Now that flu season has arrived, the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline phones have been ringing off the hook. People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and family members want to know what is the safest way to address cough and cold symptoms. In this month’s What’s Hot in PD? column we discuss the topic and provide some practical tips for taking over the counter medications.
If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), or know someone who does, you likely know that PD affects dopamine levels in the brain. But did you know that PD also alters serotonin, norepinephrine and acetylcholine levels? All are chemicals in the brain that affect mood, thinking and behavior.
“The experience of living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is unique to each individual. We really strive to listen to our patients, caregivers, families, providers and the community in creating an all-encompassing supportive services program that helps people to adapt and live well with Parkinson’s across the continuum and at all stages of the disease,” said Amy Lemen, MA, LCSW. “One size does not fit all in Parkinson’s care.
Does summer have you thinking about traveling somewhere new or enjoying the great outdoors? Follow these tips on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and travel, sun safety and heat exhaustion:
Vacations are a big part of living well. Many people choose to travel during summer, but with Parkinson’s there are some extra things to consider before hitting the road. These tips can help you stay safe while you travel:
Nutrition plays a very important role in the management of Parkinson’s disease (PD). People with PD may experience constipation, food-medication interactions, difficulty swallowing and weight loss. Establishing and maintaining good eating habits can help manage these issues and improve overall well-being while navigating Parkinson’s.
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.
Summer is the time for long drives, late sunsets and the outdoors. However, direct and prolonged exposure to the summer sun can also result in sunburns and over time, skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. and it is even more of a threat for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) because they have a higher risk of developing malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is preventable. Taking proper precautions and knowing what to look for can save your life.