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Parkinson’s – Discussion Group and Education Series

July 20, 2022

Open Discussion

Exercise Questions

Patrick started the discussion by addressing questions about specific exercises for tightness in the chest. He demonstrated a few exercises for the group.

Yoga and Breathing 

The discussion then took a turn in a different direction. One of the participants mentioned that he was taking yoga but didn’t feel like he was getting into it. The breathing was not calming him. He questioned why he couldn’t grasp the breathing forms. Although, he did comment that he was not necessarily into breathing as a relaxation technique. Suggested to him: apps that provide ways to relax, meditate, and sleep better. Calm and Single Habit are two that were mentioned. Tai Chi was proposed as an alternate activity, with many of the same goals as yoga. And yes, Patrick, real men do Tai Chi!

Let it Go

Sometimes people are too hard on themselves. That voice in your head can be too critical at times. “Don’t Celebrate the Mistake” Go Past it.

Patrick and others shared stories about someone putting their foot in their mouth, including themselves. Funerals were a common place for this to occur. As an example, during one of Patrick’s exercise classes he complimented a participant for her creative movements with her arms, only to be told it was dyskinesia.

Group Questions 

A question about body temperature increases and hot flashes was asked of the entire group. At least one other person mentioned that this happens to her as well. It was suggested that this might be thyroid related. It was strongly suggested that this could be an autoimmune problem. And that should be the first place to look for an answer. Another person mentioned that she had vision problems that were hampering her ability to read in church.

Artist’s Tour The discussion ended on an extremely happy note as we were given a tour of Ann’s studio, inventory, and her works in progress. Ann, thank you for letting the group “visit” your home.

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