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PARKS in the Gulch

Peterson Foundation for Parkinson's named Top Charitable Organtization.

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Reviving speech and improving lives

SpeechVive was designed to help people who suffer from a low/weak voice due to Parkinson’s disease speak more loudly and communicate more effectively. Multi-site clinical trials over the last 4 ½ years demonstrate 90% of the people who used SpeechVive received significant benefit in their loudness, articulation, and speech rate.

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Online study on sensory processing and Parkinson's disease

The link below connects you to a pilot study on sensory processing and Parkinson's disease being run by Brain Health Alliance. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of Parkinson's disease patients to combine multiple senses, including vision and hearing, in order to investigate how sensory processing may contribute to the motor function difficulties experienced in Parkinson’s disease.

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The Five Stages in Parkinson’s disease

Most doctors treating these stages rely on the Hoehn & Yahr rating scales. Main symptoms include; stiffness, out of control tremors. Slowing of moving body. Standing & balance is difficult.

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News from the 18th Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

This summer thousands of international researchers met in Stockholm Sweden to present the latest  research in Parkinson’s disease (PD).  It would be impossible to review all of the topics presented and at this time I will limit my discussion to recent advances in surgical treatments for PD.  Although deep brain stimulation (DBS) is the most popular surgical procedure performed for PD, many other strategies are being investigated.  These are summarized below.

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Nutrition & Parkinson’s Disease

Mark Twain once said “Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside”.  While we might fantasize about a world where we can eat whatever we like, patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) will find they may need to make some changes in their diet.  There is no one particular diet for PD patients however there are some tips that may assist patients with meal planning.

Certain medications such as those containing levodopa are better absorbed if taken 20 to 30 minutes before eating or an hour after eating.  But if your medication causes nausea, you may need to take it with a small snack.  Try to avoid a high protein snack such as meats, cheeses, or eggs as these snacks can also slow the absorption and effectiveness of these types of medications.  Many health care providers recommend that PD patients eat the bulk of their protein in the evening and stick with carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables for the morning and noon meals.

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Get Moving

Did you know that regular exercise can reduce the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease?  We all know that exercise is good for the body and that it is considered a part of living a healthy life.  Exercise improves mobility, can prolong longevity, reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve sleep, digestion, and even reduce the symptoms of depression.  But did you know that exercise can help manage your PD and possibly even slow the progression of the disease?

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