HeadWay, aka the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Centre, recently sponsored a talk by Dr. Jonathan Squires on medication management in PD. A copy of his slides are available as a PDF at the following link:
The Art of Medication Management in Parkinson’s including Minimizing the Risk of Motor Fluctuations
There are a total of 63 slides in the presentation so I have created a short table of contents to help you find a section more quickly:
|PARKINSON’S DISEASE 101
|HOW IS PARKINSON’S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
|SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
|PROGRESSION OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
|TREATMENT OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
|MOTOR COMPLICATIONS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
|DELAYED KICKING IN
|FREEZING OF GAIT
|THE ROLE OF LEVODOPA
|WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT BOTHERSOME SYMPTOMS?
I found the following New Scientist link through a Facebook friend.
We may finally be able to slow Parkinson’s, with a diabetes drug.
I found this article, New Data on Extended-Release Amantadine for Dyskinesia, posted yesterday (April 27, 2017), on the Michael J Fox Foundation’s BLOG.
Laura Frey, who runs the Nanaimo Yoga class for persons with PD, recently forwarded the following link to me: Cognition and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease and Yoga: An Interview with Richard Rosen.
Richard Rosen is a California Yoga teacher who has adapted his program as a result of his PD diagnosis. The interviewer starts by asking:
What has been your personal experience with how yoga can affect cognitive function and memory?
Richard’s answer begins:
As soon as you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), if you’re not already a yoga student, get yourself to a yoga class…
That’s pretty powerful. Read the whole interview – there’s lots more interesting insight and several links at the end of the interview for those wanting to dig deeper. And underneath the interview window is a whole new blog, Yoga for Healthy Aging, to explore.
John Schappi is his name. He was diagnosed with PD at age 80 in 2009. In 2010, he started his blog, Aging and Parkinson’s and Me, that won healthLine’s 2016 Blog of the Year award in the category of Best Parkinson’s Disease Blogs. In total he has written over 1200 posts and is still going strong with almost 100 in 2016.
These are not quick one-liners either. The one’s that I looked at are well thought out and content a wealth of information and links to other information.
Here are some of my favourites from the few dozen that I have looked through so far. (Maybe someone will organize these into multi-volume set with table of contents and index.)
My Parkinson’s HoneyMoon is Over. What Now?
In which he lists the proven therapies that have helped him the most. One of them has its own blog post from 2013 and is called: “BIG” Exercises for Parkinson’s.
Drumming for Parkinson’s
This is the post that I found when I was looking for information on drumming and PD. He didn’t know much about drumming before but he certainly does his homework.
Good Relationships Are Key to a Happy Life. Loneliness Kills
John talks about how relationships are what keep more people healthy, not money or stuff.
John’s blog is an amazing resource and, courtesy of the blogspot framework that it is built on, fully searchable. I will definitely be referring back to it in future posts.