Wow, here it is almost the end another year, a time for retrospection, making resolutions and watching a lot of football. As always it has been a busy year that saw us decide to spend more time in Florida in an effort to determine if we could live here full time and take advantage of all the benefits the area offers for Parkinson’s Patients. And we spent time with friends and family in both Florida and Tennessee and during trips to Denver, San Francisco, North Carolina, and Seattle. We also attended the World Parkinson’s Congress in Portland, Oregon. (note the links throughout this post will take you to a relevant blog post or article in case you missed them the first time!)
Probably the most important thing we have been able to do is increase our exercise time while in Florida. We joined the YMCA and were attending 2 – 3 exercise classes a day there until we got hooked on tennis after taking lessons through, where else, the YMCA. We have been playing 4 or 5 times a week and we plan to sign up for more lessons next month. I find it is not only a good work out but helps alleviate the PD symptoms. Several studies were recently released showing the benefits of exercise for PD and I plan to take advantage of the opportunities we have while I still can. Now if I can stay injury free!
So we have adjusted the exercise schedule to try and limit it to about 2 hours a day. I continue the Pedaling for Parkinsons class twice a week and we go to the PD in Motion class and will start our second season of Let Your Yoga Dance for Parkinsons (this is a video link) in January. We have found also found the Tai Chi classes beneficial and think we will sign up for a class at the Sarasota branch of the Tai Chi Society also starting in January. In addition to helping with movement and balance, we find it calming and centering.
On the resolution front I decided that instead of my usual resolution to post more often (which has worked so well 🙂 I would make a few updates to the blog So you will note a new tab at the top labeled My Book List and if you click on it, you will find…wait for it…. a list of books with my short review. As the page notes there are over 2,600 PD books listed on Amazon so I’ve got a lot more reading to do! Check it out when you get a chance.
I’ve also updated My Blog List, adding a few more blogs and correcting a couple of bad links. The new links are marked with (new) to make them easier to find.
I hope everyone had a great holiday and wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year! Let’s hope it is the Year of the Cure!
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius