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Managing Meds in PD: Visiting Nurse Notes with Dr. Ju Young Shin

Are there steps a person with Parkinson’s can take to live better with the disease? Yes, according to Ju Young Shin, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., A.N.P-C., an alumni of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF). She has spent her career answering that question to help her patients to live better. After undergoing the EJS-VNF program at PDF in 2013, she turned her attention to Parkinson’s disease (PD). Now she’s conducting research into helping people with PD take charge, and live better through simple everyday means, like managing medications. Here’s our interview with her.

Weighing in on Weight Management in PD

Have you noticed any changes in your weight due to Parkinson’s disease? You are not alone. It is critical for all of us to maintain a healthy weight. For people with Parkinson’s disease, this might be more difficult to do because of PD symptoms or medications. As January is National Healthy Weight Awareness Month, our team wanted to bring awareness to the issue of weight management in Parkinson’s disease. Here are a few little-known facts:

Finding Inspiration in the Forest & the Trees: Q&A with Artist Michael Abbott

When Michael Abbott of Panama City Beach, FL, looks at the woods surrounding the river near his home, he doesn’t just see trees. He sees his next creation. After his diagnosis of young onset Parkinson’s in 2004, the retired firefighter and former US Marine started making sculptures of trees using old copper wires. He has since found it to be a therapeutic outlet.  Recently, one of his sculptures entitled, “Autumn Bliss” (pictured at left) was selected to appear in PDF’s 2016 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar for the month of February. Find out how creativity has impacted Michael’s life and what it… read more Read More

Just Around the Corner to the Light of Day Concerts for PD

This past weekend, the Light of Day Foundation kicked off its Winterfest concerts in Asbury Park, NJ, with proceeds benefitting Parkinson’s disease research, including the programs of PDF. Are you near New York, New Jersey or Philadelphia, PA? There’s still time to enjoy great music at the Winterfest (the concerts run until Monday, January 18), while supporting Parkinson’s research. The concerts are in the 20th year, thanks to PDF’s longtime friend Bob Benjamin, who founded Light of Day back in 1996. Back then, shortly after Bob’s own diagnosis of young-onset PD, he threw a 40th birthday concert with friends and… read more Read More

Aspirin for Parkinson’s: What Does It Mean?

Can an aspirin a day treat Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Not exactly, but the idea made headlines a few weeks ago, after scientists discovered that a key ingredient of aspirin might have potential to block the loss of brain cells in neurological diseases like PD and Alzheimer’s. As with every science headline, PDF asks, “what does it mean for people with PD?” In this case, we asked Michael Schwarzschild, M.D., Ph.D., of MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Disease, a well-known PD scientist who has also studied aspirin and ibuprofen in relation to PD. Here are his insights.

Employment with PD: Working it Out

“Will Parkinson’s disease impact my career? Will I still be able to work?” After a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, these are common yet difficult questions as individuals wonder how symptoms will progressively impact the future. Recently, well-known public figures, including professional athletes and elected officials, have put the issue of employment with PD back in the headlines. Last month, former Major League Baseball player Kirk Gibson, who announced his PD diagnosis just a few months ago, was back in the headlines as he interviewed for a new position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Several news articles questioned whether his Parkinson’s disease… read more Read More