Parkinson's & Movement Disorders

Updated:   10/2/2014
Contains:  164 items
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Playing Against Type: As a black woman with young-onset Parkinson's disease, actress Victoria Dillard felt invisible. Thanks to her creative powers, she's being seen and heard more often.

King, Andrea

Neurology Now. 13(6):34-37, December/January 2017.

As a black woman with young-onset Parkinson's disease, actress Victoria Dillard often felt invisible. Thanks to her creative powers, she's being seen and heard more often.

Keeping His Cool: Drew Bourrut, 72, takes care of his wife, Nora, who has Parkinson's disease–related dementia. It can be demanding, but Drew says he's up to the task.

Bolster, Mary

Neurology Now. 13(4):36, August/September 2017.

Drew Bourrut shares how he copes with caring for his wife who has Parkinson's disease–related psychosis and dementia.

Racing Against Parkinson's: After deep brain stimulation surgery, Ted Chris Horn, 60, is doing things he never thought he would do again—like motorcycling.

Wynn, Paul

Neurology Now. 13(3):14, June/July 2017.

Readers Like Me: After deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease, Ted Chris Horn, 60, is back on his motorcycle.

Exercise Is King: A former skier, golfer, and tennis player, 83-year-old Henry King remains active in different ways after a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Bolster, Mary

Neurology Now. 13(1):54, February/March 2017.

An avid athlete, Henry King remains active in different ways after a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Essential Networking: Mary Bartron, 64, says living with essential tremor is isolating. She hopes to find support from other people living with this condition.

Neurology Now. 12(4):9, August/September 2016.

Readers Like Me: Mary Bartron hopes to find support from others living with essential tremor.

Healing Tails: Service and therapy dogs can transform the lives of people with neurologic conditions such as epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Dog owners and other experts explain how.

Pompilio, Natalie

Neurology Now. 12(1):46-55, February/March 2016.

Service dogs can transform lives for people with epilepsy, autism, and multiple sclerosis. Learn more about their potential benefits.

Powering Forward: After a 12-year career with the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Today, he's a leading proponent of exercise for people with his condition.

Laliberte, Richard

Neurology Now. 12(1):28-35, February/March 2016.

After a 12-year career with the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Today, he's a leading proponent of exercise for people with his condition.

You Ask. We Answer: I've delayed taking levodopa for my Parkinson's disease because I'm concerned about “off” times, periods when the drug doesn't work. Can you explain off times?

Grill, Stephen E.

Neurology Now. 12(1):27, February/March 2016.

Our expert explains “on” and “off” times of levodopa for Parkinson's.

Drink to your Health: A daily glass of wine or bottle of beer may protect against stroke, Parkinson's disease, and cognitive decline, research suggests.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 12(1):19, February/March 2016.

Neurology News: A daily glass of red wine may promote brain health.

Holiday Gifts: Grief and loss may dampen celebrations after a neurologic diagnosis, but people who've been there say they experience joy and humor, too. Here's how to remain open to all of it.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 11(6):38-42, December/January 2015.

Grief and loss may dampen celebrations after a neurologic diagnosis, but there can still be joy and humor. Learn how to remain open to all of it.

Help for the Caring: Not all caregivers want an extra hand, even when they really need it. Here's how to accept assistance—and handle the ambivalent emotions that may arise.

Richmond, Christine

Neurology Now. 11(5):54-57, October/November 2015.

Learn how to ask for help and handle any conflicting emotions that arise.

Advocacy: Live Your Best LifeFinding cures for chronic neurologic diseases is a top priority, but patients and advocates say research on living well with these conditions is just as important.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 11(2):13, April/May 2015.

Advocacy Patients and advocates say research on how to improve their day-to-day lives is essential.

Turn Staring Into Caring: The stigma of a neurologic disorder can be stressful—and can make symptoms worse. Patients and doctors teach us how to turn negative reactions into positive encounters.

Stephens, Stephanie

Neurology Now. 11(1):34-38, February/March 2015.

Patients share their strategies for overcoming the stigma associated with a neurologic disorder.

This Way In: Caucusing for CuresA legislator's personal history fuels his commitment to raising funds for medical innovation.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 11(1):12-13, February/March 2015.

