Being diagnosed with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s can lead to an entirely different way of life for both patient and caregiver. Those diagnosed, may experience slight tremors in the hands or limbs, which may signal the first sign of the disease. Over time, motions may become limited and speech may soften or become less pronounced. Husbands, wives, children and friends often become the caregivers – tending to their loved ones needs, but sometimes forgetting that they too need to be cared for. If you, or someone you love, is diagnosed with a movement disorder it’s important to get the support you need before the disease starts to affect your quality of life. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, read on to learn about opportunities within your community that will empower you to fight back against movement disorders. By Michael Silverman, Director of Rehabilitation and Wellness at Northern Westchester Hospital’s (NWH) Chappaqua Crossing.
She was small in stature but massive in influence. With only an elementary-level education, she had an endless pool of wisdom from which to draw. She was my first and most powerful example of generosity, and yet to a less discerning eye, it may seem she didn’t have much to give.
She, was my grandmother, Mabel Edwards, and she had strongly-held beliefs about giving. “It is better to give than to receive,” she would say. I also fondly remember her empowering words, “Everyone has something to give.”
But many of us are intensely conflicted about giving. To whom do I give? How much do I give? Will my contribution be enough to have an impact? The needs are endless and our capacity to give surely has boundaries. The opportunities to give are numerous, sometimes paralyzing us with choices. Therein lies the conflict.
On Thursday, September 27, I will join my healthcare colleagues at the Healthcare Reform Summit. The topic of healthcare reform is one of great interest and much deserved conversation. I have the privilege of discussing ways in which employers can reduce healthcare costs—a very timely and important topic for all employers throughout the greater Westchester region. I’ll be joining panelists from IBM, Greenberg Traurig and UnitedHealthcare.