8 episodes

The Parkinson’s Disease podcast is a miniseries told by people living with Parkinson’s disease, their loved ones and health experts. We explore what causes Parkinson’s, how it’s diagnosed, and the treatments that are available. And we discuss how caregivers and loved ones can cope with Parkinson's disease, too.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition which is often associated with tremors, imbalance and rigidity, but it affects every person differently. Parkinson's disease impacts about one million Americans and over 8.5 million people worldwide. A diagnosis brings questions, concerns and fears about what lies ahead. 
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Parkinson's Disease Podcast, by Health Unmuted Health UNMUTED

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The Parkinson’s Disease podcast is a miniseries told by people living with Parkinson’s disease, their loved ones and health experts. We explore what causes Parkinson’s, how it’s diagnosed, and the treatments that are available. And we discuss how caregivers and loved ones can cope with Parkinson's disease, too.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition which is often associated with tremors, imbalance and rigidity, but it affects every person differently. Parkinson's disease impacts about one million Americans and over 8.5 million people worldwide. A diagnosis brings questions, concerns and fears about what lies ahead. 
Listen, follow and share this series with the people in your life.
For informational purposes only. Please consult a registered health professional for advice.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

    What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

    The World Health Organization reports that the number of people with Parkinson's disease has doubled over the past 25 years, estimating over 8.5 million individuals living with Parkinson's globally. (1)

    Parkinson’s is a degenerative condition which is often associated with tremors, imbalance and rigidity, but it affects every person differently. 

    In this first episode of the Parkinson’s Disease Podcast, we’ll start with the basics: 

    What is Parkinson’s Disease? 

    Who is at risk of developing Parkinson’s?

    What are some early signs of the condition? 


    We’ll also hear what it’s like to live with Parkinson’s disease from those diagnosed.

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    Resources

    What is Parkinson’s?


    Webinar on recognising the early signs of Parkinson’s - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Other parkinsonion conditions - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Genetic causes of Parkinson’s - Michael J Fox Foundation


    Webinar on sleep disorders and acting out dreams - Michael J Fox Foundation 


    Terms Mentioned


    Dopamine - WebMD


    Tremor and Resting Tremor - Parkinson's Foundation


    Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder - Mayo Clinic 

    Olfactory nerve - nerve relating to the sense of smell


    Hoehn & Yahr staging - Parkinson's Foundation

    Axial symptoms - these include symptoms such as walking disorders, posture disorders, and speech and swallowing disorders



    Helpline
    Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline - 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636)

    Podcast
    Substantial Matters: Life and Science of Parkinson’s Podcast

    Community Group
    PD Avengers

    Guests’ Books 

    Ending Parkinson’s Disease: a Prescription for Action by Ray Dorsey MD, Todd Sherer PhD, Michael S. Okun MD and Bastiaan R. Bloem MD PhD 

    References
    (1) https://www.who.int/news/item/14-06-2022-launch-of-who-s-parkinson-disease-technical-brief


    Get all the links and the episode transcript by visiting the website here.

    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

    • 21 min
    How Is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed? And How Is a Care Team Created?

    How Is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed? And How Is a Care Team Created?

    Parkinson’s disease can’t be diagnosed through a simple blood test or scan. After a referral from a primary care doctor, it often takes visits to a neurologist or movement disorder specialist before receiving a clinical diagnosis. 

    In this episode, we speak to healthcare providers and those living with the disease about the diagnostic process. We also explain how to build a Parkinson’s care team - a group of healthcare providers that provide support after diagnosis.

    For more links and resources, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com

    Resources

    Building a care team


    Movement disorder specialist directory - International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Society


    Find a PD expert care center - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Building a care team - Michael J Fox Foundation


    Support after diagnosis


    Early signs of PD- Brain and Life Magazine (AAN)


    Guide to the early years after diagnosis - Michael J Fox Foundation


    Terms Mentioned

    DaTscan - test to help in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s, read more on APDA

    Podcast
    The Michael J Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Podcast

    Community Group

    PD Avengers 

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    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

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    • 16 min
    What is Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease?

    What is Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease?

    Does Parkinson’s only affect older people?  

    A common misconception is that Parkinson’s disease only affects people in the later stages of life, but that isn’t always the case. 

    Young-Onset Parkinson’s disease refers to people who are diagnosed much earlier, sometimes in their 20’s or 30’s.  

    In this episode, we hear from three people who are living with Young-Onset Parkinon’s disease about their experiences, and the impact on and adjustments to their careers, health decisions and family life after diagnosis. 

