Say yes to traveling this summer with these savvy tips

Don’t delay!! Make those summer travel plans now!

Here are some tips for making traveling easier for you.

Your difficulties do not have to interfere with traveling, which should be an enjoyable experience and not limited or avoided because of you or your loved one’s disease. But planning ahead is key to avoid these difficulties. The following guidelines should help to make your next trip anxiety-free.

Tips for Traveling with a movement disorder 

Always try to travel with a companion.

  • Place the names of your doctor, insurance company, emergency contact, and medications in your wallet or purse.
  • Carry identification stating that you have a neurological disease.
  • Use a “fanny” pack or backpack so that you have both hands free to balance as you walk, especially if walking any distance.
  • Pack snacks and carry a water bottle to take medications.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and good walking shoes.
  • When making hotel reservations, request a room on the ground floor or near an elevator. Ask if they have rooms that are handicapped-accessible; these usually include grab bars in the shower and bathroom and have wider spaces between furniture for wheelchair access.

Traveling With Medications

  • Always have at least a day’s dosage of medication in your pocket or purse.
  • Try to carry all of your medications with you, in the event that your luggage gets misplaced.
  • Pack enough medications to last the entire trip.
  • Do not rely on out-of-town, or especially out-of-the-country, pharmacies for refills.
  • Check with your doctor about any over-the-counter drugs, such as those for motion sickness or diarrhea, before you leave.
  • Find out if your medications are “sun-sensitive” and plan accordingly.
  • Carry a list and schedule of medications with you.
  • If possible, use a watch with an alarm or an alarm pillbox. If you are traveling with time changes it may be difficult for you to remember on your own.

Travel by Car

  • Many medications can cause drowsiness, particularly after eating. If you are driving, take a nap before you go and avoid eating for two to three hours before departing.
  • Do not overestimate you abilities. While you may be capable of driving short distances to and from home, a longer road trip may require much more stamina. Either break the trip up into shorter distances with frequent stops, or share the driving with someone else.

Travel by Air

  • Request a non-stop flight and an aisle seat.
  • Check as many bags as possible, but remember to keep your medications in your carry-on.
  • Use airport shuttles, or ask for a wheelchair if your gate is a far distance.
  • Ask for early seating for a few extra minutes to board and get comfortable.
  • Use the bathroom before you get on the plane. Airplane bathrooms are often small and not handicapped-accessible.
  • If you are on a restricted diet, request a special meal in advance.

Travel by Bus or Train

  • Wheelchair lifts are generally available for entrances and exits.
  • Seats can generally be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Try to get an aisle seat near the exit to make getting on and off easier.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, research and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therapeutic Humor promotes wellness

What is therapeutic humor?

Therapeutic humor is any intervention that promotes health and wellness by stimulating a playful discovery, expression or appreciation of the absurdity or incongruity of life’s situations.

This intervention may enhance work performance, support learning, improve health, or be used as a complementary treatment of illness to facilitate healing or coping, whether physical, emotional, cognitive, social or spiritual.

Laughter is the power of positive healing,” she said. “I’ve seen it work best for people with losses – death, divorce, a job, for example. Humor is a tool to empower people to move forward. It helps them improve their quality of life, to take better care of themselves.”

“A belly laugh increases the ability of your immune system to fight infections,” said Elizabeth Taylor, on the faculty of Bastyr University, the Seattle-area institution devoted to natural medicine.

Tip to Relieve Stress and Be Happier   by Roberta Gold, Laughter for the Health  of it. Los Angeles based Recreation Therapist and Humor Therapist

Don’t look at the news headlines first thing in the morning.  Don’t watch the news right before going to bed.  Instead think of something you really enjoyed doing during the day.  Make that your last thought before you go to bed.

There are so many benefits you can receive from laughing more. Relieve your stress, improve immunity and even tone up your abs.

Roberta belongs to an organization called AATH.org  – The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.  Visit their website to find research, books and articles about humor and humor therapy.

If more people listened to the comedy channel on the radio when they’re in their cars, there would be much less road rage.You can lower your cortisol levels (the hormone that may be making you fat) by simply laughing, even if you start with a fake laugh.  Your body doesn’t differentiate between a real laugh and a fake one.  When you’re feeling you’re lowest, force yourself to laugh.

When you get hit with intense “stuff” turn to gratitude. It will make it easier for you to laugh and feel better.  Write down what you’re grateful for in a notebook. (Writing in long hand will give you the best results)

Write a “to do” list and cross off something you’ve accomplished each day. When you cross off an accomplishment, or write a gratitude list, it will make you feel happier.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, TBI and MS – other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day is a new beginning

Happiness is how I arrange my mind

OH MY , I REALLY DO HAVE A CHOICE !!

by our own Joan W.

The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coiffed  and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home,she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.

As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.

