It is often said that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a family affair. Among those impacted are children of all ages, from young children to teenagers to young adults. Children have unique needs when it comes to coping with Parkinson’s in the family. In cases in which a parent lives with the disease, the impact on a child will be of particular concern. But in any family where a close member has been diagnosed, children have concerns that can and should be addressed. The good news is that children often adjust well to a loved one’s diagnosis of PD.
Why do some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) find themselves experiencing reduced interest, motivation or enthusiasm in their lives? It could be apathy. In Parkinson’s disease, the same changes in brain chemistry that give rise to movement symptoms can also affect a person’s mood, energy, and motivation.
How to be an advocate:
- Keep yourself educated and informed about Parkinson's disease.
- Give a speech. It does not have to be fancy. Just tell your story!
- Organize a fundraiser. People like to help with worthy causes.
- Get involved with a support group.
- Start a Parkinson’s support group if there is not one in your area.
- Most importantly, do not hide — and never, ever be ashamed of your battle with Parkinson’s disease.
For all of us, a balanced diet is a foundation of good health. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a balanced diet and good nutrition are even more important. In Parkinson’s, there are some foods that may help to ease symptoms, and others that can affect the way medications work. There are also foods that may help brain health in general. The good news is this: while there are many things about PD that cannot be changed, the informed choice of diet is one that can, helping people to live better with the disease.
Moving Day is more than just a walk. It raises awareness and funds to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease and advance toward a cure. This inspiring event brings together people of all ages and abilities for family-friendly fun and activities. Moving Day highlights movement and exercise as symbols of hope and progress because of their essential role in treating Parkinson’s disease. Take part in a variety of movement activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, boxing, dance, and much more. Whether you are part of a team or join as an individual, you’ll get a chance to move with hundreds of supporters who share a common goal – to help beat Parkinson’s. Register today!
Dr. Colum MacKinnon of University of Minnesota Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson’s disease will present on the benefits of exercise in Parkinson’s he has seen first hand in his research lab.
Marie Walde-Douglas, Physical Therapist at Struthers Parkinson’s Center, will present Mind and Body Connections. She will provide interactive opportunities to try breathwork, stretching and other ideas to reduce stress.
An attorney from Maser|Amundson|Boggio|Hendricks will share key information to help you feel prepared for the future; including financial and legal documents.
9:45am Check in
Join thousands of members of the Parkinson's community as we walk together in New York's Central Park to raise funds and awareness for PD research!
Day-of registration will open at 8:30 AM and end at 11:00 AM, booths will open at 8:30 AM and stay open until 1:00 PM, and the walk "rolling" start will occur between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
For more information, visit www.unitywalk.org.
Moving Day® is an annual fundraising walk event hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities both large and small in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement features a family friendly walk course, a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, etc., all proven to help manage Parkinson’s symptoms. It is ‘A day to move, a day to move others, a day that moves YOU!’
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