Apathy and PD
One of the most challenging and puzzling non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is apathy. Apathy is defined as a feeling of indifference or a general lack of interest or motivation in activities. People with PD may feel that they have lost their “get up and go”, and can’t muster enthusiasm for anything – even things they once engaged in and enjoyed.
Are there other conditions that can resemble Parkinson’s disease?
There are a number of conditions that present some of the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s, but that do not respond in the same way to typical treatments. These diseases are referred to as Atypical Parkinsonisms, and are most likely to affect people in their 50s and 60s, although this can vary.
Many other conditions involving movement -based issues mimic Parkinson’s Disease. A patient therefore may show no signs of developing PD but will experience very similar symptoms. These conditions can be particularly challenging for non-specialists and can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis.
Can I get Parkinson’s Disease if I’m under 60?
Parkinson’s Disease isn't just seen in people of advanced age. While it does tend to affect people over age 60 more often, in about 5% to 10% of cases, "early onset" PD can begin in people as young as age 40. The progression of PD is different for everyone, however, those who develop it at earlier ages seem to have a more severe progression. Life expectancy for people with Parkinson's disease is about the same as the average population, but complications from the disease in the later stages can lead to fatal outcomes from choking,
Can Parkinson's Disease cause depression and anxiety?
Depression is very much a part of the disease process of Parkinson’s and is not to be taken lightly by either the caregiver or the patient.
Can Parkinson’s Disease be prevented?
Because the cause of Parkinson's is unknown, there are no proven ways to prevent the disease. Some research has shown that regular aerobic exercise might reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease
Care partner Resources
As a Parkinson’s care partner, you are an essential member of your person’s medical and care teams. While most care partners are spouses, children, siblings, and parents, even friends can be part of the care team. Your role as a Parkinson’s care partner will evolve over the years; therefore, we want to offer you resources and action plans to help YOU live well while also providing the best care possible for your loved one.
Dance? Why should people with Parkinson's dance?
Dancing Your Way to a Better Quality of Life with Parkinson's
Davis Phinney Foundation Every Victory Counts® manual
The Every Victory Counts® manual broke new ground as the only resource of its kind, devoted solely to the principle of proactive self-care and a holistic approach to managing Parkinson’s. In subsequent editions, it has gained international recognition as a superb and comprehensive resource for changing the way people live with Parkinson’s. Now in its sixth edition, the manual is the cornerstone of our new Every Victory Counts suite of resources, a robust collection of printed and digital manuals (including a new Every Victory Counts Manual for Care Partners) that embrace the Davis Phinney Foundation’s philosophy of taking action to improve your quality of life with Parkinson’s.
Diet and Nutrition
"While there is no prescription for a PD-specific diet, to maintain overall good health most people living with Parkinson’s disease should eat a variety of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, milk and dairy products, and protein-rich foods such as meat and beans. Also consider including nuts, olive oil, fish and eggs to your diet, for their beneficial fats." - - parkinson.org
Dyskinesia is uncontrolled, involuntary movement that may occur with long-term levodopa use and longer time with Parkinson's. Not everyone will develop this complication, and the experience of dyskinesia varies. New and emerging treatments aim to help avoid dyskinesia.
If you’re living on your own with PD, Flying Solo is for you. Meet online with a group of people who want to talk about the unique issues and needs that living alone with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders creates.
If I have Parkinson’s disease, what kind of speech and voice problems may I
Everyone's Parkinson's experience is different, so it's hard to predict how your symptoms may progress. Parkinson's symptoms tend to appear gradually. The order they appear and the way they progress varies from person to person.
Some of the voice and speech difficulties that you may experience are:
Reduced volume to your voice.
Speaking in a monotone pitch
Having a hoarse or strained quality to your voice.
Breathiness in the quality of your voice that is easily heard by your listeners.
It takes more effort and energy to speak.
You feel like it is taking all of your energy to speak.
Trouble clearly and easily pronouncing letters and words.
Tremor in your voice.
Slurring of your speech.
LSVT LOUD is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. Named for Mrs. Lee Silverman (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment), a woman living with PD, it was developed by Dr. Lorraine Ramig and has been scientifically studied for over 25 years with support from the National Institute for Deafness and other Communication Disorders within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other funding organizations.
Find local LSVT Clinicians using this form
Is Yoga Good for Parkinson’s Disease?
Yoga encourages mobility and postural stability and can reduce motor symptoms, such as tremors.
