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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Parkinson's Disease Olympics

I've been watching the Olympics and cheering for my home team, but because of this blog, I feel like I have Parkie cousins in 119 different countries, so I have been excited for everyone who wins, no matter where they live. 

The Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place right after the Olympics, so I got to thinking about a Parkinson's Olympics and what kind of events we could have. These are my humorous suggestions.

Synchronized Trembling - two or more people trying to shake simultaneously

Vault - best form for jumping out of bed when your leg cramps in the middle of the night

Diving - keeping stiff as a board while falling off platform

Unbalanced Bars - see who walks straightest after visiting several bars

Simon says Freeze - we have no problems "sticking" our landings

Rhythmic Dyskinesia - artistically timed to music

Sleep Wrestling - best performance of acting out dreams

Soda Shot - whose can of shaken soda sprays the farthest when opened

Floor exercises - who can get up off the floor fastest

Taekwan-slow - artistic movements in extremely slow motion

Bad-mitten - trying to put shaped objects in matching holes (3 hour time limit)

Sculpture - best impersonation of a statue

Flailing - most erratic arm movements when walking

Lurch - most uneven gait

Parkie Waddle - best impersonation of  a Penguin

This could be our medal:

So perfect are you .... so unlike any other

Snowflake - one of a kind

"Parkies are like snowflakes, we are all unique and all beautiful." Quote from my friend Shirley. 


  1. In checking the list I believe I could win GOLD in the "Sleep Wrestling - best performance of acting out dreams"

    Nicely done Bev! Brought a smile to my face reading them.

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  3. Diving is the thing for me. I am so often stiff as a door that i could say it is my favorite 'me'.

  4. As always your brain was working, you had great ideas. Sign me up in the tall people section. LOVE YOU MUCH MOM