One year after the Parkinson’s Foundation awarded $500,000 in research grants to address critical unmet needs in Parkinson’s disease (PD), we check in with one of three of the researchers making a difference right now.
At the Parkinson’s Foundation, one of our goals is to raise Parkinson’s awareness and how the Foundation supports those living with the disease, as well as their loved ones. If you are familiar with Parkinson’s you probably know most of the items on this list, but we encourage you to share this article with someone who may not be familiar.
1. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.
Last week, the Parkinson’s Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation presented the 2018 Parkinson’s Advocacy Awards to six individuals. The awards shine a spotlight on efforts to further policies that benefit people with Parkinson's, their families and care partners. During the ceremony, which took place at the Parkinson's Policy Forum, advocates, scientists and a lawmaker were recognized for their service to the Parkinson's community.
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.
While the Parkinson’s Foundation is here for you year-round, every April we find new ways to engage our Parkinson’s community near and far to help us raise awareness during Parkinson’s Awareness Month.
Yesterday, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) joined nearly 300 people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), their families and other community members in Washington, D.C. to deliver a keynote address at the 2018 Parkinson’s Policy Forum. Parkinson’s is an important issue for the senator, whose late father lived with the disease for many years. During his speech, Sen. Booker discussed his family’s experience with PD, the need for robust Parkinson’ research funding and the importance of speaking up for what is right.
Most people associate Parkinson’s disease (PD) with tremors, a motor symptom. However, non-motor symptoms are common and can be more troublesome and disabling than motor symptoms. They can include cognitive changes, mood and sleep disorders, autonomic symptoms or weight loss.
March 12-18 is Brain Awareness Week. This year, the Parkinson’s Foundation, in collaboration with the Brain Donor Project, is working to shed light on the critical need for brain donation to advance Parkinson’s disease (PD) research.
The recent forecasting estimates for Parkinson’s disease (PD) 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 (Okun, 2013).
Parkinson’s disease (PD) can change the way a person walks. Movement Symptoms like stiff muscles, rigidity and slow movement 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.