Nominate Now for Georgia Caregiver of the Year

Nominations are due by June 30 for the 2015 Georgia Caregiver of the Year. Awards are given in three categories and may be focused on caring for the handicapped, elderly, or in a dire family situation:

  • Family Caregiver: any family member providing assistance to relative with a disability or chronic illness
  • Para-Professional Caregiver, e.g.: LPN, therapy aide, CNA, Home Health Aide, or Patient Care Tech
  • Volunteer Caregiver: one that has worked with an organization or family on a regular basis or event that’s made a difference in the life of a care receiver.

The Awards are given by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, a Georgia organization unique in the country that recognizes the dedication of caregivers in a variety of circumstances. Nominees and the winners will be recognized at the annual caregiver’s luncheon in November.

Download and print the nomination form here:
Care_Net_2015_Nomination_and_Criteria_Form_for_Caregiver_of_the_Year

COENZYME Q10 HAS NO EFFECT IN PD

Coenzyme Q10 was not only not beneficial it appeared, if anything, to be detrimental.

People with Parkinson’s Disease were given either a placebo, 1200mg of CoQ10 per day, or 2400mg of CoQ10 per day. All of them were also given 1200 IU per day of vitamin E. Participants were observed for 16 months or until a disability requiring dopaminergic treatment. The treatments were well tolerated with no safety concerns. However, the worsening of Parkinson’s Disease was actually related to the higher Coenzyme Q10 dose. Those taking no Coenzyme Q10 worsened by 6.9 points on the UPDRS. Those taking 1200mg worsened by 7.5 points. Those taking 2400mg worsened by 8.0 points.

Read more …

Exploring the Brain for Keys to Solving PD

In a brain that functions normally, the billions of electrical impulses that neurons generate each second are generally independent of one another. But in Parkinson’s, for unknown reasons, many of the impulses occur simultaneously, synchronize with one another and then bounce back and forth in unison between brain structures called the subthalamus and the globus pallidus, and elsewhere, generating their own form of pathological feedback.

Read more …

Osteoporosis, Fracture Risk in PD

PD patients were at higher risk of osteoporosis, with female PD patients at a higher risk compared to males. BMD levels in PD patients were lower for hip, lumbar spine, and the femoral neck. All PD patients had an increased risk of fractures compared to healthy controls with hip fractures accounting for 50% of fractures in PD patients. Vertebral fractures were most common in healthy controls.

Read more …