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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…


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,…


Why you need more vitamin B3 in your diet

Why you need more vitamin B3 in your diet Vitamin B3, or niacin, is one of the vitamins needed for human life. While it is necessary for everyone, it may have added value for people with inherited Parkinson’s. In a recent research study from the University of Leicester, scientists examined…


Meet the staff – Gary Cowlishaw

MEET OUR STAFF Gary Cowlishaw - Donor Development Manager   More than 90 percent of Parkinson’s NSW income comes from the generosity of individuals through donations and gifts left in their wills. Without the help of generous givers, we would not be able to deliver essential services to the NSW…


Skin Swab Test Could Help Diagnose Parkinson’s

Source - The Independent.co.uk Scientists are edging closer to developing a “game-changing” test that could reduce the time it takes to diagnose Parkinson’s. A new approach could accelerate the diagnosis of Parkinson's, which develops gradually and can take years to present itself, by using simple skin swab. A study from…


My [Parkinson’s] Life – Helen Tan

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. Helen Tan Caregiver for husband, Arthur Tan Helen and Arthur Tan met and married in Sydney over four decades years…


Meet the staff – Emma Hawkins

MEET OUR STAFF Emma Hawkins - NDIS Support Coordinator Emma Hawkins joined Parkinson’s NSW as a part-time Support Coordinator early in November last year. She was already familiar with us, having worked at Parkinson’s NSW for some months in the professional placement program that is part of her final year…


Medication safety for Parkinson’s patients

Improving medication safety for Parkinson’s patients Michael Ortiz has Parkinson’s. Like many with this disease, he’s been hospitalised on many occasions for conditions other than Parkinson’s. On too many of those occasions, according to Michael, the medication levodopa –   vital to help him with his Parkinson’s symptoms – wasn’t administered on…


The Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine

Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine is more than a number 1800 644 189 is more than the number of the Parkinson’s NSW InfoLine; it’s your gateway to a range of services facilitated by a team of Parkinson’s Registered Nurses. [caption id="attachment_6584" align="alignnone" width="500"] The faces of the InfoLine Nurses, Julie and Cathy…


Seeking support

Reasons to seek support Many of us already have levels of anxiety and stress resulting from our everyday life or illness – and now we are living with the additional pressure of COVID-19 restrictions. Sadly, there remains stigma around mental health issues and seeking support from counsellors and psychologists. Many…


Parkinson’s research partnership

Partnership with Neuroscience Research Australia results in Parkinson’s research In July 2017 Parkinson’s Specialist Nurse Vince Carroll spent four weeks at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) on a research placement program. Vince’s is based in the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) and his position is 50/50 co-funded by the LHD…


Men and Parkinson’s

Manning up to male Parkinson’s health Men often don’t like discussing anything health related.  Subsequently, serious health concerns and potential resources and places to go for assistance are not easily shared among male friends. In Australia, men on average live five years less than women for a variety of reasons…

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