Managing Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a challenge for anyone who is touched by it and doing it well may require you and your loved ones to take on a variety of important tasks, from adjusting work or retirement lifestyles to committing to an appropriate exercise regimen. But none of these tasks is more important than finding the right doctor. The Parkinson’s Foundation strongly advises people with Parkinson’s to seek out a movement disorders specialist as the quarterback of their health care team. Learn more about the importance of Seeking Out a Specialist with this fact sheet.
Regular visits to the dentist are important for all of us. For a person with Parkinson’s disease (PD), dental care is particularly critical as PD can impact the health of the mouth, teeth and jaw and make dental care challenging. Poor dental hygiene can affect nutrition and increase risk for stroke, cognitive impairment and weight loss. People of all ages with PD face similar challenges, but for those who are older, the problems can be especially serious.
Depression is one of the major, and most common, challenges for people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Everyone feels sad from time to time and it is normal to experience stress when faced with a difficult disease such as Parkinson’s. However, the sadness that is part of being human can become a significant problem if it crosses into the realm of clinical depression and is left untreated.
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.