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Parkinson’s Through the Looking Glass: Q&A with Artist Richard Herdegen

Richard Herdegen of Meridian, ID, sees his creativity as a window of opportunity for life with Parkinson’s disease. Recently, one of his glass mosaics entitled, “Rainbow of Life” (pictured at left) was selected to appear in PDF’s 2016 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar for the month of July. The retired software engineer has been creating art for decades, using glass as his primary medium. But he says that after his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2011 at the age of 66, the activity became more than just a way to relax and find solace, it also became a way to fight his disease. Learn more… read more Read More

Nurse Faculty Scholars to Join PDF Team at 4th World Parkinson Congress

Are you planning to attend the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR? This global event brings together people with Parkinson’s, care partners, scientists and health professionals. PDF will be there from Tuesday, September 20 through Friday September 23 with members of our team working to end Parkinson’s — leaders in research, health care and the patient community. We are excited that the PDF team includes 15 of our talented nurse educators — all Scholars from The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF. Many of our nurse Scholars are presenting posters on their research to advance PD… read more Read More

PDF Volunteers Reflect on Ali’s Impact on Parkinson’s Cause

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) and members of the Parkinson’s community continue to mourn the loss of Muhammad Ali and celebrate his efforts to raise awareness of the disease. In the days since his passing, many people in the community have shared reflections on his role as the first celebrity to live publicly with Parkinson’s. Below, hear from PDF volunteer leaders — members of our People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council —  as they share their reactions and insights. (Credit: Kevin Mazur/ Muhammad Ali at PDF Gala, June 1, 1995/Getty Images)

Managing Constipation in PD: Visiting Nurse Notes with Dr. Jean MacFadyen

Is constipation the most disabling symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It may be surprising, but many people with PD report to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) that the most bothersome aspects of their disease aren’t tremor or stiffness, but instead are nonmotor symptoms such as constipation and fatigue. Luckily, researchers are starting to better understand these symptoms and nurses such as Jean S. MacFadyen, Ph.D., R.N., a 2011 Scholar of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at PDF are helping people with Parkinson’s to learn about and manage them. We sat down with Dr. MacFadyen to learn about her experience… read more Read More

Can Occupational and Physical Therapy Help in Early Parkinson’s?

Earlier this year, a controversial study about physical and occupational therapy and Parkinson’s disease (PD) was published in JAMA Neurology. In contrast to other scientific studies, which have found both types of therapy to be beneficial for people with PD, this one found that the therapies were not. Why is there a discrepancy? Many health leaders expressed concern that the study wasn’t a good measurement, both because it only involved a “low dose” program (just four sessions over the course of two months) and because the  sessions didn’t offer “best practice” therapy. What’s the real story about physical therapy (PT)… read more Read More