Articles tagged with: Parkinson’s

Mobility and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is officially classified as a movement disorder that causes problems with both controlling and initiating movement. Among the challenges someone living with PD faces is muscle rigidity, balance problems, shuffling gait, slowed movement, and an inability to control smooth muscle functions. The tremors and shaking we commonly associate with the disease are caused by this loss of control.

While there is unfortunately no cure for Parkinson’s disease, lifestyle changes, medication and adaptive equipment can help manage the symptoms.

Exercise is Critical to Managing Parkinson’s

Getting regular exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily … read more

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Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms and Treatments

Posted by: The Bristal

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease that occurs when your body stops producing enough of a chemical called dopamine. In a normally functioning human brain, neurons produce the dopamine needed to relay messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Those messages are responsible for coordinating smooth muscle movements. When more than 60% of these neurons are damaged, brain cells become impaired. The result is neurodegeneration and Parkinson’s. The majority of people who develop the disease are over the age of 50. PD is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. While there … read more

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Mayo Clinic Development: Device May Help Parkinson’s Patients Walk

Posted by: The Bristal

Parkinson’s disease (PD) has become the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S. One million people in this country live with the disease and 60,000 more are diagnosed with it each year. Parkinson’s is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Alzheimer’s disease is the only neurodegenerative disease that leads to more deaths than PD. That is why a new laser device developed by researchers at the Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville, Florida site is of so much interest to so many.

What causes walking to be difficult for those with Parkinson’s disease?

One of the most frustrating struggles people … read more

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The Bristal Donates Thousands of Dollars

Posted by: The Bristal

This season, The Bristal donated thousands of dollars to three important charities as a result of so many people sharing and Liking our Pay-It-Forward Facebook posts. Click to read about our Pay It Forward Campaign.

The Arthritis Foundation and The National Parkinson Foundation participated by Liking and sharing The Bristal posts with their own Fans on Facebook, boosting our Likes and increasing the ultimate donations.

The Bristal made the following donations in the wake of this effort. The base amounts were calculated at one dollar per Post Like to each organization below… and then some.

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Employment and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

One of the many challenges for someone living with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is figuring out how to deal with the matter of employment. The ability to work, how long they will be able to work, and whether or not they will be discriminated against if they inform their employer about their condition are the most common concerns expressed by people with Parkinson’s.

 

Working with Parkinson’s Disease

As is the case with almost every issue related to a diagnosis of PD, the ability to maintain employment will vary by individual. The majority of people go on to work for … read more

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The Bristal Supports the National Parkinson Foundation

Posted by: The Bristal

60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. One million people in the United States and six million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s. These numbers are expected to climb significantly over the next 20 years as the number of older adults in the U.S. continues to grow.

Since 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on improving Parkinson’s care through research, education and outreach. NPF has funded over $172 million in services, research and care to support these goals. read more

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Ibuprofen Protects Against Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Readers,

For this entry, and the next, I’ve held off on answering your questions to pass along a couple of interesting tips I’ve recently come across. The benefit of doing all the reading I do is running into fabulous tidbits of information to help seniors and their loved ones make the most of their lives every day… and these quick notes help do just that. Here’s the first one. Look for another tip in a few days. Enjoy!

Ibuprofen Protects Against Parkinson’s Disease
In the March 2nd issue of “Neurology,” a doctor at the Harvard Medical School, Xiang Goa, M.D., has reported … read more

Posted in: Dear Maryellen, Lifestyle Blog, Senior Care
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