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Understanding Gut Health Issues With Parkinson’s Disease

Understanding Gut Health Issues With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is commonly known for motor symptoms caused by the disease, such as tremors and rigidity. Those living with Parkinson’s, however, know that the disease is much more than that, and the challenges caused by their non-motor symptoms significantly affect their...

Ralphs Community Rewards program now donates to PCLA

Ralphs Community Rewards program now donates to PCLA

PCLA is now enrolled in the Ralphs Community Rewards program, which means we earn donations when you shop for groceries!   HOW IT WORKS: If you have a Ralphs reward card, you can enroll in the Community Rewards Program with PCLA as your charity of choice. The...

Getting Involved with Parkinson’s Research in 2022

Getting Involved with Parkinson’s Research in 2022

Around the world, over 10 million people are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Within the U.S. alone, around 60,000 people are diagnosed with PD each year. While the disease affects everyone differently, there’s no doubt it can significantly impact the quality of...

Resources for Parkinson’s research news

Resources for Parkinson’s research news

What to stay up-to-date on the latest in Parkinson's research news? Check out the following resources, and don't forget to join us on Thursday, July 28, for an update on the latest in research from Dr. Jeff Bronstein and his research team at UCLA. Watch Dr....

A Look Back at “Sunday in the Park” with PCLA

A Look Back at “Sunday in the Park” with PCLA

“Sunday in the Park” with PCLA was a huge success and brought so much joy to everyone that participated. The event occurred at Pan Pacific Park on Sunday, June 26, 2022. What was intended to be a casual get-together turned out to be so much more! This was our first...

Guide to Better Mental Health for People With Parkinson’s

Guide to Better Mental Health for People With Parkinson’s

Living with Parkinson's Disease (PD) can be both physically and mentally difficult. Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's, so it’s vital to learn how to live with the condition and nurture your mental health. This guide will provide you with information on...

A Tribute to Dad

A Tribute to Dad

Join PCLA in celebrating the amazing fathers in our community! Honor a dad you love -- and help family's living with Parkinson's disease -- by making a donation to PCLA in his name. Add a special message with your donation, if you like, and we will post it here. If...

Awesome Outdoor Exercises for People With Parkinson’s

Awesome Outdoor Exercises for People With Parkinson’s

Living with Parkinson's disease can be difficult, but regular exercise can help to improve symptoms and quality of life. While indoor exercise is important, recent research has shown that outdoor exercise is also greatly beneficial for those with Parkinson's. Walking...

Healthiest Indoor Exercises for People With Parkinson’s

Healthiest Indoor Exercises for People With Parkinson’s

Indoor exercises are a great way to conveniently and safely promote healthy living. For those with Parkinson’s disease (PD), regular physical activity in the comfort of your home, gym, or activity center can help improve many of the symptoms associated with PD. In...

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...

PCLA News & Resources

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 -...

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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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