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One in 43 Million: What Can PD Caregivers Learn from AARP’s Report?

Are you a care partner to someone living with Parkinson’s? You are not alone. In fact, PD care partners may have some experiences in common with 43 million other Americans who also help to care for loved ones. This information was shared last week, when the AARP joined with the National Alliance for Caregiving to report on the state of caregiving in the US. Together the groups reported on results from a nationwide survey which included responses from 1,250 caregivers who specifically care for adults living with a variety of illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. What did we learn… read more Read More

From A.C.: Thanking Dad by Giving Back

As Father’s Day comes closer, I have been reflecting on what my Dad gave to me. A US Navy veteran, my Dad was proud of his 37-year career. He served his country as a seaman in World War II and later as an officer. That’s one reason why his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease – an incurable, chronic and progressive disease – hit him so hard. Although he’s gone, one of the many values he taught me was to be a part of something bigger than self … to serve others … to give back.

Putting Passion to Work for PD: Q&A with PDF Champion Dawn Judson

How are you putting your passions to work for Parkinson’s? Each year, PDF Champion Dawn Judson puts her passion for offroading and and for her business, Bikini Offroad, to use by hosting Shake, Rattle and Crawl. The two-day off-road vehicle event is held in Marble, TX to benefit PDF. The event offers drives on jeeps, ATVs, motorcycles and trucks on the scenic trails and hills of the Hidden Falls Adventure Park, as well as live music, a scavenger hunt, a raffle and dinner. This year, Dawn and her family and friends raised $5,500 … bringing them to cumulative total of $16,000 since 2013! How does she do it?… read more Read More

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