InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility
Data released today from the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who start exercising earlier experience a significant slower decline in quality of life than those who start later. The study is being presented today by NPF researchers at the 19th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in San Diego, CA.
The JCC is teaming up with the National Parkinson Foundation Center for Excellence, which awarded the grant, and Georgetown University Hospital, to offer classes for both those who have Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers.
University of Florida researchers have identified a biomarker that shows the progression of Parkinson’s disease in the brain, opening the door to better diagnosis and treatment of the degenerative disease.
The link between Parkinson’s disease and depression is well-established. Many Parkinson’s patients also suffer from clinical depression, and most people diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease report experiencing mild or moderate depressive symptoms at some point, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
People with a history of depression seem to have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a large new study reports, adding to the growing body of research linking the two conditions.
John Somerville, a retired fire chief, died on Jan. 7, 2015 at the age of 62 after a seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His wife, Donna Gelabert-Somerville started a charity under the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for firefighters with Parkinson’s. The proceeds will go to John’s doctor, Dr. Carlos Singer at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
This article from Everyday Health highlights data from NPF's Parkinson's Outcomes Project showing that mood, depression andanxiety have the greatest effect on quality of life for people with Parkinson's.
Nashville-based country music artist, Doug Briney and the National Parkinson Foundation have partnered for the release of Briney's "Parkinson's Song." Briney will donate a portion of the single's sales to the organization, and he will perform at live events, benefiting Parkinson's. "Parkinson's Song" was written by Briney and Howie Garoutte, a Parkinson's survivor.
In 1998, Dr. Philip A. Starr started putting electrodes in people’s brains. A neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Starr was treating people with Parkinson’s disease, which slowly destroys essential bits of brain tissue, robbing people of control of their bodies. At first, drugs had given his patients some relief, but now they needed more help.
"Once ignited, Parkinson’s can take time (up to years) to reveal itself. Symptoms occur, apparently, after a majority of cells in a part of the midbrain stop doing their job. They no longer produce enough of a vital chemical transmitter, dopamine. Dopamine inside and outside the brain speeds messages between neurons, allowing coordinated function of the body’s muscles."