The 2018 Parkinson’s Policy Forum is just around the corner, and advocates from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress and educate them on the ways public policy impacts Parkinson’s disease (PD) research and care.
Rush University Medical Center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence, is not only on the front lines of PD-related cognitive research, but is actively hosting life-changing programs targeting these non-motor, and in particular, cognitive and behavioral symptoms.
According to National Medical Advisor Michael S. Okun, MD, the recent forecasting estimates for Parkinson’s disease are staggering. If accurate, the numbers suggest an urgent need to wake up and recognize that we are on the cusp of an emerging pandemic.
Parkinson’s disease can change the way a person walks. Movement symptoms can make it harder to take normal steps. In fact, short, shuffling steps are a common sign of PD, as is freezing, the feeling that your feet are stuck to the floor, for people with mid-stage to advanced PD.
Since 2011, the Parkinson’s Foundation has worked with the Parkinson’s community to address Medicare challenges related to services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy. Now, the Parkinson’s community can celebrate the next milestone in access to care for Medicare recipients.
Establishing your estate plan can be likened to committing to healthy eating. You know that it will benefit your health and quality of life as soon as you commit to it, but revving up can feel like an impossible job.
Choosing to eat healthy foods can improve Parkinson’s symptoms. Some research suggests that sound nutritional choices could have disease-modifying effects, meaning that they could potentially slow PD progression. Learn about the small adjustments you can make, starting now.
Parkinson’s disease specialists have long debated the potential value of Parkinson’s-specific physical therapy. We review a recent paper that provides insight and data for whether people with Parkinson’s should begin or continue specialized physiotherapy.