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Putt for Parkinson’s

Golf Fundraiser with Socceroos legend Mark Milligan You are invited on-course to Putt for Parkinson's Socceroos legend Mark Milligan knows the truth of Parkinson’s first hand and wants to do all he can to drive awareness and raise much needed funds to enhance the quality of life for people living…


Steve Schiemer steps into the boxing ring

Steve Schiemer raises more than $1,000 for Parkinson’s NSW in the boxing ring Parkinson’s NSW Board Member and professional personal trainer Steve Schiemer – who is living with Parkinson’s – climbed into the ring for the Sydney Contender Boxing Match on 29 May. Steve not only won his match, but…


The importance of aerobic exercise

Put your heart into it! The importance of aerobic (cardiovascular) exercise Cardiovascular (cardio) exercise – also known as aerobic exercise – is any activity that makes you puff. It works the heart, lungs, and muscles – all of which help the body to burn  calories. The current exercise recommendations for…


Equine assisted therapy

Can equine-assisted therapy benefit people with Parkinson’s? Researchers from Texas Woman’s University, USA, are investigating how equine-assisted therapy – which involves working with horses to promote wellbeing – can benefit people living with Parkinson’s As part of the five-month study – funded by the non-profit Human Animal Bond Research Institute…


Parkinson’s and Menopause

We need to be having more conversations about menopause By Heather Kennedy I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011, at the age of 41. As I approach the menopause, I’ve noticed changes in myself. First of all, I have a lower libido. I just want nothing to do with…


Research: weight, sleep & depression

Weight, sleep, and depression linked to risk of cognitive  problems in Parkinson’s Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, have found that people with early Parkinson’s disease are at higher risk of developing cognitive impairments if they are overweight, have disruptive sleep behaviours or experience symptoms of depression. Evaluating data…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Melanie de Jager

My [Parkinson’s] Life Having Parkinson’s is just one aspect of a person’s life story. We want to share more stories of the varied lives of people currently living with Parkinson’s. Melanie de jager - caregiver for husband ron Melanie de Jager met her husband Ron back in Christchurch, New Zealand…


Hallucinations and Parkinson’s

How hallucinations affect people living with Parkinson’s Around 50% of people with Parkinson’s disease will experience hallucinations. But what are they and what causes them? Professor Per Odin – a neurologist and head of the Neurology Department at Lund University, Sweden – shares what you need to know about the…


A new Young Onset Support Group

Young Onset Support Group established in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs The Eastern Suburbs Young Onset Support Group met for the first time on 20 April at Wolper Jewish Hospital in the suburb of Woollahra. Fifteen founding participants attended. The Group is facilitated by Speech Pathologists Kristin Arthur and Betsy Rumble, with…


Coming to terms with Parkinson’s progression

Coming to terms with Parkinson’s progression – Infoline Zoom with Parkinson’s Nurse Cathy Melton Parkinson’s is a chronic progressive neurological condition. The cause is not known. The symptoms are caused by the loss of dopamine producing cells in the brain.  Dopamine affects memory, mood, and movement. Even though there is…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Michael Buckley

My [Parkinson’s] Life Having Parkinson’s is just one aspect of a person’s life story. We want to share more stories of the varied lives of people currently living with Parkinson’s. Michael Buckley Michael Buckley was born in New Zealand 65 years ago, but by six months of age he and…


World Parkinson’s Day 2021

World Parkinson’s Day coming up in April 11 April will be World Parkinson’s Day – part of World Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Throughout the month there will be events taking place across Australia and the globe to raise community awareness of Parkinson’s and the challenges of people living with this disease,…

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