Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Positive Spin: Creativity and PD

We all appreciate the headlines that help us understand PD symptoms and side effects. But we also find it refreshing to see last week's selection of stories covering ways to take charge of PD with creativity.

Victoria Tane featured in the 2013 Creativity & Parkinson's Calendar

The Science Behind the Spin
Last Thursday, we saw a review published on, "The Awakening of Artistic Creativity and Parkinson's" by Rivka Inzelberg, M.D., in Behavior Neuroscience.  Dr. Inzelberg looked at more than 10 studies investigating, "the ability to produce innovative aesthetic works" in people living with Parkinson's.  She found that:

  • People with PD who are not already artistic, may became so when treated with certain PD drugs,­ namely dopamine agonists and levodopa. 
  • Creativity could be used by occupational therapists as a method to help people with PD.
  • The relationship between PD treatments and creativity may help to scientists to understand artistic creativity generally.

The People Behind the Project
In second headline, we saw a real life example of creativity and PD. PDF's own Creativity and Parkinson's Project artist, Victoria Tane, was profiled in a Union Leader article you can read here.  Victoria was diagnosed with PD in 2010.  As an artist and jewelry maker since the 1980s, she has found her creativity a positive way to cope with PD. Victoria's jewelry, "Bits and Pieces ­- Six Geometric Bracelets," was chosen as the featured work of art for the month of February, in PDF's annual wall calendar. The calendar is a part of PDF's Creativity & Parkinson's Project which exists to explore, support and encourage the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson's.

The One Day Vote
As part of our annual T-Shirt Design Contest, PDF unveiled our five finalist designs. All were created by people living with Parkinson's or loved ones. The winning design will be featured on a t-shirt worn by thousands during April, Parkinson's Awareness Month.

What Next?
If these stories resonate with you:

We hope you enjoyed these stories as much as we did. As Victoria Tane says, "Being an artist is part of the respite, the refuge and the reason that I am able to deal with Parkinson's disease in a pretty positive way."

We think that sums it up pretty well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If creativity brings one joy and eases the burden of our everyday journey, I say, "Let's all take art classes!"