You Are What You Say: our language use tells on us

As Americans gear up for the final weeks leading up to the presidential election, an assortment of rants, insults, name calling and other forms of verbal abuse will likely continue to be a part of the political landscape, representing a change in cultural norms that...

Could You Speak Clearer in One Office Visit?

A new patient asked:  “am I coming to see you to find out how bad my voice is?” “NO,” I replied, “you’re coming to find out how good it could be!” Research has shown us that vocal behavior is hierarchically organized and that...

Do You Vote by Mail? Will Parkinson’s let your signature pass?

When seeing a patient for the first time, or for an annual re-assessment, they are required to sign a form, with four signature lines. If a patient has Parkinson’s disease, they will usually state that their handwriting is “horrible,” and rarely, if ever, do all four...

One Piece of Advice from People Living with Parkinson’s

Our weekly LOUD Crowd group of 14 people is as diverse a group of people you could have. Although all have a medical diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease or a related diagnosis such as PSP, no two people look alike, sound alike, have the same motor or non-motor symptoms,...

Parkinson’s Friendships Bring Laughter and Loss

On Friday, I learned that a member of my weekly LOUD Crowd® class was in Hospice. “Suddenly” he declined, his wife told me in an email. This morning, he passed away at home. It’s odd to think of death as coming “suddenly” when someone has a Parkinson’s diagnosis,...