I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room, just wait.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied.  “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged… it’s how I arrange my mind.

I already decided to love it “It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just for this time in my life.

Old age is like a bank account: you withdraw from what you’ve put in.

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the Bank account of memories.

I am still depositing. Now, have yourself a beautiful day. In gratitude for every moment,   warmest regards from Joan

You are perfect the way you are

FILL IN THE BLANKS

When I was a kid I wanted to be a ___________________. But life

kinda got in the way and I grew up and became a _______________.

So, when I retire I’m going to do what I always wanted to do which is

_________________ and _______________.

But first I want to ________________ and __________________.

And maybe take my family or my friends to

________________.  Then I will get down to business.

But right now, I will _____________until it’s time to eat!

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

 As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

 The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiration as Spring arrives

MARCH INSPIRATION

When you come to the edge
of all the light you know
and are about to step off
into the darkness of the unknown,
faith is knowing one of two things
will happen:  there will be something solid to stand on
or you will be taught how to fly.

with gratitude for everything, Joan

Yes you can. Yes you did. Yes you do.

Remember:

Parkinson may attack my mind, body and spirit, but the one thing that helps to conquer all three, is HOPE.    Anonymous  

 My way of dealing with Parkinson’s is to keep myself busy and ensure my mind is always occupied.  David Riley,  afflicted with PD ” Craven Herald & Pioneer, March 19, 2016

 Parkinson’s is my toughest fight. No, it doesn’t hurt. It’s hard to explain. I’m being tested to see if I’ll keep praying, to see if I’ll keep my faith. All great people are tested by God.

MUHAMMAD ALI, Esquire, February 2012

 How do we wrestle with this beast? We must make peace with it.  Anonymous  

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is here for you:

For information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles county, Ventura county, Central Coast & Central Valley, contact us here or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

As we rely on donations to continue providing these services at no charge, if you would like to support our efforts, you can donate with ease and security at our website or mail us your gift. Please make sure and note our website as a bookmark in your computer. It is:  www.neurocommunity.org 

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The power of our imagination in 2017

HAPPY  NEW YEAR

We have all heard of the familiar phrase, ‘wherever you go, you take yourself with you’. We always can change our circumstances and opportunities. We all have the capacity to take ourselves to places beyond our imagination – IN our imagination.

We can change who we are and where we are. Our life is always in our hands.

This coming year, I hope those trips will take you to beautiful and stimulating spots that fill your positive memory book for future mind travel. No sea sickness – no complicated check-ins – no delayed arrivals.

Just relax yourself and remember and create. The world is yours.

You are healthy and can do whatever pleases you the most.

May every year bring you forward and strong.
2017 will open a new chapter in your personal inner travelogue.
Happy New Year.  Have a great trip.

With hugs, Joan W.

 

Laughter is good medicine

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Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

When it comes to relieving stress, more giggles and guffaws are just what the doctor ordered. The Mayo Clinic Staff says why:

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke.

Stress relief from laughter

A good sense of humor can’t cure all ailments, but data is mounting about the positive things laughter can do.

Short-term benefits

A good laugh has great short-term effects. When you start to laugh, it doesn’t just lighten your load mentally, it actually induces physical changes in your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs.Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Activate and relieve your stress response.A rollicking laugh fires up and then cools down your stress response, and it can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. The result? A good, relaxed feeling.
  • Soothe tension.Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which can help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.

Long-term effects

Laughter isn’t just a quick pick-me-up, though. It’s also good for you over the long term. Laughter may:

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude-of-gratitudeFall marks the transition from summer into winter and its related status as the season of the primary harvest, Thanksgiving and the holiday season!

When you’re forced to live with a chronic illness, it’s easy to lament your losses. As you constantly adjust to the changes in your mind and body, it’s tempting to focus on what isn’t working, but this simply creates further frustration. We’re not suggesting that you ignore the sadness and pain the diagnosis of a disease can cause, but once these feelings are acknowledged and released, the spirit can begin to heal by actively focusing on what’s going right.

Your ability to live a fulfilling life, despite your disease, will arise directly from your appreciation of each function you’re able to retain and each new skill you develop that helps you adapt to change. Making the commitment to embrace gratitude positively influences your world view and how others perceive you. It softens your losses and enhances your gains.

Gratitude is a coping skill

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is one of the many skills you can practice to help lessen the impact of your illness has on your overall sense of well-being. So how do you deliberately become truly grateful and how can choosing this mindset transform your perspective?

Try a gratitude list

Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for. If you can, find a quiet place to sit and relax while you do this. This list may help you to remember the simple gifts you receive every day. Carry it with you. Even the smallest pleasures can be appreciated when you allow yourself a moment to be aware of what you have.

Some examples: * My cat is in my lap * I have tasty food in the refrigerator * My house is warm * My best friend is coming over * I have a good book to read

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