Archives for August 2021

Stanford Movement Disorders Center seeking study participants with PD, without dementia, and with delusions or hallucinations

Stanford Movement Disorders Center seeking study participants with PD, without dementia, and with delusions or hallucinations

The Movement Disorders Center is seeking participants with Parkinson’s disease (PD) who do not have dementia and who do have either delusions (false or mistaken beliefs) and/or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not really there) to study an investigational drug.  This study is being conducted to see if the investigational drug might improve the activities of daily living in PD patients.  Participants must have a relative, housemate, or friend assist during the study. 

Stanford’s SPRING study of gait in PD seeking participants

Stanford’s SPRING study of gait in PD seeking participants

The Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Lab at Stanford University is seeking participants for the SPRING (Stanford Parkinson’s Research In Neuromodulation for Gait) Study.  The SPRING Study aims to investigate the safety and feasibility of adaptive deep brain stimulation (aDBS) for impaired gait and freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease (PD).  The study's goal is to advance the development of patient-specific DBS therapy to improve quality of life for people living with PD. 

“You’re not alone: tips for building connections in the Parkinson’s community” – Webinar notes

“You’re not alone: tips for building connections in the Parkinson’s community” – Webinar notes

In May, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) for Parkinson’s Research hosted a webinar on isolation and apathy in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The webinar was a question-and-answer format and featured a panel including a movement disorder specialist, Rock Steady Boxing coach, social worker, and person with PD.  

Complementary Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

Complementary Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

Complementary therapies are non-pharmacologic treatments that can complement and enhance modern medicine.  Complementary therapies include exercise, mindfulness, manipulation (acupuncture, massage), creative pursuits (socialization, hobbies), and herbal remedies.  They are most effective in treating stress, anxiety, stiffness, pain, insomnia, nausea, bloating, and memory.

Anxiety (in Parkinson’s) – Webinar notes

Anxiety (in Parkinson’s) – Webinar notes

On April 22, the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Parkinson’s Center hosted a webinar on anxiety’s contribution and impact in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and ways to manage it. 

Building Stronger Caregiving Partnerships Through Better Communication

Building Stronger Caregiving Partnerships Through Better Communication

Back in December of 2018 the Parkinson's Foundation hosted a caregiver summit in Phoenix, AZ.  I was beyond impressed with the information provided by Dr. Angela Roberts, PhD in her talk on Building Stronger Caregiving Partnerships Through Better Communication.

August 2021 – Parkinson’s Webinars and Virtual Meetings with Speakers

August 2021 – Parkinson’s Webinars and Virtual Meetings with Speakers

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of Parkinson’s-related webinars and virtual meetings with speakers.  Here’s our August 2021 list. 

August 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

August 2021 Caregiver Webinars and other Virtual Events

Every month, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach produces a list of caregiving-related webinars and virtual events. Most of the webinars listed are for a general audience and are free.