Category Archives: Cognition and Memory

Dr. Jonathan Squires on Medication Management in PD

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:

SECTION PAGE
PARKINSON’S DISEASE 101 3
HOW IS PARKINSON’S DISEASE DIAGNOSED? 6
SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE 7
PROGRESSION OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE 17
TREATMENT OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE 18
MOTOR COMPLICATIONS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE 36
MOTOR FLUCTUATIONS 37
WEARING OFF 38
OFF-PERIOD DYSTONIA 42
DELAYED KICKING IN 43
FREEZING OF GAIT 44
NON-MOTOR FLUCTUATIONS 45
THE ROLE OF LEVODOPA 51
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT BOTHERSOME SYMPTOMS? 53
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Cognition, Memory & Yoga

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.