Being Your Own Caregiver

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Honor

"You know I don’t eat in public,” Pat Merryman said to Wanda Patton, who are both heavily involved in the Columbus, OH, Parkinson’s disease (PD) community. They know people in every exercise class and attend every educational program. Pat keeps the Parkinson’s Foundation Ohio program manager’s business card with her to hand them out at every event she attends. 

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Caregiver Corner

Hallucinations and Delusions in Parkinson’s Disease

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Erica Hornthal

It might be surprising to learn that 20 to 30 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) will experience visual hallucinations. While typically not a symptom of PD itself, they can develop as a result to a change in PD medication or as a symptom of an unrelated infection or illness. It is important to know the signs of hallucinations and how to manage them.   

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Research Round Up

Tips for Daily Living: Cognition: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson's Foundation

Tom manages his Parkinson's disease (PD) symptoms by staying active, eating right and working with his health care team. He recently admitted to his doctor that when his wife isn't home he sometimes forgets to take his medication. His doctor recommended setting an alarm and using a pill organizer.

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Tips for Daily Living

Tips for Daily Living: Psychosis: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson's Foundation

Eleanor was sitting at her friend Margaret’s house when she noticed a dog sniffing around the couch. She asked Margaret when she got the dog. Margaret said she didn’t have a dog. Eleanor realized she must be experiencing what her doctor warned her about when he increased her Parkinson’s disease (PD) medication dosage: hallucinations. She called her doctor that afternoon.

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Tips for Daily Living

Tips for Daily Living: Mood: A Mind Guide to Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson's Foundation

Before Miguel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) he often experienced anxiety. He retired early, but his anxiety would keep coming back, aggravating his tremor and making his thoughts race. His doctor started him on an antidepressant and referred him to a psychiatrist who taught Miguel coping skills, allowing him to better manage his anxiety. Miguel now lives a more normal life.

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Tips for Daily Living

Building a Parkinson’s Wellness Program: Step by Step

The Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative extends Parkinson’s care beyond the walls of the clinic. It uses a unique, medical-community partnership approach – pairing a Jewish Community Center (JCC) with a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence – to create inclusive, welcoming community hubs for people affected by Parkinson’s around the country. This video highlights how deeply impactful the program is for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

Caregiver Corner: Having a Voice When Speaking with Your Loved One’s Physicians

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Jane H Davis

My Parkinson’s spouse has many physicians, as PD has taken its toll on so much of his body. I go to most his medical appointments as I am his constant observer, and I am the one fighting for his health. I have decided to write about having a voice when speaking with physicians as I find this extremely important, not only for me to be aware, but most importantly for him to get the best care as possible.

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Caregiver Corner

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