Parkinsons Disease

Many Parkinson's Patients Hiding Symptoms From Loved Ones

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Almost two fifths of people with Parkinson's disease have felt the need to hide their symptoms or lie about having the condition, new research has rev...

People With Parkinson's Forced to Hide or Lie About Their Condition

Steve Ford | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

Over a third of people we surveyed experienced negative emotions in the year following their diagnosis, with the news having the hardest emotional impact on younger people. Many people reported feeling 'like their world had ended' 'they were grieving' or 'like they didn't know who to turn to'.

Losing My Mum Changed Me for the Better

Jenny Mullinder | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Mullinder

Five days after my 21st birthday my entire world changed. My Mum; the strongest, most vulnerable, most important woman I'd known, was dead. It was the worst day of my life, but it also caused me to finally confront all my demons, and start moving forward from them.

Why Was an Elderly Man Left to be Cared for By His Wife Who Had Mental Health Issues?

Davina Ludlow | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK
Davina Ludlow

Pensioner Joan Downing has been cleared of the manslaughter of her husband who had Parkinson's Disease, after he was left on the floor of their home i...

We Give Them Wings So They May Fly!

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I had four older brothers and as the only girl in the family, my mother and I had a close relationship. I left home when I was 21 and not once did my mother voice any concerns or worries, but whole heartedly showed her support, realising it was time for me to find my own way.

Drinking Coffee 'May Make You Live Longer', Study Reveals

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Drinking three to five cups per of coffee per day may reduce risk of premature death from serious illness, scientists have revealed. Moderate coffe...

Night Time Antics

Elaine Benton | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I am always scouring the internet, reading articles and keeping abreast of new developments that may help improve my quality of life, living with Parkinson's. Just like other patients, I have learnt an awful lot in the eight years since diagnosis.

Woman Able To 'Sniff Out Parkinson's Disease' Inspires Research

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Scientists have begun research into whether a person's odour can be used to diagnose Parkinson's disease after a "supersmeller" detected the disease b...

Parkinson's Drug Trial Helps Patients Walk And Talk Again

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A drug used to treat leukaemia has been shown to improve cognitive function and physical movement in patients with Parkinson's disease. The small c...

So You Think I'm Lucky?

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Knowing how important physical exercise is to keep Parkinson's at bay, I have taken to swimming on a regular basis, in the hope this will help retain my mobility for as long as possible. The other morning as I entered the Sports Center, I was practically accosted by a woman who appeared out of nowhere.

What's Wrong With the Welfare Reform Bill

Steve Ford | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK Politics
Steve Ford

'How long are you likely to have Parkinson's then?' Philip would have been pretty surprised if a friend in the pub asked him when he'd recover from ...

Leaving My Mark

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Making a good first impression and leaving your mark is important, but sometimes circumstances dictate an outcome different from what you had hoped for. A particular incident that happened to me a number of years ago comes to mind. I don't think I left the desired impression, but I'll let you be the judge of that...

On the Front Line

Elaine Benton | Posted 20.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The body takes a beating from constant symptoms, yet most patients I've come across, gallantly fight Parkinson's in silence each day, so it's no wonder our emotions are also affected. We feel bound by a code of honour to put on a brave face, smile when we can, and continue to sound positive to all those around us as this degenerative disease runs its course.

It's a Small Small World

Elaine Benton | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

A few weeks ago, a member of my family was taken into hospital for an operation. Although thankfully not life threatening surgery, I desperately wanted to jump in the car there and then, and drive straight to the hospital. Frustratingly in my physical condition this was unrealistic. I couldn't go anywhere, and a few words of comfort over the phone was all I could offer.

Man With Parkinson's Disease Doesn't Have Symptoms When He Plays Piano

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A man with Parkinson's disease is giving hope to dozens of other patients at an American hospital, all through the power of music. Lucien Leinfelde...

You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Although I'm highly organised and like being prepared for any eventuality, I must confess of late, living with Gaucher and Parkinson's, not to mention the new four legged addition to our family, it's a job staying on top of things.

Travelling With Gaucher and Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband has become highly adept in pushing me in my wheelchair whilst manoeuvring a large case on wheels at the same time - impressively even up and down steep inclines. This requires not only strength but the ability to steer avoiding any oncoming passengers and obstacles.

A Parkinson's Dinner Party

Elaine Benton | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Having Parkinson's and making a dinner party, requires military style organisation as many things have to be thought of. I try to choose a menu where most of the dishes can be prepared in advance, sticking to simple delicious fail-proof recipes I've made before which require little work and few ingredients.

Life Is Looking Rosie!

Elaine Benton | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

We have our work cut out for us working together with a professional trainer, and the next few months are not going to be easy, but in the long term we will end up with a well-trained companion/assistance dog who will hopefully enrich our lives, give me better quality of life and help me get through each day.

Does This Game Of Thrones Star Realise What He's Let Himself In For?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

'Game of Thrones' star Enzo Cilenti is preparing to take on two almighty challenges in the coming weeks… on screen, trading wits, and punches, with ...

Who Turned Up the Heat?

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Who would have thought it possible to turn into a human volcano? I seem to defy the laws of nature; Mount Vesuvius eat your heart out! I have become a human heater, and whilst my poor husband who is nightly tormented by my malfunctioning internal thermostat, he kindly never complains.

Who Becomes a Caregiver?

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My mother was diagnosed with vascular dementia and I was suddenly cast into the role of caregiver. The deterioration was far more advanced than I had first imagined and I witnessed this cruel disease as it left destruction in its wake.

Caring for the Carer

Elaine Benton | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As tough as it is for a patient to receive and come to terms with a new diagnosis, it is equally traumatic on the spouse/partner, who without any prior warning or consultation, is unceremoniously thrown into the role of caregiver. Many pick up this mantle without hesitation, out of loyalty, devotion and love, take on this arduous task.

"You Only Die Once"

Steve Ford | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Steve Ford

The majority of people with Parkinson's would prefer to die at home but research suggests they are more likely to die in hospital. That's why at Parkinson's UK we are calling for more work to be done to help people communicate their wishes about their death in the early stages of the condition.

Bottoms Up!

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I confess, at a loss what to do, throwing caution to the wind, I took a shot of vodka, which as you've probably guessed, did not get rid of the Parkinson symptoms. It did however relax me to a degree thereby making the situation a little more bearable with no adverse effect.