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From the creator of PD Shimmers comes this memoir that serves as a source of hope ande motivation
Take the journey on the path illuminated with humor and optimism.

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The Power of a Smile

You Can Live Well with Parkinson's
Smile! You know you can.

A smile can indeed have positive effects for patients with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects the movement and coordination of the body. It is characterized by symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, and difficulty with facial expressions.

One common symptom of Parkinson's is a masked or expressionless face, known as facial rigidity. This lack of facial expression can affect communication and social interaction.

However, research has shown that smiling can help alleviate some of these symptoms. When a person with Parkinson's disease smiles, it activates the muscles in the face, including the muscles responsible for facial expressions. This can help to counteract the facial rigidity and improve the ability to express emotions and convey non-verbal communication.

Moreover, smiling has been associated with positive emotional states and can enhance mood. It can trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals in the brain. This can lead to an improvement in overall well-being and quality of life for patients with Parkinson's.

In addition to the physical and emotional benefits, smiling can also have social advantages. A genuine smile can make interactions with others more pleasant and help to establish positive connections. It can convey warmth, approachability, and openness, making it easier for patients with Parkinson's to engage in social situations.

It is important to note that while smiling can be beneficial, it is not a substitute for medical treatment or therapy for Parkinson's disease. It should be used as a complementary approach alongside appropriate medical care. If you or someone you know has Parkinson's disease, it is best to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and recommendations.

Living with Parkinson's for 18 years.
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Humor can play a significant role in improving the overall well-being of individuals living with Parkinson's disease.


Optimism can have a positive impact on individuals with Parkinson's disease in several ways.

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Developing a passion for something can be a powerful tool in dealing with Parkinson's disease. Here are some ways in which developing a passion can be beneficial.

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The simple truh is just MOVE.

Nordic Walk, play ping pong, shoot hoops, swim,row. Sum it up in one word, MOVE.

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Boxing, Cycling, Ballroom Dance, Laughter Yoga

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This new memoir offers hope and practical insights for seniors, those with Parkinson's disease and anyone seeking inspiration in the face of adversity.

The Mike Justak Foundation for Parkinson's Disease is a Plymouth Minnesota based IRS approved public charity filed under 501C3.