Stanford Movement Disorder Fellow to talk about PD medications in Palo Alto, March14

Stanford Movement Disorder Fellow to talk about PD medications in Palo Alto, March14

Elena Call, MD, a movement disorder fellow at Stanford, will be talking about currently available Parkinson's medications and what's in the pipeline at the Palo Alto Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Tuesday, March 14th, 6:30-8pm.  The meeting is held in the Boardroom at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.  This event is free and open to those diagnosed with PD by age 50 or younger, and their family members.  An RSVP 24 hours in advance is required to the group leader, Martha Gardner.

“Capturing Grace” will be airing again on TV

“Capturing Grace” will be airing again on TV

Tune in for this special rebroadcast of Capturing Grace, David Iverson's acclaimed, award-winning documentary film, which follows a group of people with Parkinson’s. Capturing Grace will be rebroadcast on KQED TV on Saturday, April 1 at 6 p.m. The film will also air on WORLD on April 2 at 11 p.m. and on KQED PLUS on April 3 at 3 p.m.

Neurology Now: “The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful”

Neurology Now: “The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful”

“I recommend surrounding yourself with a network of people dealing with the same problem,” says Nancy Mulhearn of Asbury, NJ, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2006 at age 44. That's what she did after years of denying the disease and hiding her symptoms. “I didn’t want to be pitied or stared at, and I didn't want the world to change for me and my condition,” she explains.

Polypharmacy and the Health of the Elderly

Stanford Health Library welcomed Mehrdad Ayati, MD, geriatrician, to address the issue of prescription medications for the aging population.  This population is prescribed the highest proportion of medications in relation to their percentage of the U.S population --13% of current geriatric population purchase 33% of all prescription drugs and this number will increase to 50% by 2040.

Harvard Health: Steps to stay independent when you live alone

Harvard Health: Steps to stay independent when you live alone

Older adults who live alone should consider using services and strategies that will help them stay independent longer. To stay safe, older adults should consider…

New York Times: Whom Do You Tell When You’re Sick? Maybe Everyone You Know

New York Times: Whom Do You Tell When You’re Sick? Maybe Everyone You Know

Last year, my mother, a few weeks before a milestone birthday, learned she needed major surgery. The circumstances were not life-threatening. She would not be in the hospital long. But the recovery would still be protracted and restrict her ability to care for my father, who has Parkinson’s. No worries. Her three grown children, all of whom live in distant cities, snapped into action. We would fly in for the surgery, call in extra help, telephone a few of her friends and ask them to check in, drop off some food, otherwise be on call. We congratulated ourselves for a well-designed plan. There was only one problem. My mother insisted we not tell a soul.

New York Times: “Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It”

New York Times: “Informed Patient? Don’t Bet On It”

We want to let you in on a secret. As your oncologists, we’d like to treat you with two, or three, or four different chemotherapy drugs, each of which has distinct side effects, some of which can kill you. Or, if we were cardiothoracic surgeons, we might tell you that we need to crack your chest open to repair your damaged heart valve, and for that to happen you’ll need to undergo anesthesia from which you may never wake up. As doctors, our goal is to help you, of course, and to do no harm. But we may actually hurt you, irreversibly. Not that this happens frequently, but it might.

Stanford Balance Lab Technologist to demonstrate PWR! exercise in Palo Alto, March 8

Stanford Balance Lab Technologist to demonstrate PWR! exercise in Palo Alto, March 8

Leanel Liwanag, a technologist with the Stanford Balance Lab, will be demonstrating Parkinson's-specific exercises at the Palo Alto Parkinson’s Support Group meeting on Wednesday, March 8th, 2-3:30pm, at Avenidas.  She will involve the audience in demonstrations of PWR!, Rock Steady Boxing, and other exercises designed specifically for those with Parkinson's.  The exercises address movement, cognition, and speech.  This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP.

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson's Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 2017.  Here's what happening at a support group near you...

March 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

March 2017 Webinars About Parkinson’s

You can participate in a web-based seminar — or webinar — from the privacy of your home.  Join either live or view the archived version within a few days of the live webinar (in most cases).  All webinars listed are free. ere are webinars that may be of interest to those with Parkinson’s in March 2017…