eye contact and playfulness. Many of the exercises incorporate cognitive challenges within them, like clapping and laughing at the same time, so they are both are fun and challenging (and there are no worries if mistakes are made!).