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COVID-19 vaccine safe for people living with Parkinson’s

STUDY SHOWS COVID-19 VACCINES ARE SAFE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARKINSON’S A study authored by a group of Parkinson’s experts – including neurologist Professor Bastiaan ‘Bas’ Bloem who has a global reputation – says COVID-19 vaccination with approved vaccines should be recommended for people living with Parkinson’s (unless there is…


Community Heroes program continues to generate publicity

Community Heroes program continues to generate publicity The Parkinson’s Community Heroes program launched in April 2021 (Parkinson’s Awareness Month) continues to pay off in publicity and raised community awareness for the 18 Support Groups which participated. The program allowed Support Groups to name heroes who had assisted them in their…


Parkinson’s Nurses in Action – Brian and Barbara Grant

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Exercises to improve gait

Exercises to improve gait Parkinson’s causes changes in walking.  This occurs due to the nervous system not being able to send the messages correctly to the muscles – not the muscles themselves. Therefore, to improve your walking you must give your body stimulus to activate the nerve pathways.  This can…


Bob McDonald Bega Valley Support Group

After 12.5 years as leader, Bob McDonald steps down from leading Bega Valley Support Group   Growing up in the Mallee country of South Australia as one of eight children gave Bob McDonald, now 77, early lessons in hard work and resilience. Bob, who has recently stepped down after 12…


Antioxidants may lower risk of Parkinson’s

Antioxidants may lower risk of Parkinson's By Diana Campelo Delgado, PhD A diet rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and E may lower a person’s risk of developing Parkinson’s, a large long-term study suggests. Titled Dietary antioxidants and the risk of Parkinson Disease – The Swedish National March Cohort the…


Bradykinesia

Bradykinesia = slow movement Bradykinesia implies slow movement and reduced size of movement rather than a drawn out starting of movement. It can affect one limb, or one side or your whole body and changes from moment to moment. With Parkinson's movements become slower, smaller and more difficult, people tend…


Parkinson’s Community Heroes

Parkinson’s Community Heroes off to a good start Parkinson’s NSW this year launched the Parkinson’s Community Heroes program to  both commemorate Parkinson’s Awareness Month and provide opportunities for Support Groups to recognise their local supporters – while also raising their Groups’ profiles within their communities. The Heroes program was designed…


Parkinson’s Nurses in Action – Brian

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s. These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Wellness Wednesday’s

Are you watching our Wellness Wednesday's videos? Wellness Wednesday's videos are hosted by Parkinson’s NSW and feature Exercise Physiologist Alyson Blanks and other Parkinson's health professionals. Topics include short and easy exercises you can do anywhere, nutritional advice, tips on mindfulness and other health matters. You can join in on…


Sleep and Parkinson’s

Sleep and Parkinson’s Disease By Dr. Mark Ryan Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director, neuroCare Clinics Australia Sleep problems long predate the emergence of symptoms of Parkinson’s. They are apparent after the diagnosis has been made in a large majority of people with clinically apparent Parkinson’s. There is a possibility that…


Eye exam could lead to early Parkinson’s diagnosis

Eye Exam Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Diagnosis A simple eye exam combined with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning technology could provide early detection of Parkinson’s,  according to research conducted at the University of Florida in the U.S. The progression of Parkinson’s is characterised by nerve cell decay that…


Meet our staff – Denee

Meet our Staff Member Denee Baker, NDIS Support Coordinator Denee Baker was already familiar with the Parkinson’s NSW offices when she joined the team as an NDIS Support Coordinator in late March 2021. Denee, who is completing the final year of her Bachelor of Social Work, did a university placement…


Online meetings for support groups

ONLINE meetings and information sessions Please refer to this page frequently for new topics and session dates and links to join. Important information about the online sessions: Please log in to the meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time To ensure meetings run smoothly, entry into the meeting…


Swallowing and Communication in Parkinson’s

SWALLOWING AND COMMUNICATION [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="http://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Speech-and-swallowing.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] Many people living with Parkinson’s imagine that they have more saliva than other people. While it seems to be the case, this is not true. The reason: Because everything slows down with Parkinson’s you don’t swallow unconsciously as often. There are…


Neuroprotective benefits of exercise

Neuroprotective benefits of exercise Exercise for people with living with Parkinson’s exercise is not only healthy – it is vital for maintaining balance, mobility, and daily living activities. There is also a potential neuroprotective effect. Exercising enhances the sense of wellbeing, even across different disease stages and severities. How can…


Parkinson’s in the Country – Geoff Bourne

Making peace with ‘Parky’ For Geoff Bourne, his farm is not just his home. Those who know him say it’s his reason for being. Geoff grew up on an 1800-acre property at Ben Lomond, between Armidale and Glen Innes and has been farming the land ever since. It’s a family…


Parkinson’s Nurses in Action – Peter and Lenore

Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses in action Parkinson’s Specialist Nurses are highly trained and experienced nurses based in communities of need. They are dedicated to supporting local people living with Parkinson’s.  These Nurses are funded 50/50 by Parkinson’s NSW and the Local Health District in which they are based. This series of…


Meet our Staff – Rebecca

Meet our Staff Member Rebecca Manners, Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse   Rebecca Manners joined Parkinson’s NSW as a Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse late last year. She is based in Ballina and supports the Tweed, Byron, and Ballina communities of the Northern New South Wales Local Health District (LHD). Her position in Ballina…


Results of Zoom meeting survey

Results of Zoom meetings survey now in During February and March, Parkinson’s NSW conducted a survey of Zoom online meeting participants to obtain feedback on desired topics and any areas for improvement. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. The results are now in and are summarised below. Requested topics…


Diet and Parkinson’s

Mediterranean diet could delay Parkinson's disease onset Eating a Mediterranean diet is linked to later onset of Parkinson’s, a study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada, has found. According to the research, following a Mediterranean-style diet could delay Parkinson’s disease by up to 17.4 years for women, and…


Constipation in Parkinson’s

Managing constipation in Parkinson’s Constipation is a common problem in Parkinson’s and can also predate the Parkinson’s diagnosis.  Most importantly, constipation can reduce the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. Constipation is the infrequent passage of hard, dry bowel motions which are difficult to pass. It is problematic…


Living with Parkinson’s webinar

In partnership with Illawarra Health & Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) As research continues into Parkinson's, we invite community members who are living with Parkinson's or who are caring for someone with the disease to tune in and hear from the experts. Speakers: IHMRI’s Professor Health Ecroyd will share information about…


New staff in key positions to strengthen operations

New staff appointed to key positions to strengthen operations Several new staff members have been appointed to key positions in order to meet increased demand for services, and to strengthen key operational areas. Fundraising Gary Cowlishaw has been appointed to the role of Donor Development in the Parkinson’s NSW Fundraising…

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