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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

How to keep calm and carry on

It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious or depressed during a public health crisis. Here are some tips for maintaining your mental health and emotional well-being throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In a matter of weeks, COVID-19 has significantly changed the lives and daily habits of billions of people around the world. We find ourselves looking for ways to cope with the stress, anxiety, boredom or depression that coincide with social distancing and sheltering in place. Just because we are staying home doesn’t mean we need to depend on Netflix alone for comfort and entertainment. Many of the things we do out [...]

April 27th, 2020|Comments Off on How to keep calm and carry on

5 Unexpected Benefits of Gardening With Parkinson’s

When you plant a garden, pull weeds or mow the lawn, you’re not just getting chores out of the way – you’re improving your mental and physical health. There are myriad health benefits to being outside. Spending time outdoors evokes a multi-sensory experience that improves our health both mentally and physically. It’s as if we as humans have this innate tendency to seek connections with nature and be amongst other living, growing things – at least that’s what led famed biologist Edward O. Wilson to coin the term biophilia. Gardening or doing yard work in general is an excellent outdoor [...]

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