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Retreats for People Living with Movement Disorders and their Caregivers


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Spirited Movement Retreat

Moving in the Spirit, A Retreat for People with Movement Disorders Saturday, March 16, 2013, Glastonbury Abbey Center, Hingham, Mass.was a great success!

People living with  Parkinson's Disease, Dystonia, Tremor, Multiple Sclerosis and other Movement Disorders gathered for a wonderful day of rest and renewal.  We shared support, strategies and strength with one another at one of New England’s beautiful retreat centers.

This unique event supported body, mind and spirit!  The day included interfaith worship, large and small group exercises, gentle chair massage, chair supported yoga, guided meditation and more. Folks also enjoyed a Resource Room stocked with educational handouts and other materials.
Retreat facilitator was Lindsay McGrath, M. Div., Sarah Jennifer Jensen and her team from Healing Touch Therapies provided massage services.  Naomi Goodman MPH was our yoga instructor.  Lunch and snacks were included.   

This retreat was made possible with generous support from the American Parkinson Disease Association, Massachusetts Chapter.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this retreat!


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Tips -- Improving Parkinson's Care at Home!

It is important for Parkinson's patients to maintain a high comfort level while at home. Use these helpful tips to manage your healthcare at home, making it a more enjoyable place to live!  This invaluable information is provided by the APDA's National Resource Center for Rehabilitation.

Check out this wonderful organization's website APDA National Resource Center for Rehabilitation   In addition, you may also call their toll free Exercise Helpline at 888-606-1688 to speak with a licensed physical therapist about strategies for living as well as possible with Parkinson's Disease.  Here are the tips!

--Use a microwaveable heat pad for backaches. They are safer to use than electric heating pads. They cool down gradually and won't burn the skin. 

-- Wrap a Chux pad around a warm…


Posted by Lindsay McGrath on August 27, 2012 at 11:30am

Don't Worry about Answers -- Just Listen for the "Right" Questions in Life!

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."

-- James Thurber, American writer

Funny thing about living with a movement disorder.  If we are not careful, the struggle involved can convince us that our lives are going to be small, cramped and painful.  We can become so discouraged we begin to make foregone conclusions about our lives.  And usually those conclusions are negative.

We may find ourselves thinking thoughts like -- "I can't do great things in life with this!" "People focus on my disorder, not on me!"  "Maybe I should just hide."

That is exactly what happened to me about four years ago during a particularly rough patch with Cervical Dystonia.  After many years of chronic pain, I had pretty much decided my life was going to be seriously compromised by this unpredictable, incurable condition that causes spasms in…


Posted by Lindsay McGrath on July 11, 2012 at 3:30pm


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We look forward to seeing you at one of our Retreats!!

The Spirited Movement Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illness and their caregivers through community, education and spiritual development.  Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Spirited Movement thanks the partners who make each retreat so special: 

Jennifer Jensen LMT and her team from Healing Touch Therapies

Naomi Goodman MPH.therapeutic dance

Renee Le Verrier, yoga for Parkinson's

Christen Dexter CMT and her team organized by Massage Away

Dorothy DeLutis Beaton and Jane McDonald, dance for Parkinson's
508 240-1642.

Diane E. Sargent, Director of Corporate Relations & Eleanor O'Neil, Caregiver Information Referral Specialist at South Shore Elder Services, Braintree, Mass. www.sselder.org

The Spirited Movement Foundation also gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. www.apdama.org and Jennifer Moran of Home Instead Senior Care Norwell, Mass. office  www.homeinstead.com

The Foundation also thanks Joyce Ginouves and the Parkinson's Support Network of Cape Cod, ST/Dystonia Inc., Care4Dystonia, TEVA Corp., Dr. Carlos Kase, M.D., Dr. Marie Saint-Hilaire M.D., Cathi Thomas, M.S., R.N., Keith Ciccone, DBS Nurse Coordinator at Boston University Medical Center, Dr. Michael T. Hayes of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston and South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth, Mass. for their assistance, support and donations.

We acknowledge too the encouragement and kindness so many people living with chronic illness and their caregivers have shared with us.


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Your tax exempt donation helps us  continue to support people living with movement disorders, their loved ones and caregivers.  Our program is run on a wing and a prayer - please help us fly.  Thank you!

Spirited Movement offers interfaith retreats, support and resources for people living with chronic illness and the people who care for them.

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