Happy Holidays from The Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach team

Happy Holidays from The Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach team

The Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach team would like to wish you and your family warm and happy holidays!  The office is closed until Monday, January 6th.

NYT: Swimmers Beware of Deep Brain Stimulation

NYT: Swimmers Beware of Deep Brain Stimulation

Excerpt:  "Now, Dr. [Christian R.] Baumann warns all patients with stimulators never to go into deep water alone.  ... How the devices could interfere with swimming is not known. Dr. Baumann and his colleagues suggested that in some patients the signals may somehow affect a brain region that is crucial for coordinating limb movement. He said other complicated, learned skills might also be affected: Some patients said they could no longer ski after receiving stimulators, and one said he could not play golf anymore." 

Wall Street Journal: In ‘Marriage Story,’ Alan Alda Lets His Parkinson’s Show

Wall Street Journal: In ‘Marriage Story,’ Alan Alda Lets His Parkinson’s Show

Excerpt: "The 83-year-old actor, who announced last year that he is living with Parkinson’s disease, plays a ...lawyer. The film ... doesn’t mask Mr. Alda’s shaking hands but keeps them in the frame, a visual contrast to the slick moves of the sharklike lawyers elsewhere in the movie. The actor ... learned he had the nervous-system disorder in 2015 after his wife Arlene Alda told him he wasn’t swinging his arms when he walked. He began acting out his dreams in his sleep too, another early sign of Parkinson’s. Soon after, Mr. Alda got the diagnosis. To cope, he wedged a pillow between himself and his wife of 62 years to make it harder to reach her in those sleeping episodes and began an exercise regimen to lessen his symptoms that included boxing and marching to Sousa music." 

Happy 4th of July!

(We will be closed on Thursday and Friday.)

CNN: These common health problems could be early signs of Parkinson’s

CNN: These common health problems could be early signs of Parkinson’s

Do you move around a lot during your sleep? Or have you lost your sense of smell? New insights into Parkinson's disease suggest that these might be the early signs of changes in the brain that mean you are at greater risk of developing Parkinson's.

Stanford Parkinson’s Information & Referral Center Accepts County Proclamation – April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Stanford Parkinson’s Information & Referral Center Accepts County Proclamation – April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Today, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors declared April to be Parkinson's Awareness Month.  In April alone, nearly 5,000 people in the US will learn they have Parkinson's.  Robin Riddle with the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Information & Referral Center at Stanford accepted the proclamation and spoke about the challenges of Parkinson's Disease. 

APDA: Cognitive  Decline in Parkinson’s Disease

APDA: Cognitive Decline in Parkinson’s Disease

In this recent blog post on the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) website, movement disorder specialist Dr. Rebecca Gilbert discusses the cognitive skills most frequently affected in PD -- attention, working memory, executive function, memory, language, and visual reasoning.  Of course changes in the cognitive skills concern those with PD, their family members, and friends.

Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease: APDA Blog Post

Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease: APDA Blog Post

In this recent blog post on the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) website, movement disorder specialist Dr. Rebecca Gilbert discusses what is freezing of gait, why it happens, tips, strategies, and walking devices that can help, as well as potential future treatments.

April 2019 Webinars about Caregiving

April 2019 Webinars about Caregiving

Many caregivers cannot leave home due to caregiving responsibilities. 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 day of the live webinar (in most cases). All webinars listed are free. All times shown are Pacific Daylight Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to caregivers in April 2019…

April 2019 Webinars about Parkinson’s

April 2019 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. All times listed are Pacific Time. Here are webinars that may be of interest to those living with Parkinson’s in April 2019