Top Walking Aids for PD [And Benefits of Using Them]
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by wpengine
2w ago
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder that predominantly affects motor skills, leading to significant challenges in daily activities, including walking. As the disease progresses, some people may find mobility aids to be especially helpful for maintaining independence and safety. While adaptive devices may be necessary for some people, not every person with PD will require these tools. Each person’s journey with incorporating walking aids is dependent on their unique circumstances, and choosing to use a walking aid is a personal choice. Let’s explore the varying eleme ..read more
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Are Parkinson’s and Hearing Loss Connected?
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
3w ago
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month! Parkinson’s disease (PD) and hearing loss are two seemingly unrelated conditions affecting millions of people worldwide. Until recently, little has been known about the interplay of these conditions, but emerging research suggests a possible connection between the two. Here are the potential causes, signs, and treatment options for hearing loss with Parkinson’s disease. The Stats on PD & Hearing Impairment Research exploring the connection between PD and hearing loss is evolving, but studies have revealed intriguing correlations. Recent data sugge ..read more
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Is Parkinson’s A Disability?
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
1M ago
According to federal and state laws in the United States, Parkinson’s is considered a disability. However, “disability” is a broad term. It relates to both the physical and mental impacts of Parkinson’s disease, ranging from a person’s ability to perform basic daily activities like getting dressed to the impact on non-motor symptoms such as gut health issues. Here’s how disability is defined as it relates to Parkinson’s disease and the symptoms impacting daily life for people living with Parkinson’s. Defining Disability In the United States, the concept of “disability” is primarily defined th ..read more
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Vocal Exercises for PD: Benefits & Resources
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
1M ago
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting movement, muscle control, and balance. However, its impact isn’t limited to just physical aspects. PD can also significantly affect voice and speech. This is where the importance of vocal exercises comes into play, offering a beacon of hope for those striving to maintain effective communication. Let’s explore why these exercises are crucial for individuals living with Parkinson’s, recommended vocal exercises, and resources for further assistance. Impact of PD on Speech and Communication Parkinson’s impacts speech in sev ..read more
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Managing Fatigue with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
1M ago
Fatigue is a common and often debilitating symptom for people living with Parkinson’s disease, affecting their quality of life significantly. Unlike ordinary tiredness, the fatigue associated with PD can be overwhelming, making it difficult for individuals to perform even simple tasks. The Impact of Fatigue on People Living with PD Fatigue is one of the most common non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, with studies suggesting it affects up to 50% of individuals with PD. Fatigue may occur at any stage of Parkinson’s disease, and many people report it significantly impacts their daily rout ..read more
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Exploring the Link Between Pneumonia & PD
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
2M ago
According to a 2020 study, pneumonia is the leading cause of death and the most common reason for hospital admissions in people living with Parkinson’s disease. Understanding the connection between Parkinson’s disease and pneumonia, including its causes, treatments, and the latest research, is vital for improving care and outcomes for individuals living with PD. Connection Between Parkinson’s Disease and Pneumonia Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting movement and causing symptoms like tremors, stiffness, and bradykinesia (slowness of movement). As the dise ..read more
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Can You Drive With Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
3M ago
As Parkinson’s disease progresses, the accompanying symptoms may impact an individual’s ability to drive. This can be a sensitive and sometimes tricky topic. Since driving is associated with independence, people living with PD may view restrictions to driving as a further narrowing of their freedoms. Fortunately, many people with Parkinson’s can continue driving safely for years, especially in the early stages of the disease. As the disease progresses, it becomes more important to monitor symptoms, understand changes, and adapt driving habits accordingly. Here’s how PD impacts the ability to d ..read more
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What’s PCLA Planning in 2024?
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
4M ago
Happy 2024! As we look to the year ahead, we’re excited to offer more expansive opportunities to connect with the Parkinson’s community in Los Angeles and beyond. This year will see more opportunities for in-person events, the annual LA Big 5K fundraiser (which can be done virtually!), and a targeted emphasis on support groups for men, women, care partners, and people living with YOPD. Here’s everything to plan for the coming months and the year ahead! LA Marathon Big5k Charity Run: March 16th We’re less than two months away from one of our most anticipated fundraising events of the year! The ..read more
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A Look Back At 2023 With PCLA
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
5M ago
As 2023 comes to a close, we look back with gratitude for our accomplishments as a community and a non-profit organization. This year marked several exciting shifts at PCLA, especially as we expanded our community resources via support groups and the Let’s Talk Parkinson’s education series. 2023 By The Numbers PCLA experienced many quantifiable successes in 2023! Between various fundraising events, our Let’s Talk Parkinson’s series, and weekly support groups, we were happy to provide a diverse range of resources for the PCLA community. Here’s a snapshot of those accomplishments: PCLA Support G ..read more
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2023 Gift Guide For People With Parkinson’s
Parkinson's Community Los Angeles (PCLA)
by Vivian Kanchian
6M ago
Gift-giving should be a joyful and fulfilling experience. If you have a person living with Parkinson’s disease on your shopping list, you may struggle to select a thoughtful gift that’s both appropriate and appreciated. We’re here to take some mystery out of the process! There are many gifts ranging from practical to fun and luxurious that are well suited to people with PD and sure to be appreciated by a wide range of audiences. Here’s our 2023 gift guide for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. Practical Gifts for People with PD Sometimes, a little practicality goes a long way. People livi ..read more
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