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2023 Guide To Traveling with Parkinson’s Disease

2023 Guide To Traveling with Parkinson’s Disease

Having Parkinson’s disease doesn’t mean you can’t travel. Use this guide to learn how to properly plan and make a few adjustments to help you embark on your next journey! First Things First — Consult Your Doctor Before Traveling Start by scheduling an appointment with...

I Got Diagnosed with Parkinson’s — Now What Do I Do?

I Got Diagnosed with Parkinson’s — Now What Do I Do?

First things first: take a deep breath. Understandably, it can be a lot to take in. But know these three things: You’re not alone. You have many support options. You can live a great life! Nonetheless, knowing what to do next or where to turn for help can be tough....

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. According to 2020 data, 3–5% start before age 40. Surprising to many, symptoms of YOPD can start to appear in a...

Understanding Art Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Understanding Art Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

The benefits of art therapy go beyond creating beautiful masterpieces. Art therapy can help promote better mental and physical health as well. In particular, the effects of art therapy have been shown to help improve the quality of life for those affected by...

At-home fitness options for people with Parkinson’s

At-home fitness options for people with Parkinson’s

Looking for resources for exercising at home? There are a lot of great options out there, from pre-recorded videos you can watch on your own schedule, to live virtual group classes. Online exercise videos & YouTube channels PCLA’s Fun Fitness class on YouTube...

How Can You Be An Effective Care Partner?

How Can You Be An Effective Care Partner?

Parkinson's disease can change your loved one's life in many ways and can also change yours. How your relationship will grow depends on your outlook as a care partner. However, the weight is not entirely on your shoulders, and you must also care for yourself. Being an...

What’s A Parkinson’s Care Partner & Why Are They Important?

What’s A Parkinson’s Care Partner & Why Are They Important?

When a loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson's, it can be difficult to know how to help. One of the most important things you can do is to become a care partner. Also known as a “caregiver,” a care partner provides physical, emotional, and, sometimes, financial...

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...

PCLA News & Resources

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....

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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...

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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...

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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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