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Parkinson's Posture

Friday March 21, 2014

A review of postural change in Parkinson's

How does posture change with Parkinson's?

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Parkinson’s Disease & Supplemental Security Income

Monday March 17, 2014

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative condition that affects motor and nervous system function. Parkinson’s disease can impact each person differently—causing a variety of symptoms that progress at different rates. In more advanced cases, Parkinson’s disease may make it impossible for a person to work and earn a living. The resulting loss of income can be financially devastating.

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Parkinson’s Paradoxes

Monday March 10, 2014

Of the finer miseries of Parkinson’s Disease, perhaps paradox is the finest. Paradox flourishes at every level of PD. Just to start, Parkinson’s Disease robs you of the dexterity you need to handle say, small pills. And you manage PD symptoms with... little tiny pills! This makes for hours of fun, from getting them out of their tamper-resistant bottles to swallowing them, in a disease, by the way, that interferes with... swallowing! Fiendish! But that is only the beginning.

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Coming Out of the Caregiving Closet

Thursday March 06, 2014

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." - Rosalynn Carter

Today, the Washington Post came out with a special report on family caregiving in the United States. While reading the article, I couldn’t help but think about the Caregiving in America Conference I attended on February 19th in Seattle. Hosted by AARP and Washington Post Live, the conference featured an illustrious set of presenters, from TV personality Rick Steves of PBS, to the state of Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee, to aging expert Nancy Hooyman. More than my admiration of the speakers, I was struck by one fact in particular: 1 in 5 people in the United States is caregiving for family members, and 1 in 4 of these haven't told anyone.

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Parkinson’s Disease Nutrition: Why is it Relevant?

Monday March 03, 2014

Humans are parasites of the planet. We need the planet, but it doesn't need us. In order to survive, we must take in minerals, molecules and organisms from the environment. Nutrition is the study of this human dependence.

The goal of nutritional medicine is to see that the body’s needs are being met. How do we know what we need? Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) provide guidance for most healthy people, but not for individuals with disease. Just as burn and trauma victims require additional protein, so are the nutritional needs different in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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The Importance of Care before Cure: NWPF’s Past, Present & Future

Wednesday February 26, 2014

That mantra has been the driving force behind the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation since its inception more than a decade and half ago. And, Care before Cure will guide our decisions today and into the future.

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