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A personal trainer for Parkinson’s exercise

The benefits of exercise for the general population are well recognised. They include preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of chronic illness, decreasing stress and generally boosting wellbeing. However, people living with Parkinson’s benefit far more from exercise than the average person in the street. Specific benefits for the Parkinson’s…


Handwriting and Parkinson’s

People living with Parkinson’s have difficulty in controlling movement because of chemical changes taking place in their brains. This can make fine motor skills like writing more difficult. As a result, their handwriting can look small and cramped. The medical term for this is Micrographia which literally means ‘small handwriting’. Individual…


Tips for self-care over Christmas

Self Care for the Festive Season The Festive Season is a time of joy and celebration. However, it can also be a time of stress, anxiety and difficult to cope with. Your usual routines will probably change as you host family members, mingle with neighbours, meet new people, and catch up…


New Parkinson’s nurse announced for Tweed Heads

People living with Parkinson’s disease in the Tweed region of northern NSW are set to benefit from the appointment of a Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Northern NSW Local Health District and Parkinson’s NSW was signed on Tuesday,10 December in Tweed Heads. The position is being funded by…


The impact of Parkinson’s

Help for today ... hope for tomorrow Parkinson's disease impacts more than the individual. It impacts family members, carers, work colleagues, health professionals and places significant burden on Australian society as a whole. It is now estimated that there are 212,000 Australians living with Parkinson's and it is expected to…


Volunteer as a Christmas Gift Wrapper

Parkinson’s NSW are on the hunt for Christmas gift wrapping volunteers for Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December at Macquarie Shopping Centre in North Ryde. Shoppers have the opportunity to have their gifts wrap in return for a donation to Parkinson’s NSW. 3-4 hour volunteering shifts are available and no…


Consider a personal trainer for Parkinson’s exercise

The benefits of exercise for the general population are well recognised. They include preventing heart disease, reducing the risk of chronic illness, decreasing stress and generally boosting wellbeing. However, people living with Parkinson’s benefit far more from exercise than the average person in the street. Specific benefits for the Parkinson’s…


Benefits of a Home Medicines Review

What is a Home Medicines Review? Clinical Pharmacist Ben Basger has some advice for people living with Parkinson’s: request a Home Medicines Review every 12 months. “Anyone taking five medications or more should request regular reviews by a third party,” said Ben. “This involves an independent pharmacist taking an overview…


Win a car while supporting people living with Parkinson’s

  Win a car while supporting people living with Parkinson’s Parkinson’s NSW is delighted to announce that our Kiama Parkinson’s Support Group has been generously selected as a beneficiary of a raffle being hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Kiama and Gerringong. Funds raised will support the costs of the…


Getting the word out

Getting the word out in Parkinson’s Awareness Month Parkinson’s NSW and 24 Support Groups undertook 33 activities to build awareness and raise funds in April, Parkinson’s Awareness Month. This year the activities included information stands, craft stalls, quizzes, morning teas and lunches, a cocktail party and an awareness walk. Support…


Behind the scenes of Unity Walk

Unity Walk in the Park is the major annual fundraising initiative of Parkinson’s NSW to support vital research and services for people affected by Parkinson’s. Everyone is welcome as walkers and supporters – friends, family, work mates, kids, and pets – particularly dogs. It is a great opportunity to come…


Sinemet® Medication Shortage

Sinemet® Shortage Recommendations Sinemet® (levodopa/carbidopa) is a medication commonly used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as other neurological disorders. From 23 August 2018, there has been an international supply shortage of various formulations of Sinemet® including:  Sinemet® 250/25 immediate release  Sinemet ® 100/25 immediate release…


Tai Chi and Parkinson’s

Tai Chi helps those with Parkinson’s to live well Tai Chi, more correctly known as Taijiquan, is a traditional Chinese exercise and martial art practice composed of flowing and graceful movements.  Tai Chi focuses on calming the mind and using mental intention, body mechanics and internal energy to drive its…


Exercise cuts Parkinson’s risk for men

Current research says that men who aren’t physically active are at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s. It is timely to discuss this because it is Men’s Health Week in mid-June, and its theme is: Keeping boys and men healthy. We know that exercise is second only to medication in the…


Parkinson’s NSW research presented at World Parkinson Congress

Research by Parkinson’s NSW, Charles Sturt University and the Mid North Coast Local Health District has been recognised with an invitation to present at the prestigious 5th World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto, Japan, in June. [caption id="attachment_4220" align="alignleft" width="225"] Parkinson's NSW nurse Vince Carroll and Assoc Prof Rachel Rossiter[/caption] “The…


Shaken not Stirred

Shaken not Stirred By Lisa Ride This poem is about my condition; I hate to call it a disease But that’s the way they label it, and you can tell that I’m displeased See, I’m only in my fifties; the time when most folks plan their life With cruises down…


Parkinson’s NSW to become NDIS provider

The application process for Parkinson’s NSW to become a Registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Provider is underway and expected to be complete before mid year. Once this process is complete, we plan to register as a provider of services under My Aged Care as well. This will enable Parkinson’s…


Colour My World

An accomplished artist recently showed his work in an exhibition called Colour my World at Grafton Regional Gallery. His name is David Carroll and he is living with Parkinson’s. David – now in his early seventies – was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago but he recognised some symptoms as…


Question time with a Parkinson’s researcher

Associate Professor Kay Double is based at The Brain and Mind Centre of The University of Sydney. She is a neurochemist who has been researching Parkinson’s for 25 years. Her work focuses on understanding why specific brain cells die in Parkinson’s disease so more targeted treatments can be developed. Q:…


Finding a cure for Parkinson’s

When will a cure be found? When will life with Parkinson’s be better? There’s now a whole body of research done by researchers which we can tap into. That’s going to make discoveries in Parkinson’s move faster.” Among all the questions raised by Parkinson’s, I suspect these two are the…


Ellyse Perry Pitches in for Parkinson’s

Cricket champion Ellyse Perry honoured by Newman’s Own Foundation Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, has announced that champion cricketer Ellyse Perry is one of seven Australian sports stars being acknowledged in a special charity grants program. In recognition of her ongoing commitment to…


NSW Seniors Festival 2019

With NSW Seniors Festival starting from 13th till 24th February we have put together some top picks for this year. There are many more activities and events across the state so be sure to search on your local council website and the NSW Seniors Festival website for what’s happening near…


$30 million grant for Parkinson’s medical research

Australian Government grant of $30 million for Parkinson’s medical research The Facts On 30 January Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced funding of $30 million for a five-year research program to evaluate the effectiveness of existing drugs in treating Parkinson’s. The drug trial funding has been granted to the Australian…


Parkinson’s Nurse appointed in Port Macquarie

[caption id="attachment_3793" align="alignleft" width="212"] Port Macquarie Parkinson's NSW nurse Rachael Mackinnon[/caption] People with Parkinson’s disease in the Port Macquarie area are set to benefit from the appointment of a specialist neurological nurse trained in the care and treatment of people with the neurodegenerative condition. The appointment of a Parkinson’s nurse…

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