Health and Wellness

11 Facts About Parkinson’s Disease You May Not Know

Most people know of Parkinson’s disease and have a good idea of its symptoms, but very few know much more than that about this progressive illness. Since April is Parkinson’s disease awareness month, we’ve put together some simple stats and facts that you can share near and far. This post appeared first on Parkinson’s News Today. With help from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation,, and, here are 11 facts […]

11 Facts About Parkinson’s Disease You May Not Know

10 Organizations That Support Parkinson’s Disease Patients and Their Families

10 Organizations That Support Parkinson’s Disease Patients and Their Families

If you’re struggling with Parkinson’s disease or know someone who is, it’s incredibly helpful to have a list of organizations that can support you or your loved one along the way. The following is not an exhaustive list, but hopefully it will prove to be a helpful resource. The post 10 Organizations That Support Parkinson’s Disease Patients and Their Families appeared first on Parkinson’s News […]

Can Stress Cause Parkinson’s?

Read more Conclusion “We speculate that chronic emotional stress may cause dopaminergic cell loss in susceptible individuals and propose that functional somatic syndromes are commonly seen in patients with PD. Dopaminergic dysfunction with abnormalities in striato–thalamo–cortical brain circuits may be the shared underlying cause.”

Can Stress Cause Parkinson’s?

Dance Through PD Class – Every Tues at 1:00 starting June 6, 2017

Dance Through PD Class – Every Tues at 1:30 starting June 6, 2017

Dance Through Parkinson’s View printable flyer Dance Through Parkinson  “The classes help me feel physically better, which helps my mood. It helps with my balance and gait issues. I have met many new friends with PD at varying levels of PD. It helps me be hopeful. The classes are a good challenge, but generally within my PD capabilities.” –Parkinson’s dance participant CLASSES START TUESDAY, […]

April 29, 2017 – Fox Trot for Parkinson’s Research – Glens Falls

5K/10K/Run/Walk/Kids Fun Run Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9:00AM Betar Byway (First Street), South Glens Falls, NY 5K and 10K Race start together at 9:00am and Kids race (1 mile) will be at 8:30am Long Sleeve Tech Shirts, Finisher Medals and Swag Bags for 5K and 10K participants 5K race $25 and 10K race $30 Day of Race Registration will increase by […]

Knocking out Parkinson’s one punch at a time

Video of local boxing class ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — As many as 1 million people live with Parkinson’s disease in America. Now, a new exercise program is energizing patients diagnosed with the movement disorder and renewing hope among patients.

Positive Thinking may improve health and extend life

“Look on the sunny side of life.” “Turn your face toward the sun, and the shadows will fall behind you.” “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.” “See the glass as half-full, not half-empty.” Researchers are finding that thoughts like these, the hallmarks of people sometimes called “cockeyed optimists,” can do far more than raise […]

Food and nutrition in PD

Watch the video: Food for Thought: Diet & Nutrition in PD – Dr. Laurie Mischley, ND, PhD, MPH

Parkinson’s Patients Could Dance Their Way to Better Health

A recent article in the Harvard Gazette suggests dance as a potential treatment for neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD). Imaging studies have identified several brain regions involved in the complex, rhythmical, and coordinated movements that constitute dance. The motor cortex is — as with other kinds of voluntary movement — involved in planning, controlling, and executing dance moves. Read more

Online video gallery

Partners in Parkinson’s has opened a video gallery online to help educate people about the disease and to support services to Parkinson’s patients worldwide. The group is also planning to host information events in two U.S. cities this year. The gallery’s aim is to bring essential information to patients that can help improve their care at every stage of Parkinson’s. The events carry a […]

Art Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease

Find Pleasure: Art making should be enjoyable. There is no such thing as a “wrong” mark. Every expression is valid. Experience Control: Art making is an activity in which the artist can experience choice (through color, medium, line, etc.) and control over one’s environment. Value Individuality: Free creation can encourage spontaneity which can, in turn, improve confidence. Express Oneself: An experience of […]

