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Welcome to the National Parkinson Foundation's blog, where you can keep up-to-date on the latest research, read about what's hot in the Parkinson's community, learn caregiving tips and more.

Tips for Daily Living: 6 Psychotherapy and Counseling Myths, Debunked

Date: 
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

In Mood: A Mind's Guide to Parkinson’s, the newest educational book from the Parkinson’s Foundation, we explore mood changes associated with Parkinson’s disease (PD), why people with Parkinson’s might experience these changes and how to treat and cope with them.

Center of Excellence Series: Duke University Medical Center’s Durable Medical Equipment Program

Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Miriam* stopped using her cane. It was beat up, falling apart and wasn’t helping her manage her Parkinson’s disease (PD) symptoms. Medicare told her she had to wait to qualify for a new one.

Caregiver Corner: How to Manage Stress as a Parkinson’s Caregiver

Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017
Author: 
Honor

Learning to take the best care of yourself is caregiver job #1. When you’re a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver, life seems like an endless list of things to do with never enough time to do them. Every day can feel like it goes by in 10 minutes — and lasts two weeks.

Tips for Daily Living: Preparing for Spring with Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Friday, March 17, 2017
Author: 
Annie Wallis, MSW, LSW

As winter melts into spring, you may be realizing that your exercise routine suffered through the cold season. You probably already know that exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Centers of Excellence Series: The “Strive to Thrive” Workshop at Oregon Health & Science University Parkinson Center

Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

One of the powerful concepts to emerge in healthcare over the past decade is health confidence. Health confidence is the confidence that you can control and manage most of your health problems, according to Dartmouth College health policy professor John Wasson. People with high health confidence are significantly less likely to be hospitalized long-term, fear their medication or feel like they were harmed by their disease versus similar people with low confidence.

What's Hot in PD? Tips Every Parkinson’s Patient Who is Considering Stem Cell Transplantion Should Consider

Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Hope is something that is critical for everyone living with Parkinson’s disease.Hope for improvement in symptoms. Hope for a better life. Hope for a treatment that may one day arrest disease progression or even deliver a cure. We should embrace hope, but we should also protect everyone living with Parkinson’s disease and their family members from emotionally as well as financially draining opportunities which may overpromise and under-deliver.

Centers of Excellence Series: Tel Aviv Movement Disorders Center Staff Sex Therapist

Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

“Sexual health is the fundamental right of each person to enjoy and control his/her sexual and reproductive behavior in accordance with social and personal ethics,” states the World Health Organization, 2004. The Tel Aviv movement disorders center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence believes in helping their patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in all facets of life, including sexual health.

Centers of Excellence Series: Struthers Parkinson's Center’s “Medications on Time” Program

Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Author: 
National Parkinson Foundation

Three out of four people with Parkinson's disease (PD) do not get their medications on time when hospitalized, according to a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) research study. As a result, 61 percent of those patients develop serious complications. In 2011, the Struthers Parkinson's Center, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, decided to change these statistics.

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