Parkinson’s Regeneration Training in Alabama

PAA is pleased to announce a Parkinsons’s Regeneration Training workshop on Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Atmore Community Hospital. This interactive workshop for fitness, wellness, and medical professionals, along with those affected by Parkinson’s Disease, will first provide participants with a better understanding of the following:

  • Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and its symptoms
  • How PD may affect overall functionality and quality of life
  • How to help reduce or eliminate falls & injury through exercise programming
  • Retraining the brain for better movement and multi-tasking abilities

Further, through hands-on application, participants will learn advanced risk assessments and optimal exercises, concepts, and techniques to help PD patients reduce falls and improve the following:

  • Flexibility
  • Balance / Stability / Agility
  • Strength
  • Breathing capacity
  • Posture
  • Cognitive & dual tasking abilities
  • Mobility and movement
  • Overall functionality

EARLY BIRD PRICING FOR FITNESS PROFESSIONALS: $149 ($149 through August 1, 2017. $175 beginning August 2, 2017) People with PD and Caregivers: $69/person or $109/couple.

To register or learn more, visit www.parkinsonsregenerationtraining.com.

Visual system changes that may signal parkinson’s disease

Changes in the visual systems of newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease patients may provide important biomarkers for the early detection and monitoring of the disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

“Just as the eye is a window into the body, the visual system is a window into brain disorders,” said lead researcher Alessandro Arrigo, M.D., a resident in ophthalmology at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele of Milan, Italy.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition caused by neuronal loss in several brain structures. Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremors, rigidity or stiffness throughout the body, and impaired balance and coordination.

“Although Parkinson’s disease is primarily considered a motor disorder, several studies have shown non-motor symptoms are common across all stages of the disease,” Dr. Arrigo said. “However, these symptoms are often undiagnosed because patients are unaware of the link to the disease and, as a result, they may be under-treated.”

Non-motor symptoms experienced by patients with Parkinson’s disease include visual alterations such as an inability to perceive colors, a change in visual acuity, and a decrease in blinking which can lead to dry eye. Read more…

Source: Science Daily

Tanner Foundation Neurological Conference

The Tanner Foundation for Neurological Diseases will host its annual Neurological Conference on October 3, 2017 from 8am – 4pm at the Canterbury Methodist Church conference facility in Birmingham.

Approved CEU tracks will be available – ALS, MS and Parkinson’s Disease – with experts from each field of practice speaking in regard to the latest update in diagnosis and treatment practice parameters. For example, a new medication has been approved for ALS – the first medication in over 20 years, which is very exciting and encouraging.

Click this link to register for the conference or obtain additional information.

Online Survey Participants Needed: Alabama PD Patients and Caregivers

Find a Cure Panel (FACP) specializes in patient research for rare and serious diseases and they have some confidential and anonymous online research for people and caregivers with PD. If you complete the survey, FACP will donate $50 to the Parkinson’s Association of Alabama.

The completed survey is tracked anonymously off the customized link below.

To qualify for this online survey,

1)      You or your loved must have had PD for 5+ years;

2)      a) Your or your loved one must have or had experience with DBS OR b) be currently on Sinemet or Rytary or their generics.

3)      PD must have some impact on your life. If you have NO off time then you will not qualify for this research.

4)      It’s best to take the survey on a computer/ipad/tablet and NOT a smart phone.

If you are interested in participating, please click on the survey link below.

Survey link

https://www.sampleczar.com/survey/SC_RD.aspx?supplier_id=5096

If you have any questions about participating, please email FACP at info@findacurepanel.com