The Future of Parkinson’s Disease Treatments – UPDATE

The Parkinson’s disease (PD) research community is extremely eager to find a medication that is disease modifying or neuroprotective (meaning it protects the nerve cells from damage or degeneration). There have been many attempts over the past number of years to demonstrate through clinical trials that particular compounds have neuroprotective effects but to date, these attempts have […]

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New and innovative Parkinson’s disease research being funded by APDA

NEW, INNOVATIVE PARKINSON’S DISEASE RESEARCH BEING FUNDED BY APDA On September 1, 2021, APDA announced our research grantees for the year ahead. Our grant recipients are working tirelessly to understand the complexities of Parkinson’s disease in an effort to develop new treatments and eventually, a cure, and we are honored to support their work. This […]

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Lower back pain and Parkinson’s disease

Lower back pain and Parkinson’s disease Lower back pain is an extremely common problem in the general population, as well as for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It tends to make moving more difficult, adding to the challenges of PD. Tim Nordahl, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Boston University gave an excellent presentation as […]

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Nia Technique, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais Method: Mindful movement-based practices for Parkinson’s disease

Mindful movement-based practices are popular complementary therapies in Parkinson’s disease (PD), defined as healing practices involving movement of the body while focusing on the mind. They are performed in addition to standard therapies with the goal of improving quality of life. Many of you probably have heard of yoga and tai chi, but there are […]

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What types of exercise are best for people with Parkinson’s disease?

In last week’s blog, we addressed the reasons why it is vital for people with Parkinson’s disease to exercise, including (but not limited to) improving particular motor and non-motor symptoms such as impaired balance, gait disorders, depression, and cognition. Today, we will tackle another important question – what types of exercise are most beneficial to […]

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Why exercise is critical for people with Parkinson’s disease

The Benefits of Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease Your family and friends are constantly encouraging you to exercise. Your doctors tell you that exercise is a vital component of Parkinson’s disease (PD) treatment. APDA programming includes exercise programs as a way for people with PD to gain control over their disease. But is exercise worth all […]

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Occupational Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease: Tips and Tricks

How to treat Parkinson’s disease symptoms with occupational therapy Parkinson’s disease (PD) can introduce all types of challenges into your daily life, including those that interfere with simple activities that you used to take for granted – such as eating, writing, and using a cell phone. Sometimes medication changes can help you move more easily, […]

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A Post-COVID World With Parkinson’s Disease

Since March 2020, we have been navigating the strange COVID-19 reality, a reality that kept shifting and continues to keep shifting. The impact of COVID-19 affected every part of our lives. First and foremost, it changed how we interacted with friends and family, but also changed how we shopped, how we exercised, how we gathered, […]

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How Parkinson’s Disease Researchers Get Funding for Their Work

Learn more about how Parkinson’s research grant proposals are created, from inception to submission to APDA Every May, APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board  (SAB) meets to choose the research grants that APDA will fund in the upcoming fiscal year. APDA’s SAB is comprised of highly successful scientists with a broad range of backgrounds and expertise in […]

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Impaired Balance and Falls in People with Parkinson’s Disease

Balance Impairment and Falls in Parkinson’s Disease One of the most challenging symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that fundamentally affects quality of life is balance impairment that can lead to falls. Falls are one of the major causes of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for people with PD, so finding ways to prevent as many […]

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