IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE THE PRIMARY CAREGIVER FOR YOUR ILL SPOUSE

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Making the decision to provide care at home for your spouse is a huge decision that affects both spouses, and all others in the family. The well spouse will find that it is one of the most demanding tasks s/he has ever undertaken. The commitment is major, and cannot be taken lightly. Once the choice is made to be responsible for in-home care, … [Read more...]

FDA APPROVES NORTHERA TO TREAT NEUROGENIC ORTHOSTATIC HYPOTENSION

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For Immediate Release: Feb. 18, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Northera capsules (droxidopa) for the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH). NOH is a rare, chronic and often debilitating drop in blood pressure upon standing that is associated with Parkinson’s disease, multiple-system atrophy, and pure … [Read more...]

TRANSCRANIAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION (tDCS)

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by Stacy Hennis, PT, Owner of New Beginnings Physical Therapy Newer research is showing the benefits of using a weak electrical signal through the brain to help with all body functions. Studies have examined, with positive results, everything from depression, sleep, motor problems, addiction, cognitive tasks, speech…the list goes on. By either … [Read more...]

NEW LAWS (CA) AFFECTING HOMECARE SERVICES…….

By: Rhiannon Acree, R.N., Cambrian Homecare In California a labor backed bill 'AB 241' was signed into law by Governor Brown effective January 1, 2014. The original bill included overtime for caregivers as well as meal and rest periods, away from the work place. The bill was watered down in the end and presently only requires the new overtime for … [Read more...]

Senior Residential Choices

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 SENIOR RESIDENTIAL CHOICES IS A FREE RESIDENTIAL PLACEMENT SERVICE  that provides the “best choices’ of assisted living communities for people with Parkinson’s as well as other diagnoses. We match seniors to the best assisted living community for their needs. We interact personally with the family member/Parkinson’s patient, and our team is … [Read more...]

THE BASIC TYPES OF RESIDENTIAL CARE COMMUNITIES

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by Donna Pick, President Senior Residential Choices, Inc Have you thought about the possibility of moving to a Residential Care Retirement Community? If you or your loved one is having challenges living at home because of care needs related to Parkinson’s, you may need to consider a Residential Care Community and there are many positive reasons … [Read more...]

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT PARKINSON’S DISEASE

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by Betty Anna Gidlof, RDH, RDHAP Several early sources, including the Bible, an Egyptian papyrus, and Galen’s writings, describe early symptoms resembling those of Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease, or Parkinsonism, is usually defined as the “primary” or most common form, with no external identifiable cause, or is there??  To date, there … [Read more...]