18 episodes

Parkinson's Disease Caring Podcast provides care partners and caregivers of loved ones with Parkinson's disease with valuable information from Parkinson's disease specialists, caregivers, and patients. Timely and engaging interviews inform the care partner or caregiver to help equip them with the knowledge and confidence necessary to enjoy the caregiving years with less struggles and heartache.

Parkinson's Disease Caring Podcast Kevin Klos, MD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 11 Ratings

Parkinson's Disease Caring Podcast provides care partners and caregivers of loved ones with Parkinson's disease with valuable information from Parkinson's disease specialists, caregivers, and patients. Timely and engaging interviews inform the care partner or caregiver to help equip them with the knowledge and confidence necessary to enjoy the caregiving years with less struggles and heartache.

    #18 Caregiving Myths that may Sabotage the Care of Your Loved One

    #18 Caregiving Myths that may Sabotage the Care of Your Loved One

    In my clinical practice, I have the opportunity to discuss many caregiving related subjects with my patients and their caregivers. I hear many pervasive opinions on certain topics that many caregivers learn from misinformation on the internet, discussed in support groups, and other resources. These myths have the opportunity to sabotage the care of your loved one. On this episode, I bring to your attention some of the more common myths and misconceptions and address the science behind my recommendations. 

    Learn easy action steps that you may implement right away to help partner with your loved one as they battle Parkinson's disease. 

    The Parkinson's disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 35 min
    #17: New Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) and Recommendations for Care Partners in monitoring a loved one after DBS surgery(Interview with Dr. Andrew Conner, Oklahoma DBS Neurosurgeon)

    #17: New Technologies for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery (DBS) and Recommendations for Care Partners in monitoring a loved one after DBS surgery(Interview with Dr. Andrew Conner, Oklahoma DBS Neurosurgeon)

    This show shares my interview with Neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Conner, from the University of Oklahoma Neurosurgery department. Dr. Conner received his DBS training from one of the top rated DBS centers in the world, the University of California San Francisco . 

    In the last few years, the field of Movement Disorders have witnessed numerous advances in technology for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). Now there are three device companies producing innovative hardware for the market place. The surgical procedure has evolved with the technology and outcomes have improved greatly with these advances. We have seen not only better efficacy results from the procedure but a reduction in side effects. Dr. Conner shares the details of these advances and how he performs the surgery today. 

    In addition, Dr. Conner provides great advise on caring for a loved one going through DBS surgery. He points out what to watch out for after surgery. Dr. Conner has a passion for this procedure and helping patients who require this DBS implant to have the best outcome possible. He also discusses some  of the differences between the new Ultrasound ablation procedure as it compares to DBS. 

    The Parkinson's disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #16: Servant Caregiving (Interview with caregiver Jack)

    #16: Servant Caregiving (Interview with caregiver Jack)

    True happiness results when a caregiver is able to serve a loved one with their entire mind, body and spirit. As caregivers, we have an incredible opportunity to find this happiness in our journey with a loved one battling Parkinson's disease. To find this happiness, we have to put aside our own selfish thoughts and desires and give our best to our loved one. This is certainly easy to say and hard to accomplish. 

    I interviewed a caregiver named Jack. His wife, Lois, was a patient in my practice with a long history of Parkinson's disease. Jack is one of the best caregivers I have witnessed demonstrating a servant heart in the way he cared for Lois over her last 17 years with this illness. As he says, "I did it out of love." I hope you enjoy the stories and advise Jack shares with us on this interview. 

    The Parkinson's disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 27 min
    #15: The importance of dietary protein and protein interaction with dopamine therapy for Parkinson's disease

    #15: The importance of dietary protein and protein interaction with dopamine therapy for Parkinson's disease

    Perhaps you and/or your loved one with Parkinson's disease have read about protein intake and possible interactions with dopamine therapy. You may have read articles recommending a diet low in protein if you have Parkinson's disease. 

    On this episode, I discuss the facts and science behind dietary protein intake and Parkinson's disease. I discuss proper timing of levodopa or dopamine therapy and protein intake. I present some cases from my clinic illustrating these concepts. 

    As a care partner or caregiver, it is important to be familiar with proper protein intake and timing of medication around protein intake to help your loved one achieve the most from their medication and find stability and consistency in the benefits of their medication dosing. 

    The Parkinson's disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 27 min
    #14: Constipation, poor digestive motility, and digestive emergencies you need to know about to help your loved one with Parkinson's disease (Interview with Gastroenterologist, Dr. Matt Blankenship)

    #14: Constipation, poor digestive motility, and digestive emergencies you need to know about to help your loved one with Parkinson's disease (Interview with Gastroenterologist, Dr. Matt Blankenship)

    In this episode, I interview a board certified gastroenterologist, Dr. Matt Blankenship from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Blankenship has experience treating numerous digestive system problems related to Parkinson's disease. He is also one of the most experienced interventionalists in the US regarding Duopa therapy. 

    Dr. Blankenship discusses the different types of constipation that our loved ones commonly face throughout the illness with Parkinson's disease. He offers practice treatment advise for this problem including a discussion of both over the counter treatment options as well as prescription therapies. He discusses the new therapy for chronic constipation with brand name Motegrity. 

    In this episode, Dr. Blankenship also discusses digestive health screening recommendations both for people with Parkinson's disease and care partners and caregivers. He discusses Duopa therapy. Finally, he educates us on some important symptoms that your loved one may experience that would alert you to seek medical attention promptly. 

    The Parkinson's disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 45 min
    #13: How to monitor your loved one for swallowing impairment and what to do about it (Interview with Tiffany Turner, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing)

    #13: How to monitor your loved one for swallowing impairment and what to do about it (Interview with Tiffany Turner, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing)

    In this episode, I interview a Swallow Specialist from Oklahoma, Tiffany Turner, to learn about how Parkinson's disease may impair swallowing function. Tiffany explains how dysfunction in the nervous system may lead to swallowing difficulty and what clinical signs we need to be aware of as caregivers that such a problem is developing. Tiffany explains how a swallow disorder is evaluated in the clinic and in the hospital settings. She details for us what she is looking for and how she recognizes if the swallowing difficulty may be a result of some other gastrointestinal disorder. Tiffany provides us with treatment options that may reverse swallowing dysfunction in our loved one as well as information on how to prevent life threatening complications related to swallowing. 

    The Parkinson's Disease Caring Podcast is produced and hosted by Dr. Kevin Klos. Please visit www.pdcaring.com for more resources and information. 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Lainikins ,

Thank you!

This podcast has been such a help to me. I am the sole caregiver to my husband who has had PD for 25 years. Good sound advice that is kindly and logically given.

Tim Schreyer ,

Great resource for care givers and love ones

My mom said as diagnosed a few years ago and my dad is thus primary care giver. I forwarded him this podcast and he was so appreciative. I also got a lot out of it and learned a lot and will be following up with the doctor with better, more appropriate questions regarding medication and care.

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