On-line webinar – Transforming Aging Summit – March 7-9, 2017

The Transforming Aging Summit, featuring leaders whose wisdom and work support an empowering vision for aging in today’s world. This powerful 3-day event is taking place March 7-9 – online and on the phone. Discover a new multidimensional view of aging — one of vast potential, infused with vitality, passion and purpose, as well as continual growth and service to the world. […]

Exercise Classes

P4P-Pedaling for Parkinson’s –Saratoga YMCA no charge – Monday & Friday – phone (518) 583-9622 P4P-Duanesburg/Delanson YMCA – Monday’s and Thursday’s (518) 895-9500 member’s free, non-members $6.00. P4P-Southern Saratoga (Clifton Park YMCA) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday- members free, non-members $5.00 – phone (518) 371-2139 P4P-Glenville YMCA –  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday– Members free, non-members $5.00—phone (518) 399-8118 P4P-Troy YMCA – Monday, Wednesday, Friday […]

Prepare for Your Hospital Stay Worksheet

Prepare for Your Hospital Stay Worksheet — Information regarding medications, symptoms and advanced directives in preparation for your hospital stay. Also included is a list of what to inform, ask and know during your hospitalization. View/Download the worksheet here  

7 Ways to Move More During the Day with Parkinson’s Disease

According to a new study from The University of Michigan, increasing everyday physical activity, or puttering, may be enough to help improve Parkinson’s motor symptoms. Puttering may even make a bigger impact than vigorous exercise. Read more

Exercise Can Be a Boon to People With Parkinson’s Disease – NY Times

“The earlier people begin exercising after a Parkinson’s diagnosis, and the higher the intensity of exercise they achieve, the better they are,” Marilyn Moffat, a physical therapist on the faculty of New York University, said. “Many different activities have been shown to be beneficial, including cycling, boxing, dancing and walking forward and backward on a treadmill. If someone doesn’t like one activity, […]

Rock Steady boxing in central NY

ROCK STEADY BOXING CNY A fitness program for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PARKINSON’S DISEASE OPEN HOUSE Saturday January 28th 10 am-1 pm 209 Oswego St #12 (Ponderosa Plaza) Liverpool (315) 622-2332

The benefits of controlled breathing 

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times. Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system. Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. From The New York Times read more

April 19, 2017: Community Dance Through PD Class

A Free Movement Class for persons with Parkinson’s and their families, friends and care partners Wednesday, April 19 1:00 to 2:30 pm The Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center at The Crossings in Colonie 30 Aviation Road Albany, NY 12205 Class is offered free of charge and is led by founding teacher John Heginbotham and teaching artists from Dance Heginbotham. For more […]

National Parkinson Foundation toll-free Helpline

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) runs a toll-free Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO, (473-4636) The lifesaving NPF Helpline, launched in 2010, is staffed by a team of patient-focused nurses, social workers and therapists who answer calls about Parkinson’s disease (PD) in English and in Spanish Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. “NPF’s Helpline links our groundbreaking research to improve the lives of people […]

Financial help from Parkinson’s Wellness Fund

If you have Parkinson’s or are a caregiver for a PWP and can’t afford services or products related to your wellbeing, the Parkinson’s Wellness Fund may be able to help with a grant  

ELISPOON – the bowl of the spoon remains horizontal and keeps the food in place.

Whatever movement of the wrist is performed, the bowl of the spoon remains horizontal and keeps the food in place. The material used is lightweight and strong.  A key characteristic is the spoon’s affordability. There are no electrical components or batteries, making it carry anywhere and to clean. ELISPOON is a product designed and built to ease the life of the users […]

Use the website forum to ask a question or start a discussion

An Internet forum is a discussion area on a website. Website members can post discussions and read and respond to posts by other forum members. A forum can be focused on nearly any subject and a sense of an online community, or virtual community, tends to develop among forum members. A forum usually allows all members to make posts and start new […]

