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2021 Parkinson’s Symposium On-Demand

Earlier this year, UF Health and the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases hosted its annual Parkinson’s Symposium virtually for the first time ever. Many thanks to our speakers, participants and the Parkinson’s Foundation sponsor who supported this program. For those who missed the program, we…

Romance and Intimacy in Parkinson’s Disease

February is known as the month of love.  With the popular holiday, Valentine’s day, this month often encourages people to express their love for their loved ones and reminds romantic partners to re-focus on their relationships. However, research shows that a diagnosis of a neurodegenerative condition, such as Parkinson’s disease…

Managing Visual Contrast Changes

People living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can have functional impacts in many facets of their day, ranging from mobility, self-care, sleep and many more.  PD affects many parts of an individual in both motor and non-motor capacities. Recently, researchers have begun to study in the impact that PD has…

Managing Freezing of Gait

Written by : Ali Kraus, PT, DPT, NCS and Kim Patton, PT, DPT, modified from original post of Meredith Defranco, PT, DPT What is Freezing of Gait Freezing occurs when…

The Mediterranean Diet and Parkinson’s Disease

Written by: Elena Smith, UF Dietetic Intern, Carley Rusch, MS, RDN, LDN & Matthew Beke, MS, RDN, LDN If you or someone you know has Parkinson’s disease (PD), you may have wondered what the best diet is for a person with PD. The 2015-2020 USDA Dietary Guidelines for…

Caregiver Digest July-August 2020

Contributed by Kathy Mason Coffee Break: The emotional Roller coaster of Caregiving According to AARP, six in 10 caregivers provide care for adults with a long term physical condition such…

The Importance of Oral Care in Parkinson’s Disease

By: Lindsay Arena, MA, CF-SLP Swallowing dysfunction is frequent in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is commonly associated with aspiration pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in PD. Aspiration pneumonia is a bacterial infection in the lungs that occurs when saliva, food, liquid, or regurgitated material enters the…

Maintaining Function with Parkinson’s Disease During COVID-19

Navigating Parkinson’s Disease (PD)can be a challenge. However, with the recent Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), staying healthy and safe can be additionally challenging.  To minimize the functional impact that this pandemic has caused on one’s physical and mental well-being, it is important to follow these simple, practical strategies for success.

Exercise videos for Parkinson disease and other movement disorders

During this time when we are at home more than usual and getting to rehab visits is difficult, getting exercise is even more important. One of our interns, Jillian, made 4 videos for our movement disorder patients to help them stay active and flexible while at home. As with any…