Parkinson's Today Blog

COVID-19 and Parkinson’s Hospitalization Tips: Discussing Advanced Directives

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Parkinson's Foundation

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).

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Tips for Daily Living

How to Openly Discuss Suicide and Parkinson’s

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Parkinson's Foundation

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.

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Raise Awareness

Extreme Weather Emergency Preparedness

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Parkinson's Foundation

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:

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Tips for Daily Living

Dr. Michael Okun Shares Top Tips from Living with Parkinson’s Disease: A Complete Guide for Patients and Caregivers!

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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. 

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Tips for Daily Living

Answering the Top Care Partner Questions About Mental Health

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Parkinson's Foundation

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act,” according to the Centers of Disease Control. When it comes to living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) ― in any stage ― or caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s, it can become difficult to manage and maintain your optimal mental health.

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Caregiver Corner

What Happens in the Vagus Nerve: The PD Gut-Brain Connection

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Parkinson's Foundation

The gut-brain relationship is real. Stomach or intestinal distress can lead to anxiety or depression. However, those gut-brain connections go much further: evidence from recent studies strongly suggest a link between the gut (the gastrointestinal system) and Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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Science News
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