Practicing yoga can also have mental and social benefits, improving the overall quality of life of a person living with Parkinson's
Medications for PD
Most people with Parkinson’s begin a course of treatments to help manage symptoms. Treatments often include a unique combination of medications and surgical therapies as well as exercise and other complementary therapies like acupuncture, speech and language therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. - Davis Phinney Foundation
“You have Parkinson’s.” An estimated 60,000 people in the US hear these three words each year, setting them on a journey that, for so many, is filled with more questions than answers, especially in the beginning. " - Davis Phinney Foundation
Parkinson's Foundation - Plan for the next hospital stay.
Get Your Aware in Care Kit
The Aware in Care kit includes tools and information that will help people with Parkinson's and their families plan for the next hospital stay.
Pets and PD
Service dogs may be able to make life easier for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
Prescription drug assistance programs
You may find it necessary to get help paying for prescriptions even after enrolling in Medicare Drug Coverage (Part D). For example, you may reach the annual spending limit and enter what is called the coverage gap. Here are some tips to consider if you think you might need to get help with the costs of prescription drug coverage.
Sleep and PD
The brain changes that are part of PD can also cause sleep difficulties and some people have problems sleeping even before movement symptoms develop and PD is diagnosed.
Some PD medications can disrupt sleep. Others make people sleepy during the day. Not surprisingly, sleep-related symptoms are reported by more than 75 percent of people with PD.
Surgery and PD
People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) sometimes face procedures or surgeries due to other medical conditions not related to PD. These could be relatively simple procedures such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy, common surgeries such as cataract removal, gall bladder removal or hernia repair, or more complex surgeries such as open-heart surgery or transplant surgery.
The SteadyMouse Project
SteadyMouse is assistive software, designed from the ground up to be your fierce ally against Essential Tremor and the variants that often accompany Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.
What is Parkinson's?
There is no simple way to deal with the life-changing event of a Parkinson’s diagnosis. The good news: Most people find acceptance and quality of life after the initial adjustment period.
What are some tips to increase communication with others?
Some tips to improve communication include:
Choose a quiet, low-noise space. Turn off televisions, radios and other devices that create distracting background noise.
Use short phrases. Say one or two words or syllables per breath.
Plan periods of vocal rest before planned conversations or phone calls. Know that fatigue significantly affects your ability to speak. Techniques that work in
the morning might not work later in the day.
Keep your throat hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Don’t drink beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. Use a humidifier if the air in your home is dry.
Try to sit in an upright posture, with a straight chin, slightly lifted neck to improve airflow from lungs to your vocal cords.
If you are naturally soft spoken and your voice has become low or harder to hear for others, consider using an amplifier.
What are the stages of Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease (PD) impacts people in different ways. Not everyone will experience all the symptoms of PD; even if people do, they won’t necessarily experience the symptoms in quite the same order or at the same intensity.
What is Parkinson's disease
Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects movement. It is caused by the loss of nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical that helps to control movement.
Who is likely to get PD?
Parkinson’s disease affects both men and women. Currently, about 50% more men are affected than women.
Why is this? There are theories that estrogen may cause women to develop the disease less frequently, and when they do, they seem to get a milder case. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates about 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease each year in the U.S. However, this number may be higher due to the fact that many people in the early stages of PD
assume their symptoms are due to aging and do not seek medical attention. Complicating the diagnosis is that symptoms of Parkinson's resemble other diseases and there is no one definitive test to diagnose it.
Will my children get Parkinson's? Should I get them tested?
It has been said that accurate genetic diagnosis and treatment will occur along with increased knowledge of the genetic code. Many of you want to know the probability of passing PD along to your children and grandchildren. The vast majority of people with Parkinson’s do not have mutated genes and therefore do not pass them along.
Will supplements and vitamins cure or slow down Parkinson's Disease?
The ingestion of cocoanut oil, cinnamon, Omega-3 fish oil, pure oxygen, Vitamin C and E, Glutathione, CoQ-10, nicotinamide, riboflavin, acetlyl carnitine, lipoic acid, St. John’s Wort, Ginko Biloba, creatine, and Alkaline water, have not yet been shown in scientific, peer-reviewed studies to be beneficial to Parkinson’s patients.
Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD)
Young onset Parkinson's
Young Onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) occurs in people younger than 50 years of age. Most people with idiopathic, or typical, PD develop symptoms at 50 years of age or older.
YOPD affects about four percent of the one million people with PD in the United States. Symptoms are similar to late onset PD but it is important to understand the challenges YOPD individuals often face at a financial, family and employment levels.