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Deep Dive Conversations About 5 Common Non-Movement Parkinson’s Symptoms

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When it comes to Parkinson’s disease (PD), non-movement symptoms are often overlooked because they are not as visible as those of their movement counterparts. However, these symptoms can be just as challenging to everyday life. Learning the common signs can help you recognize and manage symptoms.

Explore our podcast episodes where we dive into non-movement symptoms. Each episode highlighted below strives to deepen your understanding of these symptoms, as well as offer strategies for managing them.

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Episode 151: Strategies to Address Apathy and Exercise Motivation

Apathy, a lack of interest or motivation, can be an issue for people with Parkinson’s and may interfere with daily activities, social interactions and overall well-being. Movement Disorders Neurologist, Nabila Dahodwala, MD, MS, Director at the University of Pennsylvania, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, explains the impact of apathy on daily life and shares strategies to help address it and find the motivation to exercise.


Episode 145: Treating Depression

Depression is often overlooked and undertreated, despite it being a common symptom of Parkinson’s. Veronica Bruno, MD, MPH, a neurologist specializing in movement disorders at the University of Calgary, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, discusses the importance of recognizing and treating depression.

Low Blood Pressure

Episode 144: How to Cope with Blood Pressure Fluctuations

Low blood pressure, also known as hypotension, can be dangerous if not treated. It may cause dizziness, fainting and falls, which can lead to fractures. Jeni Bednarek, RN, BSN, ACRP-CP, the team coordinator at Oregon Health and Science University, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, talks about how people with Parkinson’s can manage low blood pressure.


Episode 135: Feeling Nausea with Parkinson’s

Nausea, or the feeling of discomfort in the stomach, can sometimes be caused by Parkinson’s, or as a side effect of medications. Andrew Feigin, MD, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders at New York University Langone Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, discusses the causes of nausea, both from PD itself and from medication, and what people can do to help lessen or prevent it.

Sleep Disorders

Episode 121: Parkinson’s Disease and Sleep

Difficulty sleeping can impact your overall health and well-being. Dr. Aleksandar Videnovic of Harvard Medical School and Director of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, discusses the causes of sleep problems, including insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder and daytime sleepiness.

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