Progressive diseases – especially those without a known cure – can be challenging for both the caregiver and the older adult living with them. Parkinson’s is one such disease—an illness that creates an endless supply of frustration, feelings of defeat and, yes, especially anger.
The Parkinson’s Foundation is offering a new online program – “Transforming Anger into Assertiveness” – to address these specific feelings and to teach anyone living with the disease how to best navigate these emotions.
“Anger is a complicated emotion that often gets a bad rap,” the organization writes, “but it can give us an opportunity to assert ourselves and acknowledge our worth as we manage our journey with Parkinson’s disease.”
Held on Monday, April 11 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. EDT, the free session will teach participants how “mindfulness, sound, and ancient and modern techniques can transmute that anger into positive action.”
The session is part of the foundation’s “Mindfulness Monday” series, a free virtual program covering a wide range of topics related to the disease, occurring every Monday at 1 p.m. ET and lasting 30 minutes each. At the end of each session, participants are invited to ask any questions about the subject matter.
The April 11 event will be led by Jacqueline Fitch, RYT-500, a yoga practitioner experienced in the integrative practice of Energy Medicine Yoga. Her teaching approaches the human body as a system of energy and uses yoga postures to activate each person’s natural healing ability.