Dear Friends: In the introductory notes that I write for each quarterly newsletter of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, I try to identify common themes that thread through our various articles. And now we are posting these themes on the PDF blog, so you can let us know your thoughts. In the Fall 2012 issue of News & Review (found on the PDF website here) the theme is rather clear … and reflects a central commitment that PDF makes to the people we serve. The theme is “improving the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.” Such a broad… Read More
Therapy is most effective when it addresses an individual’s passionBy Ken Aidekman Paul West is a professor of English and comparative literature and a prodigious writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. His entire life revolves around words. But, in 2003 he suffered a massive stroke that left him with global aphasia, a condition that rendered him unable to understand words or produce them. His wife, Diane Ackerson, also an author and poet, tells the story of West’s bumpy road to recovery in her book “One Hundred Names for Love.” Upon his emergence from critical care, West was faced with… Read More
A special thank you to PDF Champion Jennifer Neathery for making a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. Hear her story now! To become a PDF Champion like Jennifer click here to register or call (800) 457-6676. If you are a runner looking for your next big race, join the PDF Champions marathon team at the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 28th. One entry remains! For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember: The Cure Begins With YOU!
“It’s incredible how far we have come in 12 years!” The venue for this quotation was the cavernous Paramount Theater in Asbury Park, New Jersey at 2 AM last Sunday morning, at the conclusion of a six-hour rock concert before a capacity crowd. The event was the latest production of Light of Day Foundation, the brainchild of Bob Benjamin, a former music publicist and producer. Light of Day’s purpose is to raise money for scientific research on Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological disorders through fundraising concerts – initially on the Jersey Shore, and more recently through tours in Europe… Read More
The 2nd World Parkinson Congress continues its three days of sessions discussing the latest news in Parkinson’s science and care. PDF’s reporters have been listening in to a variety of these sessions. We’ve asked them to report back on what they have seen and heard, sharing the messages that mean the most to them as people living with Parkinson’s. Jackie Hunt ChristensenAttended: Non-Drug Approaches to Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease “This session covered how some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease might be improved by exercise; physical therapy; speech therapy; and non-drug, cognitive and psychological therapies. Exercise: It was reported that exercise can… Read More
The Parkinson’s Quilt has now been displayed for the first time. See photos below of the display and of what we call the “Living Quilt” where attendees to the WPC can create new panels on-site.