Mentor Blog

Talking to a Stranger

Is it uncomfortable to have a call with a mentor who you do not know? There are two sides to this question so, the answer is, “It depends.” On one hand, chatting with a supportive friend or family member may be easy, however the downside is you may not...

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Gratitude

We hear, almost daily, about gratitude. The mentors are grateful for you. They are grateful they can help you with your Parkinson’s journey, and they are grateful for the joy and satisfaction they get from their conversations with you. And we hear from you, the...

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Why the Mentors Do It

There is a saying in education that if the student learns ten things, then the teacher learns one hundred things. The PASD mentors have stepped up for a variety of reasons but the overriding theme, when asking a mentor, “Why do you do it?” is a desire to...

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“You are not alone.”

A few years ago we created a short video about the PASD Good Start Program and our beloved board member, Kathy Bruyere, who passed in 2020 and was a long-time care partner for her husband who had Parkinson’s, summed it up in one sentence: “You cannot do it...

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Solve a Crisis by Preventing It

When Should You Call a Mentor? At a meeting last week of Parkinson’s support group leaders, the topic came up of when to call a mentor. At the onset, the answer to this question looks easy: “Whenever you need help.” But as the discussion continued,...

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The Mentor’s Role

When we created the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego Mentor Program, the goal was simple: to give our Parkinson’s community a team of people to talk to. Often, as humans, we believe we are strong; that we can do anything; that we can succeed on our...

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IT’S LIVE! Your PASD Mentor Program

If you are newly diagnosed, or have been living with Parkinson’s for years, or if you are a care partner for someone with Parkinson’s and you need someone to talk to, the PASD mentors are ready for you. Here’s How It Works Step one is to identify a mentor....

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