Living with Parkinson’s disease is a daily battle. It can be difficult to navigate the disease on your own, but the right resources can make staying informed a little easier.
Since many Parkinson’s patients experience tremors on a regular basis, audiobooks and podcasts may be helpful in lieu of books or newspapers. Most podcasts offer quick access to relevant topics and weekly updates about current news and events occurring across the globe. The following talk about the science behind Parkinson’s, but also share personal insights.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is known for the work that it does in Parkinson’s research and awareness. This is especially evident in the foundation’s podcast, where you can find interviews with scientists and doctors. There’s also plenty of information about living with Parkinson’s. Interviewees give tips about common ailments associated with the disease and ideas about how to navigate them. One episode features listener questions for doctors. Another discusses the role of inflammation in a Parkie’s day-to-day life. Overall, this podcast is incredibly informative and provides great insight.
In “When Life Gives You Parkinson’s,” Larry Gifford shares his personal journey with the disease. He explores common questions about Parkinson’s, with recent episodes featuring ideas about finding a cure. He also interviews other people who are battling the disease, providing insight from an array of different people. This podcast offers tremendous insight and information about Parkinson’s and what it’s like to live with its challenges. The perspectives make it more personable than your standard news outlet and yet, it can be just as informative.
“Trembling EMT: My Parkinson’s Journey” discusses the early onset of Parkinson’s and what the process looked like for Eric Aquino, an emergency medical technician who was diagnosed with the disease in 2018 at age 40. The podcast takes listeners through the diagnosis process, treatment, and clinical trials. Clinicians generally don’t have Parkinson’s when they treat the disease, so they may be unable to relate to patients. Listening to a podcast like “Trembling EMT” can provide insight into the journey of another person, who is both a patient and a medical professional.
In this podcast, the Parkinson’s Foundation not only provides information about the science behind the disease, it also discusses ways to live with it in a more peaceful away. For example, episodes such as “How Mindful Techniques Impact the Nervous System” talk about the benefits of practicing mindfulness. Focusing on the present moment makes it much easier to navigate mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. This podcast also offers a handful of episodes in Spanish, information about clinical studies, and deep brain stimulation.
Whether you are someone who is navigating the depths of Parkinson’s research or you’re interested in finding personal insights about the disease, podcasts offer a terrific way to access that information. While there is science on some podcasts, others involve casual discussions about the disease. It can help to hear other people’s experiences with the disease — and you don’t have to be a medical professional to host a podcast.
Note: Parkinson’s News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The opinions expressed in this column are not those of Parkinson’s News Today or its parent company, BioNews Services, and are intended to spark discussion about issues pertaining to Parkinson’s disease.
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