Thursday, March 31, 2011
In April Here at the Parkinson Center of Oregon I am co-facilitating an eight week group for spouses living with someone who has PD called the The Mindset of Healthy Caregiving. This group has some elements of CBT and is based on the EduPark program out of Europe. This program focuses on skill building to live well with PD (either as the person with PD or as the caregiver).
On April 14th we are putting on our Caregiver Conference, a night set up just for family caregivers of PD.
And finally throughout the month of April and all of spring we will be promoting our PD walk called Paws for a Cause: A benefit for Parkinson's disease, which takes place in July.
It will be a busy month, that is for sure. I am frequently inspired when I learn about the programs other PD Social Workers are involved with at their centers or chapters. I am proud to work with such a great group of Social Workers and we all do so much to help families throughout the year. Take a moment and let your colleagues know about the great programs you offer at your center or chapter.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Here is a link to the article: Placebo to treat depression?
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
British Columbia is putting alot of effort into educating health care workers and the public about the advantagese of advanced care planning. A fantastic workbook has been created to help people have conversations about future health care decisions and to think about choices in care. I would recommend looking at www.fraserhealth.ca and search "My Voice Workbook".
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
More light is being shed on the importance of sleep and this gentleman from the Harvard Business Review believes that sleep is more important than food. I know I am one who used to skimp on sleep in favor of other activities, and I was worse for it. I no longer skimp on sleep (usually), however many of our PD patients and their spouses are not so lucky.
Sleep is More Important than Food
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's a little ways off but never too late to start planning to go if you can make it. The Huntington's Disease Society of America's yearly national convention is a great event. If you haven't been to one before I highly recommend that you try to make it. The convention is attended by many people in the Huntington's community including families and the leading HD experts. This year's convention is in Minneapolis. Click the link below for registration and other information.