“Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.” ― Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses There are many reasons people with Parkinson’s fall so it’s important to identify the cause correctly in order to solve the problem and prevent fractures and hospitalizations which only increase mortality and disability. Every patient can experience allContinue reading “Treatments for Frequent Falls in Parkinson’s Patients: By Dr. De Leon”
“Know what to do if you feel faint or dizzy, especially if you might fall and hit your head.“ Marilyn vos Savant Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurological illness affecting the basal ganglia causing neuronal cell death of the dopamine producing cells within the substancia nigra as well as neuronal death in otherContinue reading “Common Causes & Treatments of Dizziness in PD: By Dr. De Leon”
First let’s look at the general population in order to understand how big a problem this is and how to avoid falling if possible. The number of falls increase with age. The reason for this increase is due to a number of contributing factors such as poor vision, decrease hearing, loss of balance, dizziness, andContinue reading “Tips for preventing falls and hip fractures in Parkinson’s patients: By Dr. De Leon”
First, in order for you to get the proper treatment you must be able to communicate to your doctor exactly what you are feeling. The way you do this is by learning the right terminology or the doctor “lingo” if you will. Some people say they are ‘dizzy’ to mean they have ‘vertigo,’ they areContinue reading “I am Dizzy! Is It My Parkinson’s? : By Dr. De Leon”
Freezing Gait in PD: By Dr. De Leon.
am a slow walker but I never walk backwards. Those who walk with God ALWAYS reach their destination.”- Unknown When I first began having symptoms of PD I was falling often because I was tripping on my left foot which would get stuck on the floor rather than continue stride – more often while initiatingContinue reading “Causes & Treatments for Freezing Gait in PD: By Dr. De Leon”
Smart shoes with lasers make strides in mobility – tech – 17 December 2014 – New Scientist.
Last month I have been dealing with my dad’s terminal illness. I have had my moments of frustration as many of you have in taking care of loved ones with chronic illnesses like PD because sometimes what we think is best for them is not what they think is best for them. So how doContinue reading “Tips for Making Life Easier for Both Caregivers & Chronically Ill Alike : By Dr. De Leon”
We all know that one of the biggest problems in Parkinson’s is the risk of falls especially as we age and the disease advances the risk seems to increase exponentially. Recently, there was a new consensus released by the Academy of neurology offering tips on fall prevention since according to the AAN 50%Continue reading “Parkinson’s & Fall Prevention : By Dr. De Leon”