Tag Archives: Parkinson’s disease

Sleep in Parkinson’s disease

Last week, I posted about a recent scientific understanding of WHY we need sleep (see post HERE). There are all kinds of benefits to getting enough sleep:  It’s good for your heart, it may reduce stress, and even prevent cancer. – More importantly, sleep is good for your brain – especially working memory… the kind essential to daily function. –… Read more »

NEW research opportunity

Hi! Just wanted to point out that I have a new tab… RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES. – And, yes, that means I am off-and-running with my latest research study. SO, PLEASE check it out if you are interested in getting involved – Specifically, I’m looking for care partners of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease to fill out a questionnaire! *the… Read more »

world parkinson congress, here I come!

As you read this, I’ll be landing in Montreal-Trudeau Airport after my redeye from Victoria… I’ll grab a coffee and a catnap and be ready to go! If you’re around, stop in and see me… or send me an email, I’d love to meet up! Renewal Room Wed 8-9am Yoga with Renee and myself Renewal Room Wed 415-515pm Yoga with… Read more »

stem cells : recent updates on brain cell connections

this summer, some great stem cell research with implications for Parkinson’s disease came out of the Centre for Brain Research Centre at Aukland University, New Zealand. in the brain, a slippery coating (polysiatic acid) on brain cells enable them to move easily to their destination, connect with other brain cells and turn into neurons. once they reach their target, the slippery… Read more »

life in the balance : summer reads

Dr Thomas Graboys was a cardiologist at Harvard Medical and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, celebrated for his rapport with patients. At age 49 he began with battle with Parkinson’s disease and progressive Lewy Body Dementia. This book chronicles his diagnosis, retirement and day-to-day physical, mental and emotional struggles. His story gives a voice, not only to persons diagnosed, but to… Read more »

my guest posts on contributors.healthline.com

hey … did you know healthline.com has a new site “Healthline Contributors“, showcasing persons with expertise and interest to share interesting stories or advice? I was asked to contribute a few pieces, and you can check out all my guest posts HERE … on topics such as; “incorporating yoga into Parkinson’s disease management“ my latest publication on “Parkinson’s and changes to… Read more »

open your heart : yoga workshop for parkinson’s

Hi Parkinson’s Yogis! If you live in the victoria area, join me on August 11th for my next yoga workshop for Parkinson’s at Moksana yoga centre. We’ll focus on targetting the muscles of the upper back and opening the chest. Specifically the postures will help address stooped posture and postural instability, creating more space in the upper body. – Please… Read more »

prions & other misfolded proteins : summer reads

A prion is thought of as a protein molecule with no genetic material that can infect, multiply and kill. Prions are caused by misfolded ‘normal’ proteins and were “discovered” by Stanley Prusiner (who won a nobel prize). I recently read Fatal Flaw by Jay Ingram (of Daily Planet and Quirks & Quacks), “the rough and tumble story of prions, filled… Read more »

UPCOMING Parkinson’s yoga workshop: July 14th

… don’t forget Victoria Parkinson’s Yogi’s, THIS SUNDAY is my next yoga for Parkinson’s workshop! Join me as we work on postural stability and balance at MokSana Yoga Studio (#500-3 Fan Tan Alley) July 14th from 1:30-3:30pm. contact me at: kaitlyn.p.roland@gmail.com or 250.589.2046 – **For the rest of the months of July and August, check out my weekly blog posts… Read more »

a yoga/wellness retreat for parkinson’s

This past week I attended “A Wellness Retreat for People Living with Parkinson’s and Their Care Partners“. This retreat was sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation and hosted by Kripalu, health living program. We attended sessions on integrating yoga and meditative practices into your life. We learned about disease/symptom management, exercise, communication and care planning. We practiced yoga together. We… Read more »