Blog Archives: Getting Involved

Grandparents Day: Tips from Inspiring Grandkids on Making It Special

There is nothing like the special bond that exists between grandparents and grandchildren. That’s why, when a grandparent is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, grandchildren are often driven to help the cause. At the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) we are often asked, How can I make a difference in honor of my grandma/grandpa with PD? In light of Grandparents Day this Sunday, we are sharing a few favorite stories from grandkids on the PDF team. Get inspired and find ideas for making this Sunday special for your grandparent with PD.

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

PD SELF: Can Self-Efficacy Improve Life for the Newly Diagnosed?

By Gil Thelen How about that retired Philadelphia-area organizational development consultant? After his Parkinson’s disease (PD) diagnosis, he surprisingly (to himself) found the capacity to become an accomplished folk painter and soon-to-be-published poet. Or the retired Richmond, VA, dentist who raises buckets of money for research programs of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)? Or the light-up-the-room, former pediatric office manager from Denver, CO? Not to mention the research coordinator named Chi Chi. And finally, the wisecracking, not-so-retired former newspaper editor and college professor from Tampa, FL (me). That’s a taste of the 20 people with PD and professionals who trained last month as… read more Read More

What My Dad Taught Me About Life with Parkinson’s

by A.C. Woolnough As Father’s Day approaches, I reflect on the values my late Dad (at left) instilled in me. As a US Navy Veteran, his diagnosis of Parkinson’s hit him hard. Still, he constantly reminded me to serve others … to be a part of something bigger than self. When I too was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago, it was my Dad, although long gone by then, who had the biggest influence on me. Because of him, I view Parkinson’s not only as a challenge, but as a way of giving back. Today, I ask you to join me in… read more Read More