This Way In: Why one legislator is on a mission to raise funds for medical innovation.

Neurology Then and Now: How our understanding of five common neurologic conditions has changed in 30 years.

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 10(6):32-35, December/January 2014.

How our understanding of five common neurologic conditions—Alzheimer's disease, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease—has changed over the last 30 years.

The Keys to Safety: How neurologic conditions affect driving.

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 10(5):14-16, October/November 2014.

Having a neurologic disorder doesn't necessarily mean giving up the car keys. We speak to experts about how common neurologic conditions impact driving, and what you can do to stay safe.

What are the current treatments for tardive dyskinesia caused by long-term use of medications?

Zesiewicz, Theresa

Neurology Now. 10(2):35, April/May 2014.

Answers to reader questions about advances in treatment for peripheral neuropathy and tardive dyskinesia.

Exercise for Everyone

Avitzur, Orly

Neurology Now. 10(1):24-27, February/March 2014.

From competitive sports to gentle exercises, people with neurologic conditions are finding creative ways to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors. Here, Neurology Now profiles the many ways—swimming, biking, dance, wheelchair rugby—to keep your mind and body healthy after a neurologic diagnosis.

Showing Up as Michael J. Fox

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now. 9(6):24-26, December/January 2013.

By returning to the small screen, actor Michael J. Fox tells Neurology Now that he wants to “put out a message of reach for your goals and don't be intimidated by your diagnosis… I said I can still do this.” Here, Fox discusses another new role: host of the AAN Patient Video: Parkinson's Disease: A Guide for Patients and Families.

Picture the Brain: New brain-imaging techniques provide better ways to diagnose and treat neurologic conditions.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 9(5):28-30, October/November 2013.

Until the last couple of decades, neurologists could only observe the consequences of Alzheimer's disease (AD)—and then examine the brain at autopsy. Today, a variety of brain-imaging techniques are providing neurologists with vivid pictures of the brain at work. In turn, these images are opening up new ways to diagnose and treat AD and many other neurologic conditions.

Five Questions to Ask Your Neurologist

Avitzur, Orly

Neurology Now. 9(3):20-26, June-July 2013.

What does my diagnosis mean over the long term? Should I get a second opinion? Orly Avitzur, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, explains these and other important questions.

Not Just Tremor: Recognizing depression and other non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 8(6):22-27, December-january 2012.

Parkinson's disease (PD) is commonly associated with visible motor symptoms—tremor, slow movement, and rigidity. But its many non-motor symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, may be harder to detect. “Patients and caregivers feel the burden of these non-motor symptoms,” says Dr. Christopher G. Goetz. Read on for more information about the non-motor symptoms of PD, treatment options, and emerging research.

This Way In: Navigating Life With Parkinson Disease

Valeo, Tom

Neurology Now. 8(6):13, December-january 2012.

This Way In: A sneak peek at Navigating Life With Parkinson Disease, new from the American Academy of Neurology's Neurology Now™ Books for patients and caregivers.

Is Silence Really Golden?: Confronting the unspoken truth of my father's Parkinson's disease.

Valles, Jennie

Neurology Now. 8(5):40, October-november 2012.

Neurologist Jennie Valles learned an important lesson from her father's silence about his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Rocket Man: Astronaut Rich Clifford's journey with Parkinson's disease.

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now. 8(2):18-24, April-May 2012.

Former astronaut Michael “Rich” Clifford was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 1994 during the early stages of the disease, but it didn't prevent him from climbing aboard the shuttle Atlantis and rocketing off into space for the third time. “Don't let PD drive what you want to do,” Clifford says. “Remember that you're in charge of your future.”

There's a Dog for That: Oliver makes living with Parkinson's much easier.

Crosby, Kathryn

Neurology Now. 7(6):40, December-January 2011.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Kathryn Crosby found and adopted a stray dog named Oliver—and rediscovered the joy of movement.

Outfoxing Parkinson's: Michael J. Fox's personal, heroic quest.

Gora, Susannah

Neurology Now. 7(6):14-19, December-January 2011.

