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York Man Featured in Parkinsonís Charity calendar

Paul Basehore of York is one of 13 artists whose work was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2012 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. His wood bracelets are featured in the month of October.

Basehore, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2000, retired after a 30-year career in high-tech engineering in the semiconductor and artificial intelligence fields.

He remains active by occasionally teaching engineering classes at York Technical College and pursuing hobbies such as woodworking, which he began to focus on more after his diagnosis.

His website, SunnywoodStudios.com, features photographs of his hand crafted gifts, which range from toys and furniture that he designed for his grandchildren, to necklaces and earrings.

“The whole exercise of woodworking is really useful and therapeutic for me because it keeps my mind busy and encourages me to work with my hands and stay physically active,” he said. “If you can keep the mind and the body active, it definitely helps overcome some of the challenges of living with Parkinson’s disease.”

More than 300 other people with Parkinson’s have participated in PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, which encourages those living with Parkinson’s to explore their creativity and its potentially beneficial effects.

Basehore’s jewelry was chosen among these individuals to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.

“I’m proud that my work was selected for the calendar. More importantly, it is encouraging for people with Parkinson’s to see that other people living with the same challenges they face are able to still do fun activities and also creatively exercise their minds,” he said.

Robin Elliott, executive director of the foundation, said the work featured in the calendar inspires those affected by Parkinson’s who are looking not only for information, but also for hope.

“At PDF, we are hopeful that by creating a space for Mr. Basehore’s works and those of other people living with Parkinson’s, we can begin a conversation about the reports of beneficial effects of creativity,” Elliott said.

Those interested in learning more about Basehore’s artwork may contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org, or visiting www.pdf.org/creativity.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy.

Source Date: Sep 13 2012