Michael J Fox Foundation, ‘Faces of Parkinson’s’, 2014

Chair Yoga at St. Sophia’s Tuesday

For seniors with mobility issues, there is a “Chair Yoga” class sponsored by NNORC which meets on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The instructors for all three classes are trained and dedicated professionals.   Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m. At St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Road Albany, New York 12208 Tel: (518) […]

Tai Chi class at St. Sophia’s Monday

Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at 9:30 a.m. At St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church 440 Whitehall Road Albany, New York 12208 Tel: (518) 489-4442 (Note: There are no membership fees for this group.) For health and fitness, there are programs that are free. A Monday morning Tai Chi class sponsored by Albany Senior Services which meets at […]

Exercise and Community Events

Weekly: Friday 10:00 AM: Schott’s Boxing  –  21 Vatrano Rd, Albany, NY 12205  (518) 641-9064. This boxing PD activity is in presented in partnership with Hope Soars/Mark Burek (518) 428-0056. Weekly: P4P – Pedaling for Parkinson’s M/W/F @ Bethlehem Y, Delaware Ave. 12 Noon. Call your local YMCA’s for dates & time (perhaps cost) in your area. PWR – PD Wellness Recovery – […]

Parkinson’s News Today – social clips

See short, informative clips from Parkinson’s News Today These and more… Balance and Stride Exercises for Parkinson’s Disease Medication for Managing Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s Quote: Look Beyond Imperfections When you have Parkinson’s disease sometimes you feel imperfect. Maya Angelou once said, “Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

The benefits of Tai Chi

It isn’t every day that an effective new treatment for some Parkinson’s disease symptoms comes along. Especially one that is safe, causes no adverse side effects, and may also benefit the rest of the body and the mind. That’s why I read with excitement and interest a report in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that tai chi may improve balance […]

Exercises for People with Parkinsons

Printable from Parkinsons Canada Advice from Parkinson’s Foundation Videos   patients-guide /exercise and physical therapy Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease – MJ Fox Foundation  

Oregon Research Institute Tai Chi Program helps Parkinson’s Disease Patients

An Oregon Research Institute (ORI) exercise study conducted in four Oregon cities has shown significant benefits for patients with mild-to-moderate Parkinson’s disease. In an original article published in the February 9, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM), ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D. and colleagues report that a tailored program of twice-weekly Tai Chi training resulted in improved postural stability […]

LSVT Loud and LSVT Big – voice and movement treatments

Recent advances in neuroscience have suggested that exercise-based behavioral treatments may improve function and possibly slow progression of motor symptoms in individuals with Parkinson disease (PD). The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Programs for individuals with PD have been developed and researched over the past 20 years beginning with a focus on the speech motor system (LSVT LOUD) and more recently have been […]

Parkinson’s Disease and Diet

Overview No one specific diet is recommended for everyone with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Still, what you eat may impact how well your medication works and can help some of the non-motor symptoms that are associated with PD. For general health and well-being, doctors encourage people with Parkinson’s to follow a balanced diet, which includes whole grains, healthy fats (in foods like nuts, […]


Difficulty swallowing, feelings of nausea or bloating, constipation, and difficulty eliminating are all common symptoms of PD.

LSVT BIG and Hypnotherapy provider

  Introducing Dr. Debra Viertanen I am a LSVT BIG certified physical therapist offering this program to PWP. I have spent 38 years treating People with Parkinsons and have never found a program that works so well. I also have a certification in hypnotherapy. Many PWP have higher anxiety and difficulty sleeping. I offer hypnosis to assist with this. I will begin […]

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation

The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation has The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation mission is simple: Improve the quality of life of people in the PD community right now.

World Parkinson’s Congress 2016

The triennial World Parkinson Congresses provide an international forum for dialogue on the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices, and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson’s disease.

