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8th annual Season of Hope Walk & Run coming on December 8th

The Season of Hope 5k and 15k Run is coming up on December 8th at the Hawthorne Trail. The run starts at 9AM and registration at the event starts at 7:15 AM. You can register for the run, volunteer, donate, or just learn more at the Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure website. We hope…

Updated Gainesville Support Group Information

Support Groups! We’ve updated the flyers for these local support groups. Young Onset Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Patients and their Caregivers Essential Tremor Fronto-Temporal Dementia Download the Gainesville Support Group Flyers

Join us for the 2014 UF Health Parkinson Disease Symposium on April 5th

Our 12th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium for Patients, Caregivers, & Health Professionals will be Saturday, April 5th at the Alachua County Senior Center. Address: 5701 N.W. 34th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32653 Map We’ll start with registration from 8am to 9am. Coffee, tea, and a light breakfast will be available until 10am. The first talk will start at…

Tablet/iPad Apps for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Using your tablet or other mobile device can be a great resource for compensatory strategies and training at home.  There are thousands of applications (apps) that you can find by searching on your device, so here are some tips to find some particularly helpful ones. Look for apps that keep you informed on your diagnosis…

UF Graduate Student Finds Pupils Normal, But Eye Movements Impaired in Parkinson

University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration graduate student Jenna Dietz studied the pupils, and also eye movements in Parkinson’s disease patients.  Jenna, a member of the Bower’s lab published her findings in Neuropsychologia.  Interestingly eye movements, but not pupil responses were impaired in the Parkinson’s group while viewing pictures designed to elicit…

A Promising Therapeutic Approach for Parkinson’s Disease?

This article is  a recent review on a potential new research approach for developing a new therapy for Parkinson’s disease.  The abstract from pubmed is provided below: Neurotox Res. 2012 Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print] Modulating Microglia Activity with PPAR-γ Agonists: A Promising Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease? Carta AR, Pisanu A. Source Department of Biomedical Sciences, University…

Tips and Strategies for Manipulating Buttons and Zippers

Explore adaptive device Button Hooks with zipper pulls Attach rings to the ends of the zipper to increase size of zipper Use velcro on the inside of your clothing instead of buttons Try adaptive strategies Leave shirt buttoned to pull on and off Wear clothing with elastic waist bands versus buttons For belt loops, loop…

Parkinson’s Disease Dementia tips for caregivers

Tips and suggestions for encouraging success for persons with Parkinson’s Disease Dementia  (PDD). Prevent overstimulation Keep the environment simple and quiet Ensure that background noises are kept at a minimal level (TVs, talking, dishwasher, etc.) Keep frequently used rooms free of clutter and with minimal distracting photos Use simple words-do not over speak 2.  Don’t…

Energy Conservation for Parkinson’s patients

Why is it that a decline in energy is common with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s?                 There are a variety of factors that can lead to an increase in fatigue with Parkinson’s, including: stress, muscle stiffness, impaired sleep, depression and even certain medications.  Parkinson’s symptoms create a decrease in efficiency of the body to move…