An Epic Commitment

September 24, 2018
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In our latest episode, we are joined by Team Fox athlete and fundraiser Seth Manthey. Seth shares his connection to the Parkinson's community and his latest undertaking to support Parkinson's research through the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF). His current fundraiser is called 13 for 30, and it is truly an epic endeavor! We reflect on the incredible connections that you can make in the Parkinson's community by getting involved in organizations like MJFF. We share our thoughts on how each of us has an opportunity to do something truly epic in the battle against Parkinson's - in our own unique way. Tune in and find out the amazing story behind the cover photo for this episode. 

Parkinson’s Warrior

August 19, 2018
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In our latest episode we are joined by Nick Pernisco, founder of Parkinson's Warrior. Nick talks about the warrior mentality he has adopted to combat the daily struggle with Parkinson's. We discuss his website - ParkinsonsWarrior.com - where Nick shares the techniques for developing a warrior mindset. We find a real conneciton with Nick's view on the 6th and 7th stages of grief - Fighting Back and Advocacy. Nick also tells us about the amazing app he has developed for the Parkinson's community, which he describes as similar to a FitBit app for people with Parksinson's. Nick also shares his latest project, a book for the Parkinson's community. Please listen to hear more about the incredibe work Nick is doing in the PD community. 

 

The New Music Film

July 6, 2018
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In just a handful of episodes, PD Connect is already establishing a global reach. For our first episode, we journeyed over the wires to England to interview Emma Lawton. And now, in this latest episode, we are thrilled to connect with the Parkinson's community in Ireland to share the details of a truly groundbreaking film.

Chiara Viale joins us to talk about "The New Music", a feature film about Adrian, a talented pianist struggling with young onset Parkinson's disease. Adrian's path to acceptance and joy begins when he is invited to join a punk band - a dramatic departure from his classical training.   

Chiara is the writer and director of the film. For Chiara and the entire cast and crew, The New Music is truly a passion project. Many of the volunteers involved in making the film have donated their personal funds to bring it to life. Please listen to our interview with Chiara to learn how the idea for The New Music began with a story about a musician and evolved into so much more.  

You can see the trailer for the film and behind the scenes footage on the film's Facebook page and YouTube channel. The production team has also lauched a crowd-funding campaign to help fund editing, sound, music, marketing and festival entries. Please consider making a donation to help bring this amazing film to the screen. 20% of money raised from the fundraising campaign will go directly to Young Parkinson's Ireland, as well as all profits from the film. 

 

Speech Pathology - It’s Not Just Talk

June 12, 2018
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In this latest episode, we are joined by Hannah Grassie, M.S., CCC-SLP. Hannah is a speech-language pathologist and founder of The Parkinson's Report (TheParkinsonsReport.com). Hannah provides insight into the many roles of a speech-language pathologist, including the treatment of cognitive symptoms. Hannah also shares her personal experience with a PWP that led her to create The Parkinson's Report. Please join us for this informative episode about the potential benefits of therapy from a qualified speech-language pathologist. 

Mindful Living

May 16, 2018
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Our third episode features Tracy Wosaba - a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness instructor and Registered Yoga Teacher specializing in Yoga for Parkinson's. Tracy offers insight into the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for both PWP's and their care partners. She also provides some easy-to-implement techniques for improving mindfulness. We cap off the episode with a mediation exercise that is sure to leave you feeling more relaxed and mindful.

Let’s Get Intimate

April 27, 2018
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On today's show, we are joined by Anissa Mitchell to talk about a topic rarely discussed in the Parkinson's community - intimacy. Anissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves as the Parkinson's Outreach Manager at Florida Hosptial. Together we discuss the impact of Parkinson's on both physical and emotional intimacy, as well as suggestions for restoring or improving intimacy for those living with Parkinson's and their partners. 

An Honestly Great Year

April 4, 2018
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Our inaugural episode of PD Connect features one of the most recognized faces in the Parkinson's community - the always charming and witty Emma Lawton. Emma reflects on her amazing experiences over the past year, including her PD 365 vlogging project, sharing the stage with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, and her first attempt at stand-up comedy. She offers a candid take on managing the struggles of Parkinson's while living a busy and adventurous life. Emma also shares her plans for the next year, including her groundbreaking Three-Six-Five's project.