Brain Mind Research Institute, Camperdown, NSW

Today was an interesting day.  I went with Frank to a Parkinson Disease mind training workshop he is participating in at the University of Sydney.  They are also doing lots of research on depression and aging, effects of sleep apnea on cognition and other important works.  I learned a lot about the history of diagnosis, symptoms and progression of the disease, medications, trial treatments and what they are trying to do with their research study.  Dr. Simon Lewis gave a wonderful lecture that helped me understand how a person given this diagnosis begins to navigate medications and balance well-being.  It was very interesting.  Of course, Frank sat in the front row, like a good student does, and had the opportunity to ask the researcher many questions and test out some of his theories with him.  If you know Frank, you know he always has a theory - or 10!  His courage in facing the disease and his regimented approach to exercise, including daily training at the gym, bi-weekly or more swims at the beach and his unrelenting attention to completing research goals are awe-inspiring.  Other than that I did some reading (just for fun!) and acted as chauffeur, which is an entertaining and exhilarating thing to do on the 'wrong' side of the street!   Wish I had a picture of that to share!

Grandpa Ed, I found a mermaid!  She looks distraught...

Grandpa Ed, I found a mermaid!  She looks distraught...