This has been a busy month of events, travel and, of course, exercise. Here are some of the highlights.
We started the month by attending the Davis Phinney Foundation Victory Summit in Punta Gorda, FL (about an hour away). This was our second time to attend one of these events and it was even better than the first time. The event included motivational talks by Davis Phinney and Tim Hague who, with his son, won the first Amazing Race in Canada. In addition our event featured presentations by local medical personnel and support groups and a presentation by Connie Carpenter-Phinney about care partner strategies. If you get a chance to attend a Victory Summit (check the website for locations and dates), I highly recommend it.
Next we took a road trip from Sarasota to Hilton Head Island, SC to visit friends. On the way there and on the way back we stopped off in Amelia Island, FL where we enjoyed hiking at Fort Clinch State Park and Big and Little Talbot Islands State Parks.
After hiking, we took the car ferry across the St John River to Mayport, FL for a great sea food lunch before heading home.
The next event was lunch with friends at Frenchy’s Outpost Bar and Grill in Dunedin Fl where Mara saw this piano and is making plans to decorate our piano we have in Tennessee.
After lunch we went to Honeymoon Island state park and hiked the trail to an eagles nest where one eagle was on the nest and the mate appeared in a tree close by, you can just make them out in this photo. (even with the red arrows!)
Our next trip was going to West Virginia University Medical School in Morgantown, WV to watch our grand daughter Breanna receive her White Coat, signifying completion of two years of medical school and her transition to clinical training which will start this summer. We enjoyed the ceremony and Morgantown,cold weather and all!
So that’s a quick look at what’s been happening this month. We continue to shoot for at least an hour of exercise per day choosing from tennis, PD in Motion Dance Class, various classes at the YMCA (yoga, tai chi, and others) and Pedaling for PD. Yet another study by Northwestern was released in the last week or so showing the benefits of at least 150 minutes per week in slowing the progression of PD. And the best exercise??? The one you will do!!!
On April 1, we will attend the National Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Walk in Tampa.This will be our first Moving Day Walk and we are looking forward it as we kick off Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius