frequent flyer

i’m leaving on a jetplane,

to be with this lovely lady as she marries her best-friend.

photo credit: darian cheng

… and to squeeze in some visits with my family and friends.

bring on the ontario heat & humidity! much love.

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Nah-mah-stay

did you ever wonder what your teacher and others are saying at the end of yoga class??

… was it Namenstag? Nomastay?

Nah-mah-stay… or Namaste is a Hindi salutation or greeting.

from me to you, Namaste.

Traditionally, saying Namaste is a mark of respect that the younger ones show their elders and in turn the elders bestow their blessings on them, or simply a greeting between friends and acquaintances.

The gesture has a subtle effect on the aura and nervous system, and is thought to bring focused attention to the subtle energy body.

Meanings:

  • your spirit is the same as mine and therefore there is no difference between you and me.
  • I welcome the place where you and I meet.
  • my energy salutes the energy lying within you.
  • I recognize the power of divinity that dwells in your heart
  • the divine in me recognizes and bows down to the divine in you

How to say Namaste:

The right way requires you to fold your hands, touch your palms and take the hands close to your heart (anjali mudra), resembling the position of hands while performing prayers.

the right palm represents the feet of the divinity (i.e. our divine nature) and the left palm signifies the head of the devotee (i.e. our worldly nature). The gesture, which involves the clasping of hands, is symbolic of unification of man and God.

so,

I honor the place in you
in which the entire Universe dwells,

I honor the place in you
which is of Love, of Truth, of Light and of Peace,

When you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
we are One. Namaste.

much love.

recognizing dementia

classic clinical signs of parkinson’s disease (PD) include:

1) resting tremor

2) rigidity (or stiffness)

3) postural instability (balance troubles)

and 4) bradykinesia (slowed movements, like rising from a chair)

However, nonmotor (i.e. pain, sleep difficulties) and psychological (i.e. apathy, depression, hallucinations) symptoms can also occur.

Dementia can also develop in PD. Epidemiology shows PD associated dementia (PDD) can occur in up to 80% of persons with PD, and is considered part of a spectrum of dementia diseases, that includes Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body diseases:

(Water, 2011)

What distinguishes PDD from other forms of dementia is that it develops at least 1-2 years after classic parkinsonian motor signs are evident. If the opposite it true (i.e. dementia signs first, then motor signs), it is recognized as dementia with Lewy Bodies.

PDD is mainly attributed to an accumulation of a protein, Lewy Body, in the brain.

There is overlap in both pathology and symptoms in the many forms of dementia, and this can make diagnosis difficult!

In PDD, people usually have major problems with attention, executive functioning (i.e. how to sequence actions and perform tasks), and memory retrieval (i.e. recalling information from your long-term memory). Whereas in Alzheimer’s disease, the memory problem is more often storing memories.

More and more research is being done to understand this tangled web of dementia pathologies and symptoms, especially to help with accurate diagnosis… but what are the implications for the PD caregiver? much love.

sleepovers

i used to think the best part about hotels and visiting was jumping on the bed…

 

now, it’s getting to wake up and spend time visiting with people you love (levon loves it too)!

hangin out in Van with Connor & Ally

i’m so lucky to have wonderful visitors this week! (so excuse my delays on posting… many adventures to share!) much love.