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From Baltimore to India: Visiting Nurse Notes with Alpa Uchil, M.P.H., R.N.

How are we preparing the next generation of nurses to care for the growing population of people with Parkinson’s? The alumni of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at PDF are doing their part. Alumni of the program, such as Alpa Uchil, M.P.H., R.N., a nurse at The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, undergo the “train the trainer” curriculum, so that they can, in turn, educate their nursing students. We sat down with Ms. Uchil, who completed the program in 2014, to understand her work in Parkinson’s and how the EJS-VNF program has made an impact. She’s… read more Read More

Walking Over Water for Parkinson’s: Q&A with Nancy Redkey

Last Sunday, the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Inc., hosted their fifth annual Walk Over Water in Poughkeepsie, NY, to benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. More than 150 people attended, bringing the walk’s five-year fundraising total to $80,000. Not only that, the event continues to garner greater support from the community, including businesses and government. This year, NY State Senator Sue Serino joined to declare April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month, along with County Executive Marc Molinaro. How do they do it? Read our interview with group leader Nancy Redkey, as she reflects on the annual walk, what inspires her to make… read more Read More

From Diane: It’s Our Time to Speak Up

Which part of living with Parkinson’s disease should be the priority for scientists to study? For Diane Cook the answer is: cognitive issues. She submitted her answer through the Second Annual PDF Community Choice Research Awards survey. Now she is urging you to share yours by Thursday, April 30. Diane worked closely with PDF to develop the first Community Choice Research Awards survey last year, which are a “people’s choice” for PD research grants. The ProjectSpark Foundation run by Diane’s children donated funds for the awards. Hear from Diane about why the “people’s choice” awards are critical for PD research, why she… read more Read More

Taking Parkinson’s Day by Day: A Q&A with Artist Wendell Lowe

A picture is worth a thousand words — that’s how the old saying goes. And this has certainly been the case for Wendell Lowe’s photograph, “Day by Day.” His image, which appears in the month of April in PDF’s 2015 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar, speaks volumes through an artistic depiction of a simple everyday item — the pillbox. What does the pillbox image mean to you? For many people — not only those affected by Parkinson’s, but also for anyone who has experienced a serious illness or cared for aging parents, it so quickly speaks volumes. Without any words, we see, hear and remember everything the… read more Read More

A.C. Weighs In: Can PD Researchers Study Apathy?

Which aspect about living with Parkinson’s is your priority for researchers to study? For PDF Research Advocate A.C. Woolnough, the answer is: apathy. Apathy, which is a lack of interest or enthusiasm, is a common complaint among people with Parkinson’s and loved ones but has not received much research attention. A.C. shared apathy as his priority by taking PDF’s six-question survey as part of the Second Annual Community Choice Research Awards. Below, we interviewed him to find out why he thinks researchers should spend more time studying apathy. There’s still time for you too to submit. PDF is accepting survey submissions… read more Read More

Supporting Science with Science-Inspired Jewelry

“My collections are inspired by beauty and science, neuroscience to be exact,” says Emily Alice Ball. A jewelry designer from the UK, Emily Alice’s collections are uniquely named and categorized … according to science. For instance, there’s the oxytocin and the serotonin collection, and then there’s adrenalin. And most importantly during April … there’s dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in the brain that helps with movement and coordination. It is also the one that is lost in Parkinson’s disease. Three years ago, Emily Alice, whose friend and customer lives with Parkinson’s disease, came to PDF with a creative idea for Parkinson’s Awareness… read more Read More