In the 1980s, his name was synonymous with teenage heartthrob. Now, Michael J. Fox is channeling his fame—and unrelenting charm—into activism. Soon after being diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's disease, at age 30, he started The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Join the Cause: How to become an advocate for yourself and others.

Wolf, Catherine G.

Neurology Now. 7(5):32-36, October-November 2011.

Being diagnosed with a neurologic disorder sometimes causes people to withdraw from the world, but the men and women we profile here have learned to use their illness as a call to action. How? By becoming patient- and caregiver-advocates. Cathy Wolf speaks from personal experience about how and why she took the big step—from ALS patient to advocate—and offers advice for advocates-in-training.

An Ounce of Early Intervention: Can early treatment of neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease slow disease progression?

Gordon, Debra

Neurology Now. 7(2):27-30, April-May 2011.

When it comes to neurologic disorders like multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's disease, early intervention can make a big difference. In the case of MS, early treatment may even alter the course of the disease, in addition to alleviating symptoms.

Essential Facts about Essential Tremor: This “quiet” disease, which affects 10 million Americans, is anything but benign.


Neurology Now. 7(1):21-23,27, February-March 2011.

Stephen remillard is one of 10 million Americans with essential tremor. “unless people are diagnosed we can't help them,” says Catherine rice of the International essential Tremor foundation. “You may lull yourself into thinking, ‘It isn't life-threatening,’ but I know 10 more people who can't write, feed, bathe, or dress themselves.”

Walk This Way


Neurology Now. 6(3):23-27, May-June 2010.

Problems with gait (how a person walks) are pervasive across neurologic disease. While the area of the brain that's affected may differ depending on whether a person has Parkinson's disease, stroke, or multiple sclerosis, the end result is the same: a loss of mobility and independence. But treadmill training can get you moving again.

Depression and Resilience


Neurology Now. 6(2):18-25, March-April 2010.

Depression is a frequent companion of both neurological disease and caregiving, but there are effective ways to treat this common condition. “Treated vigorously enough, the vast majority of people will get better,” says Peter Kramer, M.D. Read on for the lowdown on feeling low—and information on how to boost your resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Of Mice and Humans

Shaw, Gina

Neurology Now. 6(1):23-25, January-February 2010.

Animal research has been instrumental in developing treatments for multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, stroke, and other neurological disorders. But some animal rights organizations are pushing to have animals given the same legal standing as humans, which would effectively ban all animal research since animals cannot give “informed consent.”

In the Family

Farley, Todd

Neurology Now. 6(1):16-19, January-February 2010.

Over the last 30 years, David Iverson has written and supervised production of more than 25 documentaries airing on PBS. His 2009 Frontline film, My Father, My Brother, and Me, chronicles his family's experience with Parkinson's disease and looks at some of the promising directions in research.

Parkinson's Disease Video with Holly Robinson Peete!

Neurology Now. 5(3):36-38, May-June 2009.

Where to go for more information on the topics discussed in this issue of Neurology Now and for a directory of patient advocacy organizations.

Good Golly, Miss Holly!


Neurology Now. 5(1):12-16, January-February 2009.

Here's a lesser-known credit on TV actress Holly Robinson Peete's resume: Parkinson's disease advocate. Holly and her husband, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, founded Hollyrod to financially and medically support people with Parkinson's.

Hidden Pressure

Smolinsky, Michael

Neurology Now. 4(5):23-26, September-October 2008.

Adult normal pressure hydrocephalus is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease—or simply chalked up to aging. But it is a reversible condition, and thanks to advances in shunt technology, the treatments are safer than ever before.

Driving advice for people with epilepsy, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's, and their families.

Wilner, Andrew

Neurology Now. 4(4):17,18,23, July-August 2008.

Many people with neurological conditions—such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease face driving challenges. However, regular driving assessments, treatment of those conditions, and access to alternative modes of transportation can help ensure that people retain their independence without endangering themselves or others.

Healing Touch


Neurology Now. 4(3):26-28,30, May-June 2008.

Research shows that people who suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS)—as well as migraine headaches, Parkinson's disease, and HIV-related neuropathy—may experience benefits from massage therapy. “Healing Touch” discusses how massage can help people with neurological conditions, when massage should not be used, and how to find a good massage therapist.