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Is Parkinson’s A Disability?

Is Parkinson’s A Disability?

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...

Managing Fatigue with Parkinson’s Disease

Managing Fatigue with Parkinson’s Disease

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...

Vocal Exercises for PD: Benefits & Resources

Vocal Exercises for PD: Benefits & Resources

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...

Exploring the Link Between Pneumonia & PD

Exploring the Link Between Pneumonia & PD

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,...

Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Young-onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD) is a growing subset of people who develop the disease at a younger age, typically between the ages of 21 and 50.  YOPD (sometimes referred to as early-onset Parkinson’s disease) impacts roughly 4% of the 1M people living with...

Can You Drive With Parkinson’s Disease?

Can You Drive With Parkinson’s Disease?

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...

What’s PCLA Planning in 2024?

What’s PCLA Planning in 2024?

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...

A Look Back At 2023 With PCLA

A Look Back At 2023 With PCLA

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...

2023 Gift Guide For People With Parkinson’s

2023 Gift Guide For People With Parkinson’s

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...

PCLA News & Resources

Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

Get the latest information regarding cannabis and parkinson's disease, presented at PCLA's annual "Life Beyond the Basics" conference.DOWNLOAD THE DECK Tap the button below to download a PDF copy of the presentationEVENT SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors

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Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Barbara and Stephen Rubin

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Barbara and Stephen Rubin

Barbara is a founding member of PCLA’s Board of Directors and Steve is on the advisory board. Barbara has been living with Parkinson’s since 2002. Among career mileposts, she is a past president of the Florida State Museum, the founder and president of a successful wholesale bakery, and, as an early consumer advocate in Virginia, developed toy safety regulations that became a national standard. She also raised two sons who have made their mark in the Los Angeles entertainment industry.

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Meet Our Los Angeles Community: David Solie

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: David Solie

David Solie is a graduate of the University of Washington, University of Manitoba, and the University of Colorado Medical School, and practiced as a licensed physician assistant for several decades. He is the author of books on eldercare and inter-generational communication, and writes about aging, caregiving, healthcare, art and poetry, and many other topics on his blog. You can see more of David’s artwork on his website, End of the World Art.

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Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Sandy & Judy Yaras

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Sandy & Judy Yaras

Sandy Yaras is the leader of PCLA’s “Let Talk About Parkinson’s” support group and our “PCLA Online” virtual support group. He was diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 63. Sandy taught middle school students for over 20 years and is also an artist, writer, and stand-up comic.

Judy Yaras is Vice-President of PCLA and Director of Museum Shop Operations at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Her professional background spans the healthcare and retail industries, teaching, and includes boardroom experience for a number of nonprofits.

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A Caregiver Lesson Learned

A Caregiver Lesson Learned

The risks of being a caregiver is that we are HUMAN BEINGS and sometimes we get sick. Almost every caregiver I know puts their loved one’s health above their own. I care for my husband who has had Parkinson’s for 19 years, he was diagnosed when he was 36. He’s had deep brain stimulation surgery, two seizures, a number of falls that have sent us to the ER and his colon burst and he became septic and gravely ill. All this and we are only 55.

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Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Mike Weinman Q&A

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Mike Weinman Q&A

In 2000, at the age of 36, Mike Weinman was diagnosed with PD. An experienced finance and operations executive, Mike has served as Treasurer of PCLA since its founding. He also runs a support group for those living with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. We spoke to Mike about his experience as a support group leader, his role in the formation of PCLA, and how Parkinson’s has impacted his family.

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No, You Can’t Always Get What You Want

No, You Can’t Always Get What You Want

No, you can't always get what you want But if you try sometimes you just might get what you need —The Rolling Stones Whether you are a caregiver for someone with PD, or caring for a parent, child or a grandchild who needs assistance, watch out for burnout. Some of us...

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The Diagnosis Over 15 Years Ago

The Diagnosis Over 15 Years Ago

This is how it started, from my viewpoint. Starting about 9 months after experiencing his first symptoms. June 14 - What’s going on with Richard? Wanting to get a diagnosis so we’re not living with this unknown, but at the same time not wanting to hear anything...

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Latest Research

Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

Cannabis and Parkinson’s Disease

Get the latest information regarding cannabis and parkinson's disease, presented at PCLA's annual "Life Beyond the Basics" conference.DOWNLOAD THE DECK Tap the button below to download a PDF copy of the presentationEVENT SPONSORS Thanks to our sponsors

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