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7 Tips for Living Alone with Parkinson’s

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

After a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, adjustments and renovations both small and large can help make your home more comfortable — and safer — for yourself or a loved one with Parkinson’s disease, especially if gait, balance and fatigue symptoms are…

Vision and Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, 26 June 2017

As people with Parkinson’s know all too well, the disease can cause many more symptoms than those that are noticeable from the outside. Some of the lesser recognised ones — even among doctors — involve the eyes and visual system….

Heatwave Australia, tips for staying cool

5 Tips for Coping with the Heat

Thursday, 12 January 2017

With temperatures soaring across the country, here are our top tips for keeping cool. Keep hydrated: Make sure you drink plenty of water and fruit juice and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. Stay indoors: Try to avoid any strenuous activity….

Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive Changes in Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, 17 October 2016

Cognitive impairment, disturbance of memory, thinking and/or language abilities, is a non-motor symptom that can be associated with Parkinson’s. Cognitive disturbances can arise at any time in the course of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and vary widely in severity. Some people…

Shake It Up and Share – with Glenda

Friday, 15 July 2016

This week’s Shake It Up and Share is a follow up story from Glenda – a wonderfully inspiring member of our community who has now written a book about her Parkinson’s journey. 1. How old were you when you were…

5 Common Myths about Parkinson’s Caregiving

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

There’s a saying in the medical community that if you’ve seen one person with Parkinson’s, you’ve seen… one person with Parkinson’s. The same can be said for PD caregivers. Experiences with the disease vary widely, and symptoms change over time. That…

Yoga and Meditation May Help Prevent Mental Decline

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Studies suggest that people who stay active have a lower risk of developing dementia. If you’re not able to engage in cardio activities like running, you may wonder how important vigorous exercise is to reaping those mental benefits. A new study…

Shake It Up and Share – with Chontelle

Friday, 3 June 2016

Chontelle recently lost her father who lived with Parkinson’s. Later this year she and her family are embarking on a road trip around Australia and they will be using the opportunity to raise awareness about Parkinson’s, Shake It Up and…

How Do You Define What It Means to Be a Caregiver?

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Just like Parkinson’s disease itself, Parkinson’s caregiving looks and feels different for everyone. Some loved ones don’t identify with the caregiver label at all. Others embrace it and find comfort in caregiver support groups. For some, caregiving is a full-time…

2015 HSC student Emily Andrews with her award-winning utility board. Picture: Braden Fastier

Emily’s design a cut above the rest

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Local Sydney HSC student Emily made the decision to design and produce a chopping board that would make preparing food so much easier. After much research – including consulting neurologists, Shake It Up Founder Clyde Campbell and even asking her…

Seven Misconceptions about Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, 11 April 2016

If you or a loved one live with Parkinson’s, you’re well aware of the varied symptoms that can be part of the disease. For those without first-hand experience, however, misconceptions about life with Parkinson’s can be common and don’t reflect the…