Parkinsons Disease

What Makes My Blood Boil?

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A person suffering a degenerative disease, no matter how well they cope, cannot in reality be upbeat and happy every single moment of each day. This would be impossible and an unrealistic expectation.

Are You A Shopaholic or Is It Parkinson's?

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband really lucked out in one respect when we married, for he never had to worry about me over using his credit card on big spending sprees. I never enjoyed shopping and quite frankly found it a chore, culminating in me often wearing the same old outfits year in year out.

Make Time Stand Still

Elaine Benton | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I would like to dedicate this article to a good friend who is battling Parkinson's and will hopefully be undergoing surgery soon. May you have a speedy recovery, resulting in an improved quality of life. This article is for you - one of the many unknown heroes, whose private story goes unsung but who inspires me with your bravery, insightful words of wisdom, a great sense of humour and wit.

This Could Catch Parkinson's Disease Early

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A brain-scanning technique that detects early signs of Parkinson's holds out the hope of tackling the disease before it starts to cause symptoms. R...

Parkinson's Barefoot & Loud

Elaine Benton | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I have been walking badly for so long, I thought Parkinson's along with Gaucher disease had taken its toll and my mobility would never improve. A couple of weeks ago, a lady wrote to me (a fellow Parkinson sufferer who's been reading my blog) telling me she goes barefoot in the house and how it's improved her walking

Making Right Decisions

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

If you have a life insurance policy, don't cash it in no matter what. Listen to good advice when given by your agent, for you have no way of knowing your future health status, and once diagnosed with certain diseases, insurance companies are loathe to insure a person who is considered a bad risk.

Life's Cruel Jokes

Elaine Benton | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I've been asked on occasion "How do you get Parkinson's?" Believe me, I wish I knew the answer to that million dollar question. I'm sure I wasn't the only child who was told "never sit on a public toilet seat" for fear of catching something nasty, the advice of which I took most earnestly when young.

Setting Achievable Goals

Elaine Benton | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

We can all do something to make a difference, and celebrate the unique individuals we are. I am no longer afraid of embarrassing myself; Parkinson's has done a great job removing any fears of making a fool of myself.

Internet Support Groups

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Before Internet, e-mails, mobile phones, the technology we enjoy today, and now take for granted, it was far harder to find the latest information, meet with others in the same situation and impossible to correspond with fellow sufferers half way round the world. If there was a support group located near to one's home, then it was a stroke of luck.

Parkinson's Awareness Month 2014

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

magine for one moment, being trapped inside a body that doesn't work properly and no longer responds to your brain signals. There you are, totally lucid, thoughts and wishes intact yet incapable of talking, writing, typing or making any visual signs to converse.

Animals endure 'severe' distress in charity-funded experiments

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK

British charity The Cure Parkinson's Trust has been condemned for funding "profoundly disturbing" experiments in which monkeys have their brains damag...

Understanding Chronic Pain

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

In many ways I depend on people who are not sick. I need you to visit me when I'm too sick to go out. Sometimes I need help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, or taken to the doctor. You are my link to normalcy and help me to keep in touch with parts of life I miss.

To Sleep Perchance to Dream

Elaine Benton | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Anyone suffering insomnia, I'm sure can relate to waking up at all times of the night, not quite certain if to leave the warmth of their bed, or remain tossing and turning relentlessly, in the hope of finally falling asleep.

Billy Connolly Is Not A Hobbit Fan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Comedy

National treasure (TM) Billy Connolly may be playing a dwarf in the next Hobbit movie - but he's not a fan of Tolkein's work, as he revealed on Conan ...

A No-brainer for Unlocking Science

Alice Bonasio | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Alice Bonasio

It's no secret that better collaboration between scientists can lead to new insights and faster discoveries, and the world's richest countries are now using this idea globally to push for a dementia cure.

Winning the Fight

Elaine Benton | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Some friends stick around for years through thick and thin, and others appear in our lives for just a season. You may not see a friend for a long time, yet when together, you immediately pick up from where you left off, as if no time has passed at all.

The Promise of Placebos - and the Promise Beyond?

Tony Lobl | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK
Tony Lobl

"The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you're doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response," said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

Love Me, Love My Dog

Elaine Benton | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My dog has a face only a mother could love, she incessantly drools, snores loudly and smells (so I've been told). Due to Parkinson's I have no sense of smell, so it doesn't bother me! We have become inseparable and together 24/7 for over eight years; family and friends now know and accept, "Love me, love my dog"!

Money Doesn't Buy Health or Happiness

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

So does money buy health and happiness? I'm afraid to some degree, it does. It buys security, physical comfort, eases worries and anxieties, which in of itself brings calm and allows happiness to reign in a household.

Parkinson's Waits For No Man

Elaine Benton | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Parkinson's waits for no man, and certainly not this woman, as I can't type at the same speed as my thoughts any more, and if I don't get them down straight away, they are lost. Writing with pen and paper is of no help at all, in fact it makes matters even worse.

Parkinson's Keeps on Taking

Elaine Benton | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My worst nightmare is becoming a burden to my family, which I'm sure is in the back of many people's minds. No one wants to put loved ones through such difficulties and heartbreak. Why is it the people we love the most seem to be the ones who end up suffering? I am painfully aware my family, despite their smiles and good humour, encounter strains and difficulties due to my ill health.

How Are You?

Elaine Benton | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When people ask me "How are you?" I have to think twice, not because I don't know, but often am not sure what they want to hear. Some ask out of common courtesy, simply being polite, but would rather I answer "I'm fine thank you" than hear a long account; perish the thought of hearing the truth and understanding the full picture of living with chronic disease.

Gene Therapy Treatment For Parkinson's Shows Promise, Researchers Say

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A gene therapy for Parkinson's disease has produced promising results in its first patient trial, say researchers. The ProSavin treatment uses an i...

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Elaine Benton | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Every morning as I clean my teeth, and the strange reflection of someone I once knew stares back at me with an expressionless face, I wish I had a magic mirror that would show me what I'd like to see. Unfortunately the mirror does not lie, as I look at myself I can hardly believe it's me. Our bathroom scales annoyingly also tell me the truth...

The Sound of Music

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As ridiculous as this sounds, we started dancing around the lounge and kitchen, to the loud music and our uninhibited cavorting instantly lightened our mood. Moving to music is not only fun but highly beneficial, freeing up those stiff rigid joints and an excellent cardiovascular workout.