My 35-year-old husband has Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD). It sucks. I’m often asked, “How’s Todd?” or “How’s your husband’s health?” or “Is Todd staying healthy?” Thank you for asking about my husband. I’m happy to say he’s doing pretty darn good, considering he has a progressive neurological disease and we don’t know what the future holds. No, he does not have dementia, a question I was asked last week. Yes, we are planning to stay in our two-story house for a while.
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A French group presented data at the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders in Berlin Germany last month. Their results suggested a strong link between farming, pesticides and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Sofiane Kab and her colleagues demonstrated that living in rural French regions with more crops was a high risk for the later developing Parkinson’s. The authors noted that these are typically regions where vineyards are located.
Summer is the time for long drives, late sunsets and the outdoors. However, direct and prolonged exposure to the summer sun can also result in sunburns and over time, skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and it is even more of a threat for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) because they have a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is preventable. Taking proper precautions and knowing what to look for can save your life.
Every year, NPF hosts the Centers of Excellence Leadership Conference, where leaders from our 41 Centers of Excellence — medical centers located around the world with leading Parkinson's specialists — attend and present their cutting-edge research and expert care findings. Dr.
The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is hosting the Caregiver Summit in Portland, OR, on Monday, September 19, the day before the World Parkinson Congress. The Summit will bring caregivers together to share experiences and everyday strategies for living and coping with the complex problems that arise from Parkinson's disease (PD). Need more reasons to join us?
Since our founding in 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has had the privilege of working with legends such as Nathan Slewett, Dick Clark, Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller. This week, we are saddened by the death of another legend: our former spokesperson Muhammad Ali. Recent news coverage has recognized his iconic achievements, and we would like to add our voice to share what Muhammad Ali and his family meant to our organization.
We are blessed to have the National Parkinson Foundation’s terrific free 1-800-4PD-INFO Helpline staffed by nurses and social workers with experience in the field. Recently, many people have called the Helpline after seeing a video declaring focused ultrasound therapy as “the scalpel-less cure for Parkinson’s disease.” The Helpline staff thought it important to objectively explore this therapy and discuss whether it is indeed a scalpel-less cure.
NPF honors all Dad’s this Father’s Day, and it’s part of the reason we want to help you find the perfect gift. While each person with Parkinson’s has individualized symptoms and a different rate of PD progression, NPF hopes that at least one gift on this list can bring happiness to a person you know with PD.
What occupies you? Occupation is defined as the activity that occupies your time. This doesn’t necessarily mean your job; it includes all the activities that make up your day, from getting dressed and preparing meals to gardening or playing cards with friends. The goal of occupational therapy is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Continued participation in meaningful occupations (work, leisure, and self-care) keeps your well-being balanced.
In August 2015, an unlikely, unofficial alliance was formed. One e-mail led the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), LAN Airlines and the Chilean Consulate General to work together. Through shared determination they ended up making lives better for more than 200 people with Parkinson’s in Chile.