April 17, 2014

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5 Tips for Interacting with Police

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Marcia Lee Aulebach-Lagomarsino with her service dog, Maggie

Have you ever been stopped by the police because of tremor or movement issues related to a movement disorder?

Marcia Lee Aulebach-Lagomarsino provides guidance based on her recent experience of getting stopped by police. Marcia raises awareness for Young Onset Parkinson’s issues through the MLee Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group.

5 Tips for Interacting with Police

  • Be prepared! Carry documentation of your diagnosis and medications.
  • Be polite with the police officer. Give the officer your medication cards, doctor’s note, and identification. Explain to the officer that you have a movement disorder and stressful situations can make your symptoms worse.
  • Do not hesitate to ask to speak with a supervisor if you are experiencing problems communicating with the officer.
  • Be proactive! Visit your local police and/or fire department. Introduce yourself and make them aware of the handicap person living in their community.  This can be helpful if they are called to your home and can help the local volunteers better understand your needs.
  • Understand your rights under the American Disability Act.
    • The American Disability Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by employers, businesses and state and local governments. Law enforcement agencies, as part of state and local government, must take steps to communicate effectively and make reasonable changes in policies, practices and procedures to provide people with disabilities the same services and protections as provided to other members of the public, within certain limitations.
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April 17, 2014

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Resource Spotlight: Parkinson’s Action Network

In this new series, resources will be spotlighted that have been found to be unique, helpful, or recommended by our followers, staff members, and/or clinicians. In spirit of Parkinson’s awareness month this April, Parkinson’s Action Network is our Resource Spotlight.  Parkinson’s Action Network, or PAN, is the unified voice for public policy issues impacting the […]

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March 23, 2014

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Beyond Tremors: Essential Tremor vs. Parkinson’s Disease

Essential tremor and Parkinson’s Disease are the two most common movement disorders, and are often misdiagnosed as the other. In celebration of Essential Tremor awareness month this March, we’ve been working to raise awareness about ET.  Our ET expert, Dr. Claudia Testa, explains the differences and similarities between Essential Tremor and Parkinson’s Disease. Subscribe to […]

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March 13, 2014

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Yoga for movement disorders

Project Yoga Richmond is offering a 4 week gentle yoga class for individuals with movement disorders. The class will be tailored to the group so the postures will be gentle and comfortable, focusing on total body stretching, strengthening, balance, meditation and intentional breathing.  The class will take place in chairs, with some standing or lying […]

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February 26, 2014

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Top 10 tips for dental hygiene

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A follower recently asked us to address dental care for patients with a movement disorder. We did some research and consulted with Fred Woodlief, DDS, a retired dentist and person with Parkinson’s. Some medications used to treat movement disorders can cause dry mouth as a side effect. This can also be caused by the disorder […]

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February 21, 2014

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Diet Tips

In this edition of the Bennett Minutes video series, Dr. Bennett shares tips for diet and nutrition.

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February 18, 2014

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No two journeys are the same

At the VCU PMDC you can access a variety of paths to meet your unique needs. Don’t worry. We’ll be with you every step of the way. The infographic above visually describes the various aspects of the VCU PMDC.  We’re a hybrid organization with several programs that can be complicated to describe and understand. We […]

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February 12, 2014

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Building a translational pipeline – PD2014

This is a review of the Translational Research Recommendations presented at the  “Parkinson’s Disease 2014: Advancing Research, Improving Lives” conference at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in early January.  Vicki Humphreys, PMDC Administrator shares with you what we’re learning about the national direction of Parkinson’s research in the United States. The […]

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January 29, 2014

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White Paper: What is translational research and why do we need it?

What is Translational Research & Why Do We Need It? by: James P. Bennett, Jr. M.D., Ph.D. Bemiss Professor Director, VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center Translational research is something most of us agree we need more of, but many have trouble defining. To help you grasp what translational research is, it is necessary to […]

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January 29, 2014

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Top 5 reasons to sign up for the 5K

Saturday, May 3, 2014 Top 5 Reasons to Register Here are 5 great reasons to join us – either in person or in spirit as a virtual Mover & Shaker! 5. Win fabulous prizes! Of course, everyone’s a winner with our stylish commemorative race t-shirt, but we also have amazing prizes for two teams that […]

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