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brain lightbulbI am envisioning a day when my older patients with significant neurologic issues (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Dementias and Memory Decline of various types) will return to class to improve their brains and physical constitution.   They’ll go back to school….and they’ll like it!   This school would be called DDA …..Dr. Doug’s Academy (I’m riffing on an idea here…so let me have my fun!)

An elementary school at the age of 70, it would be a whole day affair.  It would start early in the morning, as the older set often have sleep issues.  The day would consist of more physical activity than mental activity, because it turns out that physical activity has the strongest correlation with improvement in brain function and memory.  We’d have 3-4 sections of physical activity daily, and then 2-3 classes that are academically oriented, as this remains important in it’s own right.

We’ll serve healthy food, abstain from liquor (to excess…a little liquor would be OK…perhaps even during the daytime!…..You’ll like my school.)  With all of this going on….we might need a naptime too with cookies and milk.

Why do I construct my school this way?  Because research is showing greater potential for spontaneous brain healing than we have previously imagined.  In this article from the WSJ sent in by a patient, you can read about the research that is informing such an approach.   Read>>>>HERE.



St. Josephs-MAPC-Dr. Lieberman-Barrows Magazine-121About 10 million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s disease, and currents of those people want help in dealing with this illness without waiting months for an appointment or thumbing through hundreds of pages of difficult medical terminology.

Our state of Arizona is home to one of the finest Parkinson’s doctors in the world, Dr. Abraham Lieberman. Considerations about this illness weigh heavily on those effected by it, and a highly valuable book called The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center 100 Questions and Answers about Parkinson’s Disease, offers clear and understandable help.  The book provides its readers with the opportunity to have their questions intelligibly answered by a revered expert in the field.

One popular feature is that Dr. Lieberman answers common questions from the standpoint of both a doctor and a patient, giving people an inside look to the many components of this ubiquitous disease. In doing so, it supplies information to those in need about the treatment of Parkinson’s, the quality of life for those enduring it and different sources of support.

Dr. Lieberman is an acclaimed international leader in Parkinson’s disease. He obtained his medical degree from New York University Medical School and completed his residency at New York University Bellevue Medical Center, subsequently completing a pharmacology fellowship at New York University Medical Center. He is the Medical Director of the Movement Disorders Program and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

Roughly one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease, and according to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, this number is higher than the number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig’s disease combined.  To further enforce the magnitude of this data, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year; thousands of cases go unnoticed, and about 10 million people around the world are living with Parkinson’s disease today.  Many of those suffering have managed to sustain thriving careers and loving families while living with their illness; it is still a difficult daily reality. Dr. Lieberman’s book helps its readers become more well informed and communicates with those who want the help on key concerns about this ubiquitous and strenuous disease.

University of Maryland Medical Center. (n.d.). Parkinson’s disease center. Retrieved from http://umm.edu/programs/parkinsons/health/overview

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. (n.d.). Statistics on parkinson’s disease. Retrieved from http://www.pdf.org/en/parkinson_statistics

Barrow Neurological Institute. (n.d.). Neurological services-abraham lieberman, md. Retrieved from http://www.thebarrow.org/Neurological_Services/Muhammad_Ali_Parkinson_Center/Movement_Disorders_Clinic/211729

Amazon. (n.d.). The muhammad ali parkinson center 100 questions & answers about parkinson disease, second edition [paperback]. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Parkinson-Questions-Answers-Disease/dp/0763772534/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379893078&sr=8-1&keywords=100 questions on parkinsons


A recent study showed that Tai Chi exercise improved balance & strength, and may have improved safety from falls in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
Now, the focus in Parkinson’s is on efforts to maintain functionality through exercise. This study looked at 185 patients with Parkinson’s over a 6 month period.
So……the obvious is proven once again. Exercise, in all of it’s forms, provides benefits in neurologic conditions…..Time to get your tennis shoes on and go to it.
If you are interested in Tai Chi in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area….here is some information: