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Managing Common Health Concerns When You Have PD
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   Rajesh Pahwa, MD
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8 Steps to a Healthy Brain

8 Steps to a Healthy Brain

Brain Awareness Week is a global campaign to raise public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, including research into the causes of Parkinson’s disease and how to treat it. In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, which starts today, we are proud to present these 8 Steps to a Healthy Brain.

  1. Increase Your Heart Rate

Intense exercise can improve efficiency of your brain cells using dopamine by modifying areas of the brain where dopamine signals are received: the substantia nigra and basal ganglia.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet

People with Parkinson’s need to stay away from a high-fat diet. Eating Mediterranean style may protect brain cells, slow degeneration and ensure a longer, healthier life.

  1. Give Your Brain a Workout

Research has shown that mental and physical exercise can help maintain thinking, memory and language skills.

  1. Stay Social

Don’t let Parkinson’s stop you from being social. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and smile.

  1. Keep Calm and Fight On

Stress of any kind can make your PD symptoms temporarily worse. Relaxation techniques are helpful to manage stress in a positive way.

  1. Get Enough Sleep

Maintain a regular sleep schedule; get up and go to bed the same time everyday.

  1. Keep Track of Your Medications

Establishing a daily routine helps keep you on track with medications and exercise regiments. It can also help with sleep and digestion issues, which can affect people with Parkinson’s.

  1. Do Whatever it Takes to Beat Parkinson’s

There are many ways you and your loved ones can beat Parkinson’s — visit our interactive webpage for tips to live well and get inspired by individuals and families who are beating Parkinson’s every day!

Thanks to the National Parkinson Foundation. For more detail, go to http://parkinson.org/Parkinson-s-Disease/PD-101/Brain-Awareness-Week.aspx

March Meeting on Tuesday the 10th at 4:30

We have invited a panel of experts to speak on alternative treatments for Parkinson’s at our next meeting on March 10th. Learn about acupuncture, chiropractic, medical marijuana and other complementary treatments and bring your questions for the practitioners.

Meet our experts:

Dr. Noah Swanson, Chiropractor, Solvang Chiropractic Center
Dr. Cyndi Mikelson, L.Ac., Acupuncturist, RedFern Acupuncture, Santa Ynez
Dr. David Bearman M.D. Medical Marijuana Expert, Goleta

When: Tuesday, March 10th at 4:30 pm

Where: St. Mark’s in-the-Valley, 2901 Nojoqui Ave, Los Olivos CA 93441

Sherman Oaks Fall Prevention Seminar And LA Abilities Expo

The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging is presenting the Sherman Oaks Fall Prevention Seminar and LA Abilities Expo. The fall prevention seminar is in Sherman Oaks on Tuesday, March 17. The Abilities Expo is at the Los Angeles Convention Center from March 6 to 8.

Abilities Expo: imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and much more?

When:

Friday, March 6th, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm (don’t forget to set your clock ahead to Daylight Savings Time on Saturday night)

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Admission is free; pre-register here. Find parking information and directions here. For questions, please call David Korse at 310-405-1317.

Sherman Oaks Fall Prevention Seminar

When: Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Where: Sherman Oaks Senior Center, 5056 Van Nuys Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

For more information, please call Arash David at 213-482-7335

Caregiver C.A.R.E. List

C.A.R.E. – Carry Always, Ready Easily

Think of all the info that you, the caregiver, keeps in your head.  How often are you answering questions from doctors or insurance? How many things do you do for your Parkie that only you know how to do?  What if something happened to you?  If, G-d forbid, you were in an accident and either unconscious or just couldn’t get to your Parkie, what would happen?  Make sure you are prepared for these possibilities with the C.A.R.E. List.

  1. List of all Medications that Patient currently takes
    1. Include Name of med, Dosage, Rx Number, Frequency and what it’s for
    2. Name and phone number of pharmacy
    3. Update Monthly or as prescriptions change
    4. Keep this in your wallet, purse or on a smart phone
  2. Doctors
    1. Names, Phone Numbers, What for
    2. Update as doctors change
  3. ICE (In Case of Emergency) Assistance
    1. Have list of backup caregivers should you be unable to get to Patient
    2. Include locals available in emergency
  4. Caregiver Medical ID Bracelet
    1. If you are injured or incapacitated, it is important for responders to know that your Patient needs help.
    2. List ICE contacts familiar with your Patient
    3. List “SPOUSE has Parkinson’s”
  5. On Smart Phone
    1. ICE list
    2. Apps I keep on my iPhone
      1. iTriage
      2. ICE Standard
      3. ICE 123
  6. Refrigerator List
    1. Make sure you post a sign on your fridge that lets first responders know there is a Patient needing assistance.
    2. DNR –  if applicable

Patient C.A.R.E.

All Parkies should also keep info with them.  Especially if they are doing things without you  – like driving.

  1. Medical ID Bracelet
    1. List Parkinson’s, DBS, on Meds, ICE – whatever is applicable
    2. Websites I like for medical jewelry
      1. www.laurenshope.com
      2. www.stickyjewelry.com
    3. ICE on smart phone

Caregiver Meeting – Feb 4 at St. Mark’s

Thank you to all the caregivers who attended our January meeting. Ericka Dixon was an excellent speaker and gave us great information.Thank you to Cheryl for our speaker and Alexandra for opening her home to everyone.

We now have a permanent meeting place at St. Mark’s in the Parlor on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 noon to 1:00 pm.  If we have a speaker, the meeting will continue to 2:00  pm.

Our next Caregiver meeting will be Wednesday the 4th of February.

12 noon to 1:00 pm at St. Mark’s Church in Los Olivos.  We meet in the Parlor.

We will have an introduction time for all of us to get to know each other.

Food and drink are not provided, so please bring something to share or a bag lunch if you prefer.

If you have questions, contact Alexandra at 686-9538.

NOTE THAT OUR GENERAL SUPPORT MEETING IS AT ST. MARK’s ON FEB. 10 at 4:30.