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Mental health benefits of being outdoors

Mother Nature’s outdoor playground is the perfect anecdote for a blue mood, so why not head outside for some fresh air? Have you ever noticed the joyful expressions on people’s faces on that first warm, sunny day after a long, bleak winter? It’s almost as if we inherently know that spending time outdoors among the trees or positioning ourselves in or near bodies of water is an instant mood booster—a rite of passage for both humans and animals alike. In fact, spending time outdoors to boost your mental health is such common knowledge that psychologists have a special word for [...]

May 18th, 2021|Comments Off on Mental health benefits of being outdoors

Watch Video: Mental Health & Parkinson’s Conference

Thank you for joining us! Below is the full video from the Mental Health & Parkinson's Disease Virtual Conference on May 1, 2021. Thank you to our sponsors, Amneal, Abbvie and Moda Health, and to all of the generous donations that help support BGF programs. WATCH VIDEO

May 3rd, 2021|Comments Off on Watch Video: Mental Health & Parkinson’s Conference

Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team

Thank you for joining us! Below is the full video from the Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team with Dr. Suketu M. Khandhar on April 13, 2021. Thank you to our sponsors, Amneal and Kyowa Kirin, and to all of the generous donations that help support BGF programs. WATCH VIDEO

April 14th, 2021|Comments Off on Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Building Your Care Team

Managing Brain Fog and Insomnia

Insomnia and brain fog: the Siamese twins of Parkinson’s symptoms. The struggle to get a good night’s sleep is widespread in people with Parkinson’s. In turn, poor sleep can contribute to the daytime fatigue and brain fog many people with PD experience. “To effectively deal with symptoms of brain fog, we must also deal with any sleep issues that the Parkinson’s patient is experiencing,” said Dr. Suketu Khandhar, a neurologist who heads the Northern California Movement Disorders Program at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, the most common sleep issues include: • Trouble falling and/or staying asleep [...]

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Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Tools to Improve your Mood

Thank you for joining us! Below is the full video from the Expert Q&A: Tools to Improve your Mood with Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC, NBCC on January 12, 2021. Thank you to our sponsor, Kyowa Kirin, and to all of the generous donations that help support BGF programs. WATCH VIDEO

January 13th, 2021|Comments Off on Watch Video: Expert Q&A: Tools to Improve your Mood

Self-Care for Parkinson’s

Self-care for Parkinson's is important to help you manage your symptoms. According to the World Health Organization, self-care can be defined as “what people do for themselves to establish and maintain health, prevent and deal with illness.” As a physician I know how important self-care is for optimizing quality of life in the context of a chronic illness like Parkinson’s. But like others living with the challenges of this disease (in my case 21 years since my diagnosis) I also know that it takes a significant effort to prioritize one’s health in all areas. This include physical, mental and emotional [...]

July 16th, 2020|Comments Off on Self-Care for Parkinson’s
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