created at: 2011-10-12Our September Parkinson’s Education, Networking, and Support group was a resounding success, measured in part by the group’s spontaneous applause at its conclusion. Kristen Pufahl, Registered Dietitian for Nutrition Services, and Nancy Mazonson, Director of Parkinson’s Family Support, “cooked up” a plan for discussing food-related challenges that can be difficult or embarrassing to discuss in a group setting.

Called “Parkinson’s: Food for Thought” the facilitators used vignettes that reflect real-life food-related stories and challenges people with Parkinson’s and care partners commonly face. The vignettes helped participants open up in front of peers and therefore normalize their experiences.

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