The Parkinson’s Foundation is dedicated to helping keep our Parkinson’s disease (PD) community safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted so many of our daily routines. Access to gyms and exercise classes have been limited or entirely inaccessible. In-person gatherings are no longer encouraged. Even certain nutritious food items have been harder to find.
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For many, it is embarrassing to bring up taboo topics with your doctor ― from sexual dysfunction to incontinence. However, when it comes to living with Parkinson’s disease (PD), sometimes these topics can be connected to the disease itself or side effects to PD medications.
No topic should be considered off limits to discuss with your healthcare team. The more we normalize and bring awareness to these issues, the less taboo they become. Scroll down to view some of these topics and their connection to Parkinson's, or click to jump straight to a specific topic.
There are many factors to consider when a trip to the hospital is necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. One important suggestion we have heard from our Parkinson’s disease (PD) community is to make sure to update your Advanced Directives if you have not already. This includes your health care power of attorney (or health care surrogate).
From a person newly diagnosed who feels a heavy dread from their uncertain future to someone distraught about their changing abilities, the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline occasionally receives calls from people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experiencing a level of despair that has become unbearable.
Preparing for extreme weather is a burden for anyone in the path of a storm or fire. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their caregivers should take these tips into consideration to ensure that all PD-related needs are accounted for when preparing for a hurricane or any other natural disaster:
Recently, worldwide Parkinson’s expert Michael Okun, MD, shared top tips from his book Living with Parkinson’s Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Caregivers, which is available now.
A lot of excitement has been generated in the Parkinson’s disease (PD) scientific community about the LRRK2 gene. While several genes are linked to developing PD, a LRRK2 gene mutation is one of the most common forms of genetic Parkinson’s.
With so many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) staying safe indoors, the Parkinson’s Foundation has launched resources articles and virtual programs designed to support the PD community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The average Young Onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) diagnosis comes around 50 years old, and these individuals often find themselves in a different stage of life from their counterparts who were diagnosed later in life.