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“Not only this day, but all month”

Dear Candace and Beauty Bus,

My husband lays sleeping on the living room sofa with a Beauty Bus smile on his face. A stupid person said you can’t repeat a good time – we say you can not only repeat it… you can surpass it! Impossible, no! But it takes a Lulu, a Patti and a Beauty Bus to make it happen.

As we anoint our bodies in precious oils, shimmer tubes and tropical dew Stan and I thank you for a new look – inside and out; your kindness and generosity is remembered not only for this day, but all month.

Best, Stan and Joanne

A little note, like a passing butterfly fluttering through the air, can change the way you see the world around you, if only for a short moment. Small, delicate, beautiful and so very remarkable. Thank you to all our volunteers for allowing our clients to see their world through your gifts. With a small gesture you have impacted the world.

Finding relief from Parkinson’s disease

Summer intern, Avalon, had the opportunity to join Beauty Professional Lynette on an in-home visit with client Ron and his caregiver and wife, Janice. What a special treat for everyone involved!

“I really enjoyed my visit with Ron and Janice yesterday! Ron surprised us all with his ability to sit for his manicure/pedicure for over an hour, a record for him. By the end of our time together, Ron’s hands and feet could not have looked more beautiful! I hope Janice continues to feel better as she recovers from her recent surgery. Ron and Janice, you make a great team!” ~Avalon

Symptoms and signs of Parkinson’s disease vary with each individual and may include:

  • Tremor. Usually staring in the limbs, often hand or fingers, one may notice a “pill-rolling tremor” characterized by a running of the thumb and forefinger. A tremor in the hand while it is relaxed or at rest is also characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Slowed movement (bradykinesia). Reduced and slowed movement affects an individual’s ability to

    complete simple tasks in a typical the time frame of an unaffected individual. For example, shorter steps when walking, difficulty standing up from a sitting position, or a feeling of “sticky feet” are common.

  • Rigid muscles. Range of motion can become limited and create pain and stiffness in different parts of the body.
  • Impaired posture and balance. Posture becomes stooped and problems with balance can occur.
  • Loss of automatic movements. Unconscious actions such as blinking, smiling or moving your arms while walking may be decreased, as well as gesturing.
  • Speech changes. Speech may become softened, slurred, hesitant or quickened as a result of Parkinson’s disease. Inflections during speech decrease as well as speech becomes more monotone.
  • Writing changes. Difficulty writing and smaller writing can occur.

In-home visits can be a welcomed relief for people living with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. Our visit offers time to enjoy the soothing touch of a manicure or pedicure and can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for someone affected by Parkinson’s disease. As Avalon noted, Ron was able to sit without movement for an hour! How wonderful for both Ron and Janice to find a few moments of stillness and peace, something that we all search for and require to bring renewal to each day.