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Care partner Resources

Davis Phinney Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation Care Partner Program is designed with care partners in mind and is recommended for anyone caring for someone living with PD, including spouses, partners, children or friends. 

The Care Partner Program: Building a Care Partnership

This Series of Online Courses for Family Care Partners are: Completely Free and available for anyone with an internet connection

Self Paced – each can be completed in 1-2 hours in a single sitting or spread out over days, weeks or months

Designed by the Care Partner Program Committee, made up of current and former Parkinson’s Care Partners


APDA REaources for care partners

Dance? Why should people with Parkinson's dance?

Dancing Your Way to a Better Quality of Life with Parkinson's

Dancing Helps People With Parkinson's Disease

“You get a sense of your body and are pushing your body to do things you con’t think you can accomplish,” says Brown, who was diagnosed in 2008 with the neuro­degenerative disease. “There is something about the music and movement together that seems to help at a different level. … I come out of the class feeling energized and relaxed, all at the same time, and ready to move.”

Evidence from more than 40 peer-reviewed scientific studies serves to underpin the effectiveness and benefits of the Dance for PD teaching approach. The program has been featured in such media channels as The New York Times, USA Today, NBC, CNN, NPR, and The Guardian and has received multiple awards for its groundbreaking work.

Davis Phinney Foundation Every Victory Counts® manual

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  • Essential information about Parkinson’s plus dozens of topics that are frequently overlooked but critical to helping you live well

  • Insights from more than 50 Parkinson’s experts, including physicians, therapists, and scientists who share cutting edge research, strategies, and ideas for living well with Parkinson’s

  • Advice and inspiration from dozens of people living well with Parkinson’s today

  • In-depth information about exercise, nutrition, emotional health, medication, therapies, and more

Diet and Nutrition

M. J. Fox Foundation

No one diet can treat Parkinson's disease, but medication might require mealtime considerations and dietary changes may help ease certain symptoms. Your physician or a dietitian can design a healthy, balanced diet to fit your needs and improve well-being.


Dyskinesia is involuntary, irregular movement that can occur as a complication of long-term levodopa use combined with a longer course of Parkinson's disease (PD). It doesn't happen in everyone, and it occurs to different degrees. In some people, it may be painful or bothersome. Others actually prefer the extra movement of dyskinesia to being rigid or otherwise unable to move because of PD. (Dyskinesia is typically present when other Parkinson's symptoms, such as tremor and stiffness, are under good control.) If dyskinesia occurs, medication adjustments may help.

Watch the video to learn about why dyskinesia occurs, how it's currently treated and what research is ongoing to find better treatments. -

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Newly Diagnosed

Parkinson's Foundation - Plan for the next hospital stay.

Research has found that three out of four people with Parkinson’s do not receive medications on time when staying in the hospital, and that when this occurs two out of three will experience unnecessary complications.

With more frequent hospital visits and a high sensitivity to the timing and dosing of PD medications, people with Parkinson’s face great risks in the hospital.

At the Parkinson’s Foundation, it is our mission to help people with Parkinson’s disease live better lives, and that includes staying safe while in the hospital. We want to help people affected by PD to be “Aware in Care,” which means they:

  • Understand the risks associated with hospital stays.

  • Have tools to play an active role in their care.

  • Are prepared for a hospital visit, whether planned or unplanned.

  • Have a plan to get the best possible care in the hospital.

There are three easy ways to get these life-saving resources:

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Sleep and PD 

Ask a group of people with Parkinson’s Disease how many hours of sleep they get per night and you may be in for a surprise. One study found that persons with Parkinson’s disease averaged just over 5 hours of sleep per night, and woke up twice as many times as adults of similar age without Parkinson’s disease did. Reasons for decreased sleep are varied.

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Fatigue and trouble sleeping can come from Parkinson's, its symptoms or the medications used to treat them. There are many approaches to managing fatigue and sleep changes, and researchers are working toward better treatments.


The SteadyMouse Project

Go steady with your mouse again!

SteadyMouse is assistive software, designed from the ground up to be your fierce ally against Essential Tremor and the variants that often accompany Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

By detecting and removing shaking motion before it reaches your cursor, and by blocking accidental clicks, the entire mouse experience goes from a chaotic battle to an enjoyable reality.

What is Parkinson's?

M. J. Fox  Parkinson's 101

APDA - Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. The progression of symptoms is often a bit different from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease.

Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD)


In everyone with Parkinson's, both genetic changes and environmental factors likely contribute, to different degrees, to cause the disease. In younger people, especially those who have multiple family members with Parkinson's, genetics may play a larger role. Certain genetic mutations (in the PRKN gene, for example) are associated with an increased risk of young-onset PD. If you have YOPD (and particularly if you have a family history of Parkinson's), you may consider genetic testing to see if you carry one of these mutations.


Finding hope through local young onset support groups

Olivia was so young when her symptoms began that she never attributed them to anything serious. It started with weakness in her hands and poor dexterity, then progressed to muscle tension and spasms. Her grandmother, who had Parkinson’s disease herself, pointed out to Olivia that she had a tremor. Then, at only 24 years old, Olivia was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease.


A variety of treatments exist to help you manage YOPD symptoms. There are many behaviors you have control over. As our founder, Davis Phinney, says, “You cannot afford to be passive in your approach, whether we are talking about your day to day management or your interaction with your health care provider.”

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