Have you listened to the Parkinson’s Life podcast?
Author: Saskia MairPublished: 23 September 2021
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From coping with loneliness to getting a good night’s sleep – each episode of the Parkinson’s Life podcast brings together people from the community for an honest conversation about how to live well with Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s Life magazine aims to offer a ‘voice’ to the global Parkinson’s community – and our award-winning podcast puts these voices front and centre. Bringing together guests from around the world, the podcast provides insight into a broad range of topics impacting people with the condition.
Whether you’re searching for tips on getting creative, curious about navigating the workplace with Parkinson’s or interested in an open conversation about love, sex and the condition – you can explore every episode of our podcast here.
We’re always keen to hear from anyone interested in taking part in an episode. If you’d like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writer Heather Kennedy and musician Robbie Tucker on how Parkinson’s can impact dating, relationships and break-ups.
Wytze Russchen is joined by Dr Indu Subramanian to discuss what makes connecting with others so important, how to find ways of coping with loneliness – and why it’s vital to learn to appreciate the little things.
In an episode initiated and funded by Britannia Pharmaceuticals, Colin Cheesman and Dr Nishantha Silva talk about what it means to reach an ‘advanced’ stage of the condition.
Cormac and Mary Mehigan are joined by Parkinson’s advanced nurse practitioner Brian Magennis for a conversation on the challenges of getting a good night’s sleep – and how to overcome them.
UK composer and musician Amy Mallett and American film-maker and hip-hop artist Walter J Archey III, who has Parkinson’s, talk about the interaction between Parkinson’s and creativity.
Omotola Thomas, Sharon Krischer and Mariette Robijn explore the particular challenges facing the 3 million women living with Parkinson’s worldwide.
Physiotherapist Josefa Domingos and her patient Idelta Oliveira on how to speak the same language as your healthcare professional.
Elisabeth Ildal and Gary Boyle share their experiences of choosing to keep working after diagnosis – and navigating the workplace with Parkinson’s.
Ola Larsson and Ivona Cudova talk candidly about the highs and lows of caring for a parent or partner with Parkinson’s.
What’s it like bringing up children while living with Parkinson’s? Canada-based broadcaster Larry Gifford and American blogger and communications director Allison Toepperwein share their perspectives.
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Podcast: How can you speak the same language as your healthcare professional?
Physiotherapist Josefa Domingos opens up with her patient Idelta Oliveira
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Regular exercise may slow progression of early Parkinson’s disease symptoms
A research team in Japan has suggested that around four hours of weekly moderate exercise is associated with a better clinical course of early-stage Parkinson’s. Their study, published in ‘Neurology’, drew on data from 237 people with the condition, whose symptoms were monitored over a period of up to six years. The research showed that people who were regularly active for at least one to two hours, one or two days a week, were better able to maintain daily activities than those who exercised less – and even experienced a “slower deterioration of processing speed”. The researchers highlighted that these benefits stemmed from maintaining regular exercise over time, rather than levels of activity at the onset of the condition. They added that their findings “suggest it may never be too late for someone with Parkinson’s to start an exercise programme”.
Could traumatic brain injury accelerate the onset of Parkinson’s disease?
Undergoing a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – a sudden injury that damages the brain – may be linked to Parkinson’s onset at an earlier age, new research suggests. The study, led by researchers in the US, examined data from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Centre (NACC) database and assessed whether TBI was associated with age of disease onset, survival and the degeneration of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. They found that while there was no significant association with age of death or greater impact on dopamine-producing nerve cells, results showed that TBI was linked to a 4.9-year earlier age of Parkinson’s onset. Reflecting on the results, the researchers wrote that traumatic brain injury “appears to accelerate Parkinson’s onset without altering age of death”. However, the researchers also cautioned that “the nature of this relationship remains unclear”.
NASA astronaut who lived with Parkinson’s disease has died
“When I got diagnosed with Parkinson’s I thought it was over,” US astronaut Michael “Rich” Clifford once said, in a webcast conversation with Parkinson’s expert Dr Ray Dorsey. But when US space agency NASA offered him another opportunity to board a space shuttle, despite the onset of Parkinson’s symptoms, he didn’t hesitate. “And it was as easy as that.” Now, nearly 30 years since his final venture into space, Clifford has died due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He leaves a legacy of three journeys into space, several awards for his services to the space programme – including the NASA Space Flight Medal – and a history of advocacy for people with Parkinson’s. In a 2013 conversation with the Michael J Fox Foundation, Clifford said: “Everyone with Parkinson’s handles it differently. Don’t let it get in the way of living. “Life is too good. Keep going. The sky’s the limit.” Image credit:…