In December, two reports in the New York Times called attention to the potential link between paraquat, a strong pesticide, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide, which has been previously linked to Parkinson’s, is banned in some countries including those where it is manufactured, but not in the US. What should people with Parkinson’s know about this news?
My wife, Marilyn, and I are constantly reminded of the critical role that health professionals play in helping us live our lives to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. That’s why we work with PDF. Through innovative clinical and online trainings, PDF partners with health leaders to transform PD care. But we need your support to train even more health leaders.
During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor care partners to people with Parkinson’s. We thank them for their efforts to care for their loved ones and help PDF #EndParkinsons. This includes Cherry Zimmerman, care partner to her husband Alan who is a member of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. They reside in Knoxville, TN. We sat down with them to understand more about their PD partnership and the needs of Parkinson’s care partners.
Dear friends of PDF: Thank you. Because of your support, this year PDF invested $5 million in research and $1.1 million for training of health leaders and patient leaders.
Are you committed to finding a cure for Parkinson’s and helping those who live with the disease? We need you. Apply to the People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC) of the Parkinson’s Foundation by Monday, December 19.
This Veterans Day, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) honors veterans who have served our country, including those touched by Parkinson’s disease. In particular, we recognize the veterans on the PDF team who continue to serve the community by helping us to end Parkinson’s disease. Here are a few of their stories.