Dealing With Parkinson’s Disease-Related Depression


NPF’s National Medical Director, Dr. Michael S. Okun, and Vice President of Research Programs, Peter Schmidt, PhD, comment on Parkinson’s and depression in the below article from U.S. News.

The two conditions go hand in hand.
Depression in Parkinson’s disease patients is a little like the riddle about the chicken and the egg: Which came first – the nervous system disorder characterized by impaired movement and slurred speech, or the depression that is both an early symptom of the disease as well as a consequence of it?… Continue reading


Saturday, October 04, 2014 04:44PM
LOS ANGELES — Alzheimer’s disease was officially recognized a hundred years ago, but there’s still no effective treatment for it. Now researchers at UCLA say they’ve developed a program that shows for the first time memory loss being reversed.… Continue reading

Signs of Compassion Fatigue

Is it possible to care too much? Look at the signs of Compassion Fatigue highlighted by Carelift.
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Horses Are Good Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

101_0313The Ohio State study found that being with horses lifted the person’s mood.

In the first study of its kind, researchers have determined that spending time with horses eases symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.
A collaboration between The Ohio State University, an equine therapy center and an adult daycare center found that people with Alzheimer’s were able to safely groom, feed and walk horses under supervision—and the experience buoyed their mood and made them less likely to resist care or become upset later in the day.… Continue reading

The Spiritual Gift of Caregiving

I have to say that some of the most compassionate people in my life have worked in elder care. The desire to create places and support people who provide care is huge – and a vision and task that is never finished, somehow in this imperfect system we often fall short.  

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