Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Improving Sleep with Parkinson’s – WPP Theme for March

Improving Your Sleep with Parkinson’s – Our Theme for March
Common sleep problems seen in Parkinson’s disease include multiple awakenings in early morning with difficulty falling asleep again (sleep fragmentation or terminal insomnia), difficulty falling sleep at bed time, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), and RBD (REM behavioral disorders). These problems may become more prominent as the disease progresses.
Factors contributing to sleep problems in Parkinson’s include difficulty turning in bed, motor restlessness, nocturnal cramping, Restless Legs Syndrome, need of frequent urination at night, visual hallucinations, confusion, depression, anxiety, pain and early morning foot cramping.
Insomnia and sleep fragmentation may disrupt the patient’s sleep-wake cycle and lead to poor quantity and quality of sleep, which can in turn cause excessive daytime sleepiness. Other problems such as vivid dreams, nightmares, sleep talking, and sleep walking may also interrupt sleep. Causes such as depression and anxiety may cause trouble falling sleep as well. Suggestions to overcome insomnia include:

1.    Regulate sleep-wake cycle
2.    Regulate the amount of sleep obtained each night
3.      Exercise daily and regularly except late in the evening.
4.      Do something relaxing before the bedtime
5.      Keep a fixed bedtime and wake time even on weekends.
6.      Increase daytime physical activity.
7.      Limit your daytime nap to less than one hour.
8.      Avoid caffeine, caffeinated beverages, and nicotine in the evening.
9.      Don’t sleep hungry or with a full stomach.
10.  You may take a light snack.
11.  Avoid fluids after 7:00 PM.
12.  Use soft pillow and a firm mattress.
13.  Avoid hot shower in the evening, but you can take a lukewarm bath.
14.  Make sure your bedroom is quiet with comfortable temperature and ventilation.
15.  Do not watch TV in the bedroom.
16.  If cannot fall sleep, get out of bed and read for 15-20 minutes, then try to sleep. Repeat this cycle until you fall sleep.
17.  Keep the sleep area dark. If light bothers your sleep, use heavy curtains on the windows, or even an eye mask. 
Provided by: Z. Sarfraz MB (Can.) and R.K. Rana (IFS) Toronto,  Canada
Provided by: Z. Sarfraz MB (Can.) and R.K. Rana (IFS) Toronto,  Canada

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Parkinson's FACEBOOK Live Sessions - Sunday 11 AM EST

World Parkinson's Program invites you to join:
FACEBOOK LIVE Q & A Session with Parkinson's Experts

Join us Every Sunday 11:00 AM EST
(Toronto, Canada Time)
Click below to join live program:

    (Feel free to ask all your Parkinson's related Questions!)          
"Those who fight Parkinson's with knowledge always find solutions"

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Invites you to attend

Parkinson’s Disease Seminar

Saturday, February 25, 1:00 PM -3:00 PM

Chris Gibson community centre

125 McLaughlin Rd N, Brampton

For Details, Armand Gilks: 416- 561- 2710 or Email: info@pdprogram.org

Admission Fee $10, and get a gift of free WPP T-Shirt

All proceeds go towards providing medications and walking aids to Parkinson’s patients

“Those who fight Parkinson’s with knowledge always find a solution”-Dr.Rana

Gwyn M. Vernon recipient of Dr.Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award 2015

 Gwyn M. Vernon, recipient of Dr. Rana International  Parkinson's Community Service Award 2015

Gwyn M. Vernon, Nurse Practitioner, Pennsylvania, USA.  

Lizzy Graham - Dr.Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award

Lizzie Graham recipient of Dr. Rana International Parkinson's Community Service Award 2013


                                               Lizzie Graham 
  • Director of fundraising and global communication, European Parkinson disease Association, London, UK

Nitish Sharma Joins World Parkinson's Program

Nitish Sharma will be  leading International Affairs Committee of the World Parkinson's Program

Nitish Sharma is a senior consultant at Oliver Wyman in Toronto. He is a graduate of the School of Accounting and Finance University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Nitish Sharma will be leading the International Affairs Committee of the World Parkinson's Program.  Nitish is very passionate about Parkinson's disease and this role at the World Parkinson's Program will help him to provide the educational resources to those affected with Parkinson's disease around the world.

Nominate a Colleague for Parkinson’s Award Before March 1, 2017

Nominate a Colleague for Parkinson’s Award Before March 1, 2017

Every year the World Parkinson's Program honours up to three individuals from all around the world with our most prestigious Parkinson’s Award. This year we are also inviting nominations for those committed to improving the lives of those affected with Parkinson’s disease for the Dr. Rana International Parkinson’s Community Service Award. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2017. Local healthcare and Parkinson’s organizations or any person of age 18 years or above may nominate an individual who has been role model in Parkinson’s community.

Nomination Recommendations

Parkinson’s community members who may be caregivers, patients, workers, volunteers, bloggers, media professionals, donors and philanthropists or individuals with passion for Parkinson's disease who strengthen the voice of Parkinson's community.

Allied healthcare workers providing care to Parkinson’s patients, nurses, clinical research coordinators, innovators, and educators of Parkinson's disease.

Physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiotherapists, speech and swallowing, occupational and exercise therapists, chiropractitioners, dentists,researchers, neuroscientists with Parkinson's research, and other healthcare practitioners working in the fields related to Parkinson's disease. Organizers, committee and board members of Parkinson's Associations, support groups, and Parkinson's Education Clubs, who play a pivotal role in this cause going above and beyond the call of duty.

No individuals can nominate themselves. Previous award recipients are not eligible. The list may be found on our website www.pdprogram.org

Those Individuals who were nominated previously but could not win the award previously can be nominated again.

The Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by email at info@pdprogram.org  and should be received no later than March 1, 2017. Nomination Forms are available for download by clicking this link  http://www.pdprogram.org/services-awards/  or visiting our website www.pdprogram.org. Incomplete forms will not be considered. Any nomination materials submitted will become the property of World Parkinson’s Program and not be returned.

Announcement of the Award Recipients:

Nominations will be reviewed by an Award Selection Committee, and results will be 
announced on April 11, 2017, The World Parkinson’s Day.