Author Archives: Laura Kennedy Gould

About Laura Kennedy Gould

Author of "The Magic Trick -- Life with Parkinson's"

Team Players

Girls and young women pounding down the soccer field, deftly stopping the ball and then dribbling the ball towards the goal.  This is not an unusual sight – go to any city park or playfield during the school year and … Continue reading

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Roll Over, Beethoven

“That’s a classic,” my neurologist said.  He was not referring to any compositions by Beethoven or the Chuck Berry classic, “Roll Over, Beethoven”.    Alas, my doctor was commenting on my latest weird Parkinson’s symptom, difficulty rolling over in bed.  … Continue reading

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Pinky’s Passion – Rock on August 5!

Who is this woman and what is Pinky’s Passion?  We’ll get to that in a minute, but first, mark your calendar: 3rd Annual “Rock in the Park” Sunday, August 5,  Noon to 4 pm Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N., … Continue reading

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The Alphabet Soup of PROs

In a previous blogpost, I wrote about how Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) is not only a hot topic in the medical world, but also pivotal to Parkinson’s research.  There is quite an alphabet soup list of surveys and diagnostic scales … Continue reading

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“Lord of All I Survey”

Back in April, I wrote a post pleading for a universal Parkinson’s survey to help both research and clinical care.  Wouldn’t it be great if researchers didn’t have to reinvent the wheel  and create a new survey on demographics and … Continue reading

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Register to Vote by July 9

I put together a Frequently Asked Questions about voter registration: –If you live in Washington State, and need to register, change address, or change name , please look at the info below. –If you know someone who needs to register, … Continue reading

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The Poet Laureate of Parking Suns

One of my fellow Parkie bloggers is Bruce Ballard, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person last year in his hometown of New York.  We also met at the 2016 World Parkinson’s Congress, where we were both “official … Continue reading

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Seven Elements…Oh Bother

In my Facebook peregrinations, I stumbled upon “Seven Elements of a Highly Effective Parkinson’s Exercise Program“, presented by a (inevitably) perky physical therapist named Dr. Sarah King.  She runs a physical therapy business (Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness) in Austin, … Continue reading

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Keep Moving and Keep Smiling

Keep moving and keep smiling I am indebted to one of my dance partners Paul Griffin for this mantra.  Paul is the tall fellow in the photo, taken on the last night of my latest set of dance lessons.  I … Continue reading

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A Survey of Surveys

Couldn’t we have just one Parkinson’s survey?  And use it for both research and patient care? I participate in various longitudinal research studies (studies over time), which means that I fill out LOTS of surveys online.  I wonder why researchers … Continue reading

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