Living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be challenging. It can become even more challenging when you or a loved one experiences digestive issues, such as constipation, cramping and bloating. Constipation and digestive issues are very common among people with Parkinson’s disease. They can be caused both by the disease itself and by the medications used to treat it. The good news is that you can do something about it. There are steps that people with Parkinson’s disease can take to ease the symptoms of constipation or sometimes prevent it.
The Parkinson’s Foundation Center Leadership Conference is a private conference held for the foundation’s Centers of Excellence network. All 42 centers come together to discuss in-network updates, cutting edge research and the latest Parkinson’s topics. The conference fosters new ideas and collaboration among center representatives —the Parkinson’s clinicians, scientists and researchers who strengthen our global Parkinson’s Foundation center network.
Today we mourn the loss of two prominent figures in the history of the Parkinson's Foundation: Harold P. Kravitz, Esq. and his daughter, the Honorable Shelley J. Kravitz.
The Parkinson’s Foundation mourns the loss of Robert Burke, MD, professor of Neurology at Columbia University, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence. He was a former member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) Scientific Advisory Board and led the PDF Research Center at Columbia.
It is often said that Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a family affair. Among those impacted are children of all ages, from young children to teenagers to young adults. Children have unique needs when it comes to coping with Parkinson’s in the family. In cases in which a parent lives with the disease, the impact on a child will be of particular concern. But in any family where a close member has been diagnosed, children have concerns that can and should be addressed. The good news is that children often adjust well to a loved one’s diagnosis of PD.
Why do some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) find themselves experiencing reduced interest, motivation or enthusiasm in their lives? It could be apathy. In Parkinson’s disease, the same changes in brain chemistry that give rise to movement symptoms can also affect a person’s mood, energy, and motivation.
How to be an advocate:
- Keep yourself educated and informed about Parkinson's disease.
- Give a speech. It does not have to be fancy. Just tell your story!
- Organize a fundraiser. People like to help with worthy causes.
- Get involved with a support group.
- Start a Parkinson’s support group if there is not one in your area.
- Most importantly, do not hide — and never, ever be ashamed of your battle with Parkinson’s disease.
For all of us, a balanced diet is a foundation of good health. For people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a balanced diet and good nutrition are even more important. In Parkinson’s, there are some foods that may help to ease symptoms, and others that can affect the way medications work. There are also foods that may help brain health in general. The good news is this: while there are many things about PD that cannot be changed, the informed choice of diet is one that can, helping people to live better with the disease.
Moving Day is more than just a walk. It raises awareness and funds to improve the lives of people living with Parkinson’s disease and advance toward a cure. This inspiring event brings together people of all ages and abilities for family-friendly fun and activities. Moving Day highlights movement and exercise as symbols of hope and progress because of their essential role in treating Parkinson’s disease. Take part in a variety of movement activities such as yoga, Tai Chi, boxing, dance, and much more. Whether you are part of a team or join as an individual, you’ll get a chance to move with hundreds of supporters who share a common goal – to help beat Parkinson’s. Register today!
Day-of registration will open at 8:30 AM and end at 11:00 AM, booths will open at 8:30 AM and stay open until 1:00 PM, and the walk "rolling" start will occur between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM.
For more information, visit www.unitywalk.org.