When Davis Phinney was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 40, he and his wife, Connie Carpenter Phinney, began a new…
This November, our final Victory Summit® Event for 2020 brought together people with Parkinson’s, care partners, family members, and wellness professionals for a day of information, inspiration, and connection. The Victory Summit – Boise event featured sessions from experts in physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy, as well as information about resources, including support groups and exercise classes, in the Boise area.
Dr. Cherian Karunapuzha explains how drinking a glass of water when you take your levodopa helps "flush" the medicine from your stomach to your small intestine, where it is absorbed. Drinking a glass of water and taking your levodopa on an otherwise empty stomach will ensure that more of the medication is absorbed, giving you the full benefit of the levodopa.
In this interview, Lisa Skandali, an MSc graduate of Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, shares her research on the subject of service dogs for people with Parkinson’s and Lewy Body Dementia and how service dogs can support people with Parkinson’s.
In Spring 2018, Dr. Laurie Santos taught “Psychology and the Good Life” for the first time at Yale. She created this course because she was worried about the levels of student depression, anxiety, and stress she was seeing as a Professor and Head of College. It became the most popular class ever taught at Yale. Dr. Santos recently sat down with us to talk about how to live a “Good Life” while also living with Parkinson’s. Afterwards, Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney helped us debrief what we learned and opened the floor for questions.
Professor Bastiaan Bloem is a medical director and consultant neurologist at the Department of Neurology, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He recently sat down with us to share his thoughts on what he calls “the Parkinson’s Pandemic” and why he believes “this is a time for hope” for people living with Parkinson’s.
Should you or shouldn’t you apply for disability? Short-term or long-term? Do you even have a choice? Applying and receiving disability benefits can be a complicated, confusing, and highly frustrating process. As can figuring out insurance, Medicare, and everything else that involves navigating the healthcare system. Luckily our YOPD Council has a lot to offer on these topics.
Held in October 2020, our Albany Victory SUMMIT® Event was a moving day of information and inspiration. The online educational event featured engaging presentations from leading movement disorder neurologists and therapists from around the country. Attendees felt motivated and armed with tools to take action in their own treatment and to improve their quality of life, and you can, too. Here, we're sharing videos from the event's presentations so everyone has access to the speakers' advice for living well with Parkinson's.
Along with our special guest Davis Phinney, our YOPD Council recently shared advice and personal stories about the many ways…
Melissa Tafoya advocates for people with Parkinson's and proves that you don't have to know what you're doing or where you're going in order to take the first step.