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A Tribute to Moms

A Tribute to Moms

Join PCLA in celebrating the amazing mothers in our community! Honor a mom you love by making a donation to PCLA in her name.Add a special message with your donation, if you like, and we will post it here. If you'd like to include a photo, please email it to us...

Parkinson’s Poetry Spotlight: Alan Ascher

Parkinson’s Poetry Spotlight: Alan Ascher

Los Angeles native Alan Ascher began writing poems shortly after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His story exemplifies the power of art, connection, and inspiration working together to empower those living with Parkinson’s. Plus, it demonstrates how living...

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Why It Matters

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Why It Matters

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month, and it's more important than ever to raise awareness for this challenging disease. Parkinson's affects 1 million people in the United States alone, and there is still no cure. So this month, let's learn more about Parkinson's and...

Sleep Disorders Related to Parkinson’s Disease

Sleep Disorders Related to Parkinson’s Disease

Poor sleep quality can decrease a person’s overall quality of life. For those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), cognitive decline may contribute to sleep disturbances, which affect alertness in the morning and the ability to fall asleep. Whether you or your...

Parkinson’s Diet & Nutrition Guide: What to Eat and Avoid

Parkinson’s Diet & Nutrition Guide: What to Eat and Avoid

Anyone can develop Parkinson’s disease. Approximately 50,000 people in the United States get a Parkinson’s diagnosis every year. Maintaining a healthy diet is a possible way to help minimize the chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, eating well can...

Calling all poets!

Calling all poets!

PCLA is looking for submissions for our forthcoming Living Artistically: The Poetry of Parkinson’s book, to be published this April in honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month and National Poetry Month. We welcome submissions from anyone in the Parkinson’s community -...

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: Dancing Through Parkinson’s

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: Dancing Through Parkinson’s

Last month, attendees at our Life Beyond the Basics conference were treated to a “Parkinson’s Shake Out!” exercise break by our friends at Invertigo Dance Theatre. Since 2011, Invertigo has offered the “Dancing Through Parkinson’s” (DTP) dance program to our community

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Meet Our Los Angeles Community: An Update from the Parkinson’s Advocacy Forum

Meet Our Los Angeles Community: An Update from the Parkinson’s Advocacy Forum

Last month PCLA President Patrick LoSasso and Board Member Mark Siegel traveled to Washington, DC, for the 2019 Parkinson’s Advocacy Forum. They and 150 other advocates from across the country in educated Congressional members on policy issues impacting the PD community. We talked with Patrick about the Forum and some current legislative priorities.

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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

Let’s Talk Parkinson’s: Q&A Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s

Let’s Talk Parkinson’s: Q&A Speech Therapy for Parkinson’s

Questions about speech therapy for Parkinson's? PCLA recently hosted an online presentation and Q&A with Julia Nicholls, MA, CCC-SLP. DOWNLOAD THE DECK Tap the button below to download a PDF copy of the presentationWATCH THE PRESENTATION Miss the event? Watch the...

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