InspirFit offers PD programs designed to increase or maintain the physical well-being of participants. The foundation provides a grant to the program.
Chicago Tribune: Parkinson's Patients Find Help at Willowbrook Fitness Facility
The link between Parkinson’s disease and depression is well-established. Many Parkinson’s patients also suffer from clinical depression, and most people diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease report experiencing mild or moderate depressive symptoms at some point, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation.
John Somerville, a retired fire chief, died on Jan. 7, 2015 at the age of 62 after a seven-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. His wife, Donna Gelabert-Somerville started a charity under the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for firefighters with Parkinson’s. The proceeds will go to John’s doctor, Dr. Carlos Singer at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
This article from Everyday Health highlights data from NPF's Parkinson's Outcomes Project showing that mood, depression andanxiety have the greatest effect on quality of life for people with Parkinson's.
Nashville-based country music artist, Doug Briney and the National Parkinson Foundation have partnered for the release of Briney's "Parkinson's Song." Briney will donate a portion of the single's sales to the organization, and he will perform at live events, benefiting Parkinson's. "Parkinson's Song" was written by Briney and Howie Garoutte, a Parkinson's survivor.
In 1998, Dr. Philip A. Starr started putting electrodes in people’s brains. A neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Starr was treating people with Parkinson’s disease, which slowly destroys essential bits of brain tissue, robbing people of control of their bodies. At first, drugs had given his patients some relief, but now they needed more help.
"Once ignited, Parkinson’s can take time (up to years) to reveal itself. Symptoms occur, apparently, after a majority of cells in a part of the midbrain stop doing their job. They no longer produce enough of a vital chemical transmitter, dopamine. Dopamine inside and outside the brain speeds messages between neurons, allowing coordinated function of the body’s muscles."
"April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so we rounded up the 20 best online resources for you to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and awareness. A condition with no cure or treatment to stop its progression, Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"Parkinson's Disease can be overwhelming physically, emotionally and mentally. The National Parkinson's Foundation of Western New York wants you to know there is help and there is hope."
It was more than three years ago when Lisa Garvey's right hand stopped listening to her. "My writing was bad, my typing was bad," she said. "I couldn't make it do what I wanted. I had a kind of a tremor, too. I couldn't eat with chopsticks.
April is Parkinson's Awareness Month. The National Parkinson Foundation urges health professionals to educate patients on the condition and to help seniors experiencing the symptoms. Spreading awareness of how the disease is developed and its impact on patients of all ages has potential to help seniors with the condition as well as their caregivers.