singing out parkinson's...and more...

Summertime in Palm Springs tends to be a challenge as the temperatures are often above the 100 degree mark and the pavement seems hot enough to actually fry that egg people talk about.  All the things that are difficult in the winter – getting dressed, getting in vehicles, transferring from car to wheelchair to name a few – are made harder in the extreme heat. But, while that slows us down a bit here at the center, it surely doesn’t stop us. We crank the air down a few degrees and keep working on getting better. Classes are a bit smaller, the gym isn’t quite so crowded, lunch is served faster - all things that make your summer better.


And this summer, we are introducing something new to us. We are committed to stimulation of the brain offering therapeutics that stimulate memory, concentration, speech recovery, logic and expression. While much of this is critical to the recovery of deficits that have occurred with Stoke or TBI, working with other neurological disorders has opened our eyes to problems that may occur with both Parkinson’s sufferers and MS sufferers. While both may find some cognitive challenges, Parkinson’ patients may find expression and vocalization more difficult as the disease progresses. With all of this occurring, we have formed a partnership with the SongShine Foundation and will be hosting their therapists here at the Center to provide music therapy to those who may thrive in this milieu. Music therapy is well documented to help with memory stimulation.


With Parkinson’s, music therapy can help with projection and vocalization strength. For Stroke/TBI patients, singing may even assist apraxia patients giving them the “feel” for verbal expression to say nothing of the enjoyment and relaxation expressed by all participants. We hope to start the program in August – if you are interested, please give Colleen Todd a call @ 760-323-7676 ext. 109 and she can tell you more.


We are committed to offering a wide array of choices here at the center to find just the right combination of therapies to assist in recovery. Not all people will respond the same, not will all people enjoy the same therapies. Also, the most difficult thing is that improvement takes a very long time and the frustration and boredom factor can come into play, to say nothing of the apathy factor that is symptomatic of Parkinson’s. Count on us to try new and different things to keep you engaged and thriving.