Gerontologists and family on the East Coast

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks…

I was at the WPC2013 in Montreal, the first week of October, and recently have been on the east coast for a couple conferences.

The Canadian association on gerontology held their annual conference in Halifax… which, is close to family for me! I presented some PDF research on categorizing dementia caregiver stressors across neurodegenerative diseases (AD, PD, MCI, DLB).

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The typology shows that different symptoms, lead to different secondary strains (i.e. memory –> role-strain, motor –> constant vigilance) and this varies with disease. The implications of this are that we cannot provide the same support across all dementia caregivers.

I also did a workshop on Yoga for Parkinson’s disease, with a specific focus on application to this population from a pathological and physiological perspective, as well as some issues around current yoga research.

Aside from both of these, I got to teach early morning yoga classes for those participants who wanted to get some physical activity in before the conference sessions. I had a good group of 12 people both days… you know who you are, way to go! Thanks to Moksha Yoga Halifax, and my dear friend Jo, for letting us use your yoga mats! … and for the delicious breakfast date with your cutie!

After my workshop, I hoped in my car and drove up to Cape Breton Island. Let me tell you, the trees on the east coast are so incredibly beautiful this time of year. It was indescribable. The pictures don’t do it justice.

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I have a “boatload” of family in and around Nova Scotia (that’s what happens when your dad is 1 of 10 siblings!) and was lucky enough to see: 4 Cousin, 7 Aunts or Uncles, and Nanny … the one and only.  All who left me feeling spoiled and full of love … not bad for a 30hour trip to the Island and a 2-hour conference break!

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… and then my adventure continues in the NorthEastern United States. Stay tuned. Much love.

travels & island living

happy summer! it seems summer has officially shown it’s beautiful smile here in victoria and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it!

This past couple months has been full of travels, adventures, and settling down… I’ll give you a sneak peak of what has been keeping me busy…

mid-may we boarded an airplane and partied in vegas with a couple of rockstars…

margaritas with jimmy buffet

elton john!

then near the end of may, family called and I headed east to Cape Breton Island (check out http://wp.me/s1l8Lq-family)

made-in-cape-breton pepsi, the longest flight, and the ferry to newfoundland!

May 31st came and we packed our bags and hit the road… and headed west, all the way to Victoria.

we moved to west victoria/esquimalt… and chose to live here because:

1) the ocean

west bay marina

harbour seals!

2) fol epi/cafe fantastico

best coffee, bread and pastries in the city within walking distance… yum!

fol epi bread

cafe fantastico

and of course 3) anna-banana!

anna and her funny faces

… and it’s been great!

I hadn’t even been in Victoria for 40 hours, when I hopped on another plane and headed to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Home to the Kripalu Centre for Yoga and Health.

seattle airport with my yoga mat, enroute to massachusetts!

And, I definitely felt at home! I was involved with a weeklong Yoga for Parkinson’s retreat (June 4-9), run by the National Parkinson Foundation. I left that week bursting with inspiration… so much so that I’ll share it in another post – so keep your eye out for that!

Because my dissertation was still hanging over my head, I went back to Kelowna for a week of WORK, WORK, WORK!

And whaddya know, it got finished and handed to my committee! What that means now, is that I have a couple months to wait, then head back to Kelowna in September for my defence!

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And now it’s summer-time…

and my pace has definitely slowed down! In between getting my last 2 papers published, and my last bit of data analyzed, I’ll get to enjoy ALL the island has to offer! Including,

bike rides

seafood

tuna sandwich and seafood poutine at “RedFish BlueFish”

crabbing at sooke harbour

camping

beachfront camping in la push, washington

and the beach (and surfing!)!

Bring it on, summer! much love.