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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: 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.

What's Hot in PD? Is DBS Plus a Viable Future Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease?

Date: 
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

Over the past two decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) has been extremely successful. It has been estimated that DBS has meaningfully helped tens of thousands of patients worldwide, improving tremor, dyskinesia, on-off fluctuations and several other Parkinson’s symptoms. DBS has however, fallen short in addressing disease progression issues including walking, talking and thinking.

Introducing the Centers of Excellence Series

Date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Author: 
Clarissa Martinez-Rubio, PhD, NPF Director of Research & Centers Programs

Something resonated with me on my recent visit to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence (COE). As I listened to the Parkinson’s patients and caregivers panel, I was impressed to learn that everyone unanimously agreed on the vital importance of team care. From the movement disorder specialist to the nurse, everyone kept referring to “our” care plan. It was working.

Caregiver Corner: How to Make Your Self-Care and Health a Priority

Date: 
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Author: 
Honor

Learning how to take care of yourself early in your journey as a Parkinson’s disease (PD) caregiver is more important than you might think. If you’re feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, too stressed to think clearly, then you can’t be at your best, as a person or caregiver.

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