    For more links and resources, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com

    Resources

    Talking about Parkinson's


    Talking to your Children about Parkinson’s - Michael J Fox Foundation


    My parent has parkinson’s fact sheet - Parkinson’s Foundation 


    Talking to your employer about PD - Parkinson’s Foundation 


    Terms from this Episode

    Hand Dystonia : "excessive, involuntary muscle contractions in the fingers, hand, forearm, and sometimes shoulder" - Dystonia Foundation


    Podcasts

    Learning About Parkinson's Podcast


    Young Onset 101 podcast episode - Parkinson’s Foundation 

    Parkinson's Life Podcast


    Community Group
    PD Avengers

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    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

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    • 20 min
    Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, and the Role of Clinical Trials

    Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, and the Role of Clinical Trials

    There's no cure for Parkinson's disease, but there are ways to manage it and treat symptoms.

    In this episode, we explore how different types of medications can help, and the importance of clinical trials in progressing treatment options. 

    We hear from people who are living with Parkinson’s disease about their medication journeys.  

    We also discuss an alternative surgical treatment that is available: deep brain stimulation.
     
    For more links and resources, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com

    Resources

    Medication


    Medication explained - Mayo Clinic


    Webinar about on/off time - Michael J Fox foundation 

    Parkinson’s Drugs- Parkinson’s UK Resource


    FDA Approved Medications-  APDA


    Terms Mentioned


    Carbidopa-levodopa - Mayo Clinic


    Sinemet, Parcopa, Duopa and other brand names for Sinemet - on Medscape


    Dopamine agonists (pramipexole, ropinirole) - Mayo Clinic


    Dyskinesia- Parkinson Foundation


    Deep Brain Stimulation - Mayo Clinic


    Alternative Surgical Treatment Option

    Deep Brain Stimulation - Parkinson's Org

    Clinical Trials


    Clinical Trials- Parkinson’s Foundation


    Clinical Trials Recruiting- Cure Parkinsons


    Podcasts
    Parkinson's Foundation Podcast

    Community Group
    PD Avengers

    Get all the links and the episode transcript by visiting the website here.
     
    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

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    • 19 min
    Exercise for People with Parkinson’s - From the Gym to Physical Therapy

    Exercise for People with Parkinson’s - From the Gym to Physical Therapy

    When it comes to slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s disease, exercise is critical. But you don't need to be a lifelong athlete to benefit. 

    In this episode, we hear why exercise is so important, and some easy ways people living with Parkinson’s can get started today. 

    We also cover the importance of physical and occupational therapy, and hear tips on how home adaptations can help manage symptoms.

    For more links and resources, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com

    Resources

    The benefits of exercise

    Study to show exercise improves depression in Parkinson’s patients 


    Benefits of exercise for slowing parkinson’s disease - Parkinson's Foundation 


    Downloadable resources on benefits of exercise for PD - Stanford Medicine


    Why you should exercise - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Terms Mentioned:

    GERD, Gastroesophageal reflux disease - Mayo Clinic

    Exercise guides


    Skills and Wellness channel - Youtube - Mobility videos


    Parkinson’s foundation - Youtube - Fitness Friday videos


    Step by Step Physio Movements - Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery

    MENTOR Program 


    Exercise videos - Brian Grant Foundation


    Home Adaptations 


    Easy changes to make around the house - Davis Phinney Foundation Video


    Bathroom and grooming aids - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Webinar on creating a safe home environment - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Podcast
    Parkinson's Podcast by the Davis Phinney Foundation

    Community Group
    PD Avengers

    Get all the links and the episode transcript by visiting the website here.

    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

    What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know!

    • 18 min
    Food and Parkinson’s Disease: Nutrition, Meal Preparation and the Act of Eating

    Food and Parkinson’s Disease: Nutrition, Meal Preparation and the Act of Eating

    Food is an important part of everyone’s life. Adjusting your diet while managing a chronic illness can be a challenge.

     In this episode, we speak to a dietician about the foods and diets that are often recommended for people with Parkinson's. 

    We also hear about tips and tools to make cooking and eating a little easier, especially while experiencing motor and non-motor symptoms.

    For more links and resources, visit our website at HealthUnmuted.com

    Resources

    Diet and nutrition


    Guide to eating a Mediterranean diet - Michael J Fox Foundation


    Meal time booklet - Parkinson’s Foundation


    Information of pro and prebiotics  - Parkinson's Foundation


    Common symptoms

    Studies to show constipation as common symptom of Parkinson’s disease - Study 1 and Study 2  


    Webinar on gut related issues in Parkinson’s Disease - Michael J Fox Foundation


    Adaptive Tools


    Swivel Spoons - Various types available on Amazon.com


    Lift steady table ware - Product website


    Wrist weights  - Various types available on Amazon.com


    Weighted bracelet - Product website


    Podcast

    When Life Gives You Parkinson’s Podcast

    Acid reflux podcast 


    Community Group
    PD Avengers

    Get all the links and the episode transcript by visiting the website here.

    This episode is made possible with support from Altoida and LSVT Global.

    What did you think of this episode? We’d love to hear from you. Please visit healthunmuted.com/feedback to let us know!

    Note: Links and resources provided are for informational purposes only. There is no commercial relationship between the organizations referenced and the publisher of this podcast

    • 20 min

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