Category: Winter advice


Parkinson’s can create aches and stiffness in different parts of the body. As if that’s not enough challenge to contend with when trying to button a shirt or jacket, using utensils or tools, or opening containers, arthritis is often an unwanted companion, especially in the hands and wrists.

Read more from UC Berkeley School of Public Health about hand exercises that can offer some relief. Physical therapy with a therapist specially trained in working with hands is another option to consider.

And keep those hands warm during cold weather with gloves, mittens, and hand warmers!


Maybe it’s just a cold…or maybe it’s the often dangerous FLU!

For extremely important cold and flu season tips from the National Medical Director for the Parkinson’s Foundation for people with Parkinson’s, Click here

Since his appointment in 2006, Dr. Michael Okun has worked with the Centers of Excellence to help foster the best possible environments for care, research and outreach in Parkinson’s disease. He is a leading national spokesperson for Parkinson’s disease, and has been extensively quoted in The New York Times, Wall St. Journal, USA Today, CNN and other media.

Dr. Okun runs the popular Ask the Doctor forum on, the NPF website, and writes a monthly blog on hot issues in research and care.



Have you noticed that some of the hardest promises to keep are the ones we make to ourselves? Lots of those promises come bearing the title “New Year’s Resolutions”. Truth be known, most of us could use some strategies for creating the motivation to KEEP those promises/resolutions that we know are important.

Take heart and take a look at these helpful tips from the National Parkinson Foundation! As for me, at this moment, three cheers for the dog in the cartoon!