Coffee is your friend

Caffeine-based compounds show promise against Parkinson’s disease Two caffeine-based chemical compounds have been developed that show promise in preventing the ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease attacks the nervous system, causing uncontrolled shakes, muscle stiffness, and slow, imprecise movement, chiefly in middle-aged and elderly people. It is caused by the loss of brain cells (neurons) that produce dopamine, an essential neurotransmitter that […]

Educational Brochures

Information and research about Parkinson’s Disease is changing quickly.  Depending on information that is more than a few years old is not advised. We are not endorsing or guaranteeing the accuracy of any of the supplied links.  We have not created, reviewed (or even read) all of the educational material referenced.  You may find outdated, false of contradictory information. You may want […]

What do major PD resources say about exercise?

Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. For people with Parkinson’s, exercise is more than healthy: it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Read more An exercise program booklet by APDA “Be active”

Preventing falls

If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, here are tips for preventing falls around the home:

Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR)

Looking for a Research-Based Exercise Program Specifically for Those With Parkinson’s? The Capital District YMCA is now offering Parkinson’s Wellness Program (PWP!) Training! The class is neuroplasticity-principled and holds promise to slow disease progression, retire motor function, and increase longevity and quality of life.

PARKINSON’S: stand. freeze? move!

Here’s EZ ways to get “unstuck” or help your Parkinson’s partner or relative when they find themselves struggling to take a step.

The Every Victory Counts® Manual – Davis Phinney Foundation

Essential Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness Unique in the world of Parkinson’s resources, the Every Victory Counts® manual gives people living with Parkinson’s – and their caregivers and family members – the tools they need to take control of their own Parkinson’s treatment through a proactive approach to self-care. Click to read and/or download the book as a PDF […]

On-line resources

These Parkinson’s disease (PD) resources will help you find more information and connect with others living with the condition. Many of these sites will direct you to the latest Parkinson’s disease news and research, as well as opportunities to get involved with local chapters and organizations.

Newly Diagnosed

The following is an excerpt from the book Alter The Course. Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is an unexpected- and unwanted- twist and turn in your life journey. Like any journey there is uncertainty about what lies ahead, how things will change or where your life with PD will take you. 

PD Wellness Recovery

 PD Wellness Recovery – 6 wk classes run independently by local YMCA’s.Bethlehem Y: call (518) 439-4394 for dates/times/cost $$

Ten nutrition tips for living well with Parkinson’s

1) VITAMIN D – Studies have shown widespread deficiency of vitamin D among people with PD; whether it contributes to the development of PD, or is a result of PD, is not yet known. But deficiency is associated with falls and fractures, diabetes, cancers and autoimmune diseases. You may want to ask your doctor to check your Vitamin D level, and take […]

Bone Thinning

As Parkinson’s progresses, mobility challenges become more common, including an increased risk of falls. Unfortunately, studies have shown that people with PD are also at increased risk for bone thinning, a combination that can lead to injury. Therefore, it is especially important for people with PD to eat meals that provide bone-strengthening nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and vitamins D and K. […]

Yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease

Thursdays 10:30 – 11:30 am Honest Weight Co-op 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany NY In our yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease, we will be working with breath, movement, thought, voice, and sound. Through creative use of these branches of yoga, we will seek ease and relief from common issues associated with PD. Caregivers are welcome to participate. The approach will be […]

YMCA Parkinson’s Wellness Program

Looking for a Research-Based Exercise Program Specifically for Those With Parkinson’s? The Capital District YMCA is now offering Parkinson’s Wellness Program (PWP!) Training! The class is neuroplasticity-principled and holds promise to slow disease progression, retire motor function, and increase longevity and quality of life. The class will be led by certified instructors trained in PWP! Fitness, and Gary Z Sobol Parkinson’s Network (GZSPN™) […]

Rock Steady Boxing now in the Central New York area

inside Karate John’s 8072 Brewerton Rd Cicero, NY 13039 1 hour multi-level class for the summer At 1:30pm Monday & Fridays Starting June 17th Additional class will be offered in the fall or as need arises For information and to reserve your spot Contact Jeannette Riley 315-622-2332 Check Website for class information