The Parkinson’s Association’s interview with Linda Olson, age 66
PA: When were you diagnosed?
LO: February 2015
PA: What do you do for exercise?
LO: I ride a stationary bike, do floor exercises and work out at the Mission Valley YMCA.
PA: What is your favorite activity and why?
LO: My husband and I love to travel all over the world. Our favorite places are usually in the remote wilderness with beautiful scenery and solitude. When our children were at home many of our vacations were canoeing or kayaking in Canada or National parks.
PA: What else do you do for your MIND, MOVEMENT and MORALE?
LO: It is really important for me to get outdoors everyday. Even just sitting on the patio makes me feel better. I also love to read.
PA: How do you stay inspired to take care of yourself?
LO: I became a triple amputee at 29 so I’m used to eating carefully, exercising and trying hard to stay mobile. Missing three extremities has forced my husband and me to be creative in how we do things. When we can’t do something because of my limitations, we figure out a different way to do it or do something new to replace it.
PA: What are your worst symptoms, and what do you do to mitigate them?
LO: Anxiety – I practice deep breathing and relaxation. Nausea – I keep a small snack in my purse at all times. At home I have a stash of Pringles.