Parkinsons Disease

Caring for the Carer

Elaine Benton | Posted 21.05.2015 | 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 19.05.2015 | 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 13.05.2015 | 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.

I See You!

Elaine Benton | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The things people do when they assume no one is watching can be heart-warming, amusing, but occasionally just down right astonishing. I've often wondered what makes some men feel they can't be seen in the car.

A Friend Till the End

Elaine Benton | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Having a much-loved pet put down, is one of life's unpleasant responsibilities when owning a dog. Saving an animal from unnecessary suffering, when nothing else can be done, we sometimes have to make the difficult decision, knowing it is the kind and humane thing to do.

Hostility and Rudeness Blight Lives of 69,000 With Parkinson's

Steve Ford | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

People with Parkinson's have told us they've been stared at, had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness, and even been laughed at in public because of their symptoms.

Frozen

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As I reached the frozen foods section, Parkinson's decided to unexpectedly throw me a curve ball, and I suddenly came to a grinding halt and froze. Rather appropriately, or ironic - depending on how you look at it, I was rooted to the spot next to the frozen vegetables.

Parkinson's Awareness Day

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As absurd as it sounds, I could swear the older I get, the faster time speeds up! It's hard to imagine a whole year has passed and here we are once again, marking the 11 April as Parkinson's Awareness Day. A very appropriate date, i.e. the birthday of the infamous Dr James Parkinson, who first recorded the disease in 1817.

Home is Best

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

I've heard time and again about fellow Parkinson's sufferers experiencing devastating consequences from being hospitalised. From personal experience, I understand the severity and possible ramifications all too well after being hospitalised some months ago. Hospitalisation is something I try to avoid at all costs, but occasionally there is no choice.

Was It Something I Said?

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When first diagnosed, there is a flurry of shock and interest from those you know, but slowly as they realise this is a long term disease requiring dedication, their sympathy wanes. Friends, and bizarrely, some family too, have mysteriously vanished into thin air.

Presenting Gaucher and Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The DNA lottery has dealt me the booby prize of receiving two diseases, but ill health doesn't stop me living life to the best of my ability. "The show must go on", as they would say in the theatre.

Apple Just Turned The iPhone Into A Medical 'Tricorder'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech

Apple has unveiled ResearchKit, a program that allows researchers to turn your iPhone 6 into a powerful medical analytics tool. Apps built through ...

Silent Heroes

Elaine Benton | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Keeping up appearances is an important coping mechanism for many living with Parkinson's, who fully understand that were they to drop this necessary façade of sorts, the distressing picture would likely send family and friends running in the opposite direction.

A breath Test to Diagnose Parkinson's - Hard Science or Hot Air?

Steve Ford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Steve Ford

We've been struggling for decades to find the answer - a definitive diagnostic test for Parkinson's. So far brain scans, blood tests and urine samples haven't come up with the goods. As a result there's often doubt, and even error, in Parkinson's diagnosis, particularly in the early stages.

Attention Parkinson Toe Curlers!

Elaine Benton | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

They say "a problem shared is a problem halved". Quite frankly, I was getting desperate. After last week, appealing to fellow Parkinson's sufferers regarding a particular pesky problem many are afflicted with, (the dreaded painful toe curling symptom) I received many interesting and inventive suggestions.

People With Parkinson's Confused and Abandoned After Diagnosis

Steve Ford | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Ford

This chronic lack of information and support is leaving people with Parkinson's feeling discarded and deserted at the toughest time of their lives. This is simply unacceptable.

The Pains of Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

There appears little to ease the pain a Parkinson's patient experiences first thing in the morning. The stiffness and rigidity that set in during the night, leave one feeling like a stiff board. Just rolling over or getting out of bed becomes extremely difficult and takes tremendous effort.

Turn Me "On" Please!

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Being newly diagnosed, I was far from suffering what would become in future years, one of the most annoying debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's. At the time, unfamiliar with the term 'on' and 'off' I asked for clarification of this phrase.

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As a person living with Parkinson's, just like millions of other fellow sufferers, when first diagnosed, I took a crash course in scouring the Internet to educate myself. Patients generally understand and know full well the harsh reality that awaits them.

It's a No Win Situation

Elaine Benton | Posted 04.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

It's like riding some frenzied merry-go-round, but there's nothing remotely "merry" about living with Parkinson's. Most of the time I'm bursting with fighting spirt and determination not to let Parkinson's get the upper hand...

There's No Room at the Inn!

Elaine Benton | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

As adults we often view loneliness as a sign of failure, and a successful person is surrounded by a multitude of friends. In reality, this is not the case, for generally one has only a small handful of what can be considered loyal good friends, the others are merely acquaintances.

Fighting For Your Rights

Elaine Benton | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Different countries around the world with diverse health schemes, adhere to set rules and regulations. Learning how the system works where you live, and finding out what you're entitled to, are just the first steps, in what feels like a voyage into uncharted waters.

Thank You Michael McIntyre

Elaine Benton | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Living with a long term illness can be awfully hard sometimes, and we all need a good laugh now and then. Comedy takes your mind off a bad situation, even if just for a short time, which one could say is the true form of "comic relief".

The Night Before

Elaine Benton | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The night before surgery is always strange, sleeping in a hospital bed waiting to get tomorrow over and done with, so the recovery process can begin. Thoughts of home and getting back to some form of normality fill my sleepy head.

The Magic of Chicken Soup

Elaine Benton | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Entering the winter months, night closes in early, as darkness envelops us with a chill in the air. There is nothing more welcoming than arriving home, greeted by the wonderful aroma of a steaming pot of soup on the stove.