Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Ronald Pfeiffer, MD
Oregon Health and Sciences University, OHSU Parkinson Center, Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence
It is estimated that at least 50 percent of people living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) experience depression at some time during the course of their disease. The Parkinson’s Foundation Parkinson’s Outcomes Project found that together, mood, depression and anxiety have the greatest impact on health status, even more than the motor impairments commonly associated with the disease. The persistent sadness and hopelessness that accompanies depression make the challenges of living with PD even greater. The good news is that depression is a Parkinson’s symptoms that can be controlled.
Every year, the top Parkinson’s experts from around the world who treat people with Parkinson’s at a Parkinson’s Foundation-designated Center of Excellence (a department or clinic within a hospital that specializes in PD) convene to discuss the latest Parkinson’s research and treatments. This article summarizes the 2018 Center Leadership Conference presentation on art therapy led by art therapist and consultant Kimberly Faulkner, ART-BC, LCAT.