November is recognized as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Is there a difference between the two? Yes — palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing, “relief from the symptoms of stress of a serious illness,” as PDF Research Advocate Kirk Hall explained in an earlier blog. Although often mistaken for end-of-life care, the definition of palliative care is actually very broad. On the other hand, hospice care is designed to improve quality of life through pain relief and symptom management for individuals facing end-of-life. It is important to understand the difference between the two types of care, and how both can benefit… Read More
How can we improve hospital care for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? When people with Parkinson’s visit the hospital (usually for a non PD-related health condition), they can experience longer stays and more often need rehabilitation than those without the disease. One challenge facing the health professionals responsible for care is the need for updated information on Parkinson’s disease. Luckily, Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., A.P.R.N., AC.N.S.-B.C., an alumni of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), is helping to make that happen.
Has a physical therapist helped your life with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? This month, we join with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in recognizing National Physical Therapy Month, which thanks physical therapists and physical therapy assistants for their efforts to help people to improve and restore movement. For many people with PD, physical therapy is an important part of their treatment plan, and their physical therapist is an important member of the health care team.
Have you or has a loved one undergone deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Would you undergo the surgery on live television? That’s what is happening on Sunday, October 25 as deep brain stimulation surgery for PD makes its primetime debut on the National Geographic Channel at 9:00 PM ET. Greg Grindley, a 49-year-old father of four living with young onset PD, will undergo the procedure at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH, as cameras roll and viewers at home get an up-close look at the brain in real-time.
“I asked one of the best doctors I have seen — and I have worked with a few — about the effect, if any, of menopause on Parkinson’s disease. Her response was ‘estrogen doesn’t cause Parkinson’s disease,’ which wasn’t my question at all. What I remember about her answer was wondering: where can I turn for a better one?” It is striking just how similar Lisa Cone’s comments are to those of 25 other women who joined the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) last month in launching our Women and PD Initiative, the first national coordinated effort to improve the health… Read More
How do I cope with neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (nOH)? 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).