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Why Am I Dizzy? Understanding Orthostatic Hypotension in PD

How do I cope with orthostatic hypotension? This is a frequently asked question amongst the callers to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) National HelpLine. If you have experienced it, you may already know that this symptom is common in moderate and advanced Parkinson’s disease (PD).

Let’s Make Grandparents Day Special

Don’t grandparents have a way of always making us feel special? Whether it is supporting us at school, cheering us from the sidelines or making our favorite home-cooked meal, they often know just the right thing to say or do. When a grandparent is living with Parkinson’s disease, how can we make them feel special? In honor of national Grandparents Day this Sunday, September 13, we invite you to join the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in doing just that. It can be as simple as sharing a smile, spending a day together, sending an eCard or raising funds for Parkinson’s disease research.

The PD Partnership: A Care Partner’s Perspective

Do you think of yourself or your loved one as a “caregiver” in life with Parkinson’s disease? There are some people who identify with this term, but many others who do not, which is why when Rhona Johnson, a former member of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) coined the term “care partnership,” PDF thought it fit perfectly.

Advocating for Equality in Science on Women’s Equality Day

A few months ago, the National Institutes of Health — the government institute that funds $26.4 billion in biomedical research each year — called for equal representation for females in scientific research studies … female mice, that is. Today, as we mark Women’s Equality Day, equality for mice (and human women) in scientific research might not be the first issue that springs to mind. But it is an important one. Why? Because when scientists test new therapies for diseases such as Parkinson’s, there are several steps to make sure they are safe and effective in humans. And experiments in mice… read more Read More

Unmasking Nonmotor Symptoms of PD: Visiting Nurse Notes with Dr. Susan LaRocco

Do you wish your health team understood the impact of your “invisible” symptoms — the ones that we cannot see, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances and pain?  Susan LaRocco, Ph.D., of Curry College, an alumna of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at PDF, is helping to make that happen. In 2012, Dr. LaRocco completed our “train the trainer” program, which prepares nursing faculty in Parkinson’s disease so they can, in turn, prepare their students. Dr. LaRocco’s final research project for the program recently resulted in a published article, “Unmasking the Nonmotor Symptoms of PD,” in Nursing… read more Read More

Is a PD Support Group Right For You?

Would you like to share resources and tips for living better with Parkinson’s? If so, joining a support group is one option to consider. For some people with Parkinson’s, support groups can be wonderful sources of information and social and emotional support. You may be wondering how to find a support group or, if there isn’t one nearby, how to start one yourself. Our team at PDF is here to help.