Announcing a New Virtual Gathering Place For Isolated Alaskans With Parkinson' s Disease
It bugs me that there are undoubtedly Alaskans out there with Parkinson's Disease who have no support group nor the ability to travel or live where there is one. As far as I know, the only group is in Anchorage. (Is there some group out there I do not know about? I would love to be corrected about this!)
As an experimental attempt to get at this problem I have created a new facebook page. So you're off in a remote corner of Alaska and dealing with Parkinson's Disease? This is the page for you. Post your questions and we'll try to get answers. Let us know where you are so that you can connect with others in your area.
Come on in, the stove is warm, and so is the welcome.
Welcometo all with an interest in Parkinson's Disease. This blog was to be an information clearinghouse for the Anchorage Parkinson's Disease Support Group, where meeting schedules, agendas, speakers etc could be found. It's still that, but has also become a sort of therapeutic hobby. So I invite you to join in the discussion and experience a little therapy as well. This will be as interesting as we as a community make it. Think loud and sound off!
Our Support group meets the third Saturday of each month at 3:30 in the afternoon. The meetings take place at the Anchorage Pioneer Home , 923 West 11th Avenue in downtown Anchorage on the fifth floor in the West lounge. You may call 350-9691 with questions about the group and meetings.
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The Knight Digital Media Center, judges of the Alaska Press Club's annual journalism awards selected The Alaska Parkinson's Rag for second place in the "Best Blog" category for 2008. Here is an excerpt of their comments:
"...Alaska Parkinson's Rag is many things: a community resource, a humor column, a science and medicine explainer. But it's also something that few blogs ever manage to be: addictive and gripping. Everything seems to work just right on this blog, and it is a powerful testament to what a person can achieve in this medium. "