For one million Americans living with Parkinson’s’ Disease (PD), social life isn’t necessarily part of a routine plan. After all, this disease takes a toll, not only on the individuals who suffer from it, but also on their families and friends. PD is a neurodegenerative disease with increasing motor disabilities – where dealing with tremors, imbalance, and stiffness, seem to make (social) life less appealing.
Overshadowed by the more well-known Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the town of Oruro, Bolivia hosts its own lively event each February. Over 100,000 people come each year for the festivities. Carnaval in Bolivia is an annual “communal celebration of life” which happens right before the Catholic season of Lent. This time also happens to line up with the seasonal celebration of the awakening of new life; when Bolivia’s altiplano turns from brown to green.