The Remarkable Cycle of Giving

2020 is the International Year of The Nurse and Midwife and it is timely for us to celebrate the commitment of the 22 million nurses worldwide.

Despite Covid 19, our Parkinson's Nurse Specialist team have been able to continue consulting with the Parkinson's community through telephone or Telehealth options.

Many have benefited from the Parkinson's Nurse Specialist Service in WA:

"The competence, breadth of knowledge and ability to effectively communicate is beyond what we could ask for. Anything we can do to support the efforts of the nurses and staff will be repaid many times over by their efforts" Bob & Diane

"My nurse is so knowledgeable and patient. She explains why I am feeling the way I do, the cause of it and what I can do to alleviate my discomfort. Every visit is so thorough. She asks about my condition, my medication, checks my progress and ensures that I am in my best state before she leaves" Janet & Steve

 "I give to Parkinson's WA so that others will have the opportunity to receive the care that I have experienced over the past five years."  Jean Arkley

Thank you all for the well wishes and appreciation for the nurses. As you know, all events and fundraising for possibly the rest of this year have been cancelled. Your donation is vital as it assists with funding our Parkinson's Nurse Specialist Service. We are reaching out to you to assist in this appeal so that we can continue with our services. Once again, thank you for your ongoing support and being a valued member of the Parkinson's community in WA.

Kind regards

John McDonald

President

 

Exercise is Key!

It’s a well known fact that for those afflicted with Parkinson’s, exercise is crucial in order to maintain your best quality of life. While medication for Parkinson’s patients’ plays a major role in managing symptoms, exercise is the key to maintaining muscle strength, flexibility and balance.

As Parkinson’s progresses, it becomes easier to exercise less, but this is precisely the opposite of what your body requires. Muscles and joints can become stiff and weak and through movement and exercise, these symptoms can be improved.

 

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Research News

A group of researchers from The University of Queensland are looking for participants for a study into Sleep and Parkinson’s. The focus of the study is the effectiveness of melatonin on improving sleep quality in the Parkinson’s population.

The trial is non-invasive as it is based on questionnaires, sleep diaries and information collected from a watch participants wear. The study runs for approximately 14 weeks. On completion the participants receive an individual report of their response to the trial, which is not usually given in other trials. This study can be conducted from the participant's home without any intrusion.

For study brochure, please click here: https://www.parkinsonswa.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/PD-sleep-trial-Trifold.pdf

For further details please visit the website:
https://clinical-research.centre.uq.edu.au/melatonin-parkinsons