92 episodes

The Parkinson’s Experience is a podcast hosted by a Person with Parkinson’s (PWP) and based on her daily experiences. Listen in on her journey living with the disease and how she lives her best life with humor, generosity, empathy and knowledge. Her conversations with experts and patients like you are fascinating and authentic. They cover relevant topics from DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) to exercise to diet to medications to much more difficult subjects like personal relationships. Of the few podcasts available on this topic, don’t skip this one from the viewpoint of a patient.

Thank you to my sponsor – Boston Scientific, the maker of Vercise Genus, a Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS system. To learn more about Parkinson's treatment options, please visit DBSandMe.com

The Parkinson's Experience podcast Sheryl Lowenhar

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 20 Ratings

The Parkinson’s Experience is a podcast hosted by a Person with Parkinson’s (PWP) and based on her daily experiences. Listen in on her journey living with the disease and how she lives her best life with humor, generosity, empathy and knowledge. Her conversations with experts and patients like you are fascinating and authentic. They cover relevant topics from DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) to exercise to diet to medications to much more difficult subjects like personal relationships. Of the few podcasts available on this topic, don’t skip this one from the viewpoint of a patient.

Thank you to my sponsor – Boston Scientific, the maker of Vercise Genus, a Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS system. To learn more about Parkinson's treatment options, please visit DBSandMe.com

    092 Innovative Approach for Bladder Relief

    092 Innovative Approach for Bladder Relief

    The topic today is one of those difficult to discuss symptoms that most of us try to avoid and deal with it on our own. Not a great idea. So, let’s learn about and discuss our bladders. You might have an overactive one which is also referred to as hyperactive or underactive one also referred to as hypoactive. Unfortunately, the probably of anyone having bladder problems grows as we get older. However, people with Parkinson’s have an even higher incident.
    Listen on to learn why bladder problems occur in people with Parkinson’s and treatments available. I think you will find the treatment my guest, Dr. Tory McJunkin, offers is unique and, possibly, a game changer for those needing some bladder relief. You could get your life and freedom back.
    https://bladdercenter.com/
    https://www.axonics.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/BladderWellness/
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html
     

    • 38 min
    091 The Dean Team - Exercise Part 3

    091 The Dean Team - Exercise Part 3

    Welcome to the third episode in our three-episode series on exercise. During the process of researching for this episode, I have found more and more studies showing that exercise does help reduce symptoms of PD. Very exciting to be able to take control of your journey by including certain exercises in your day and week. My guest today, Dean Laws, did just that. After a period of denial and apathy, his buddies, or mates since Dean lives in Australia, urged him to take control and start running again. They went even further and formed The Dean Team to support Dean and the whole PD community.
    So, this is a story about the power of exercise and the importance of friendship, family, and the wider community. Listen on for a heartwarming dialogue with Dean. Plus, you will like his accent.
    Welcome to our new listeners in Australia. Our journey is the same no matter where you live. We can all use each other’s support and share our experiences to live our best lives.  Oh, and I hope you like my accent.
    https://www.pitchinforparkinsons.org.au/event/dean-team/home
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html
     

    • 43 min
    090 Exercise Cocktail Part 2

    090 Exercise Cocktail Part 2

    Welcome to part two in our series on exercise and how it has been proven to reduce the symptoms of PD. As one of my guests, Dr. Daniel Corcos, explains, “It is crystal clear, exercise slows the progression of Parkinson’s.” In this episode, Kristine Meldrum and Dr. Corcos, authors of the book “Parkinson’s: How to Reduce Symptoms Through Exercise,” continue to discuss the research and real life experiences of the positive effects realized from a personalized exercise “cocktail”.
    What should PWP be focused on achieving with our exercise cocktail in order to maximize our time and the benefits? What are the recommended exercises, how do we measure progress, how many minutes do we spend on each part of the cocktail? I know I have been waiting for the answers to those questions. Now, I can find them in this book. And you, the listeners, can get some of the answers by listening on and the rest are in the book!
    https://www.parkinsonsbook.com/
    https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/faculty-profiles/az/profile.html?xid=29101
    https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/research/podcast/can-exercise-slow-parkinsons-disease-progression-with-daniel-corcos-phd.html
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html 

    • 29 min
    089 Exercise Cocktail Part 1

    089 Exercise Cocktail Part 1

    OK, I know what you are thinking. Another exercise episode, really? Yes, but this isn’t your run of the mill plead for people with Parkinson’s to exercise more. Up until now, we have been told to exercise but not given any direction on which exercises are best for us. Recently friends recommended a book that is filling this deficit. It is based on research completed over 30 years in this area. As one of my guests, Dr. Daniel Corcos, explains, “It is crystal clear, exercise slows the progression of Parkinson’s.” I found the book very useful. The author, Kristine Meldrum uses real people with Parkinson’s stories to highlight the positive effects they benefited from their personalized exercise “cocktail”.
    The book is titled "Parkinson's: How to Reduce Symptoms Through Exercise". My conversation with authors was wide ranging and long. So, it became two episodes. This is Part One - the first part of our conversation.  Please look out for Part Two - the second half where we get more specific about the exercises that will help you the most in reducing symptoms.
    https://www.parkinsonsbook.com/
    https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/faculty-profiles/az/profile.html?xid=29101
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html
     

    • 36 min
    088 The Skinny on Skin

    088 The Skinny on Skin

    Did you know that people with Parkinson’s disease have a higher risk of developing certain skin disorders than the rest of the population including melanomas? Have you had a skin issue pop up on you and not know what it is or how you got it? There is a good chance you were experiencing a manifestation of the Parkinson’s disease process or a side effect of the medication you are taking. Just one more thing to worry about.  Right? On the other hand, our skin might provide a non-invasive way to help with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and maybe shorten the clinical trial process.
    On this episode, a Movement Disorder Specialist who has researched the dermatological conditions related to Parkinson’s disease and published an important scientific article on this topic will discuss the various skin conditions that PwP are susceptible to, how to prevent and treat them.  He is going to give us the skinny on the skin! This might just answer the questions you have about that dark spot on your arm.
    https://www.barrowneuro.org/person/nicki-niemann-md/
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html
     

    • 48 min
    087 Tips for Managing Stress

    087 Tips for Managing Stress

    My guest from the last episode on Nutrition, Debbie Polisky, is back to talk about stress and stress management. Research has shown stress can reduce a person’s life expectancy. How many years are we losing is determined by other factors and lifestyle choices. However, I am pretty sure everyone experiences stress in their lives so this episode is important and relevant to all listeners.
    Specific to People with Parkinson’s, we have many stressors that come with living daily with PD. And, there are other kinds of stressors in our lives – family issues, work issues, the weather, driving at night, horror movies, etc. Everyone’s reaction to stressors is different. How do People with Parkinson’s experience stress? How can we manage our stress better?
    We get answers and tips from Debbie. Keep listening and find out!
    https://www.wordsandhealth.com/en/home
    https://nutritiontango.com/
    https://www.dbsandme.com/en.html
     

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

mjjk2016 ,

Thank you!

Cheryl I very much appreciate your efforts, knowledge, dedication and more!
I was diagnosed in December 2013 and have been fortunate have been a life long exerciser!
Btw you sound so perky in this podcast! Mary

newjerseyarizonalady ,

Educational and inspiring

This podcast highlights topics that are often “out of the box”, not the typical Parkinson's information. You will be glad you listened.

coach approach ,

Inspiring

Podcast blends insights of people with PD with information from medical experts to educate and inspire others to stay positive, self-advocate, and live their best life. Highly recommend - uplifting!

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