What’s so great about support groups? Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for years, there are many reasons to connect with a support group. This is true for care partners as well. And it is never too soon or too late to find a support group that works for you. Here are the critical benefits a support group can provide, according to the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) – and how to find the right group for you.… Full Story>
The busyness of life with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can be enough to push intimacy to the back burner. When you add physical and emotional challenges of PD, connecting with your partner can become harder to do. Register now to for this APDA webinar, taking place on Monday, June 12, 10am PT, and learn how to keep physical and emotional intimacy from falling by the wayside.
People with Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism have a much higher risk of hip and other fractures. The TOPAZ (Trial of Parkinson’s and Zoledronic Acid) study will test if zoledronate, an FDA-approved medication for osteoporosis (thinning of the bone), can prevent fractures in people with Parkinson’s disease, whether or not they have osteoporosis. Using zoledronate for this purpose is investigational. Continue reading for a summary of the study and to see if you are eligible to participate. You could receive $100 upon enrollment and $50 per year during the study.… Full Story>
Anxiety is a very common non-motor feature of PD, and symptoms of PD can worsen in the presence of stress and anxiety. Unlike stress which is fueled by external sources (such as work, family tension, finances, etc.), anxiety is fueled by internal forces and can persist when all external causes of stress have been resolved. Anxiety in PD may need to be treated with medication in order for a person to regain his/her quality of life. But there are also a number of lifestyle modifications that may be very helpful. Check out more of this blog post, including a list of resources, from the American Parkinson Disease Association.… Full Story>
We’ve all been taught to brush our teeth twice a day. Oral health is essential for overall well-being and good quality of life. But for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) oral health is a particular concern as they commonly experience problems with the mouth and oral cavity, and some may have difficulty with dental hygiene.… Full Story>