I mix elements of dance – rhythm and music, imagery, a range of physical qualities, mental stimulation and challenge, the joy of moving – with coping strategies I have developed to thwart my own PD. I add in some encouragement, explanation and fun – all toward the goal of helping people manage their situation while living life to the fullest extent possible.
I am a PD coach.
QUOTES ABOUT PAMELA QUINN
FROM THE NOTEWORTHY BOOK ON PD
BY BBC AND PBS SCIENCE JOURNALIST, JON PALFREMAN
“Quinn might not have known it at the time, but what she was doing – this “tricking” of her body – fit with the latest neuroscientific thinking about the basal ganglia.”
“Pamela Quinn is certainly an outlier, with a slowly progressing form of the disease. But we can all learn from her … As she puts it, “We must treat the mind as a muscle; it needs to be strengthened and made flexible just as much as our legs and core muscles.”
“By combining the scientific insights of researchers studying neurochemistry and neurophysiology with the personal experiences of patients like Pam, I was beginning to get a deeper understanding of what had befallen me and the challenges I would face down the road.”
(co-winner of World Parkinson video competition, 2010)