About the Center

The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center has an international reputation for its excellence as a clinical and research facility and the UCSF Department of Neurology is widely recognized as one of the leading neuroscience centers in the United States.

The Parkinson's Disease Clinic and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco Department of Neurology has been a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence since 1992.

Mission Statement:

  • To provide comprehensive and compassionate care for patients and families affected by Parkinson's disease
  • To discover causes and effective treatments of Parkinson's disease
  • To educate general medical practitioners, patients, caregivers and the general public 

Events/In the News:

June 5, 2020; 1:00pm PDT - Wellness and Remote Care for People with Parkinson's During the Coronavirus Pandemic Talk

                     

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Join the UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center, in partnership with the Parkinson's Foundation, for a discussion about maintaining physical and emotional wellness with PD during the pandemic.

Register here: www.parkinson.org/UCSF 

Article: ‘Undruggable’ Parkinson’s Molecule Spills Its Secrets

PD Health @Home

The Parkinson’s Foundation is launching PD Health @Home, a series of virtual community engagement events beginning Monday, April 6th. Visit Parkinson.org/PDHealth for a full list of events. You can register for events of interest and put them on your calendar. Please join us for the following:

Mindfulness Mondays

  • Start your week with calmness, as you take part in guided relaxation techniques to help boost brain power and reduce stress. Sign up now.

Expert Briefings Tuesdays

  • Taking place in home offices across the nation, we will host webinars about the PD topics that matter most to you.  Sign up now.

Wellness Wednesdays

Take Time Thursdays

  • Choose from several virtual events taking place across local chapters. Engage with a PD expert on the topics that matter most to you ― from exercise, nutrition, stress management and more.  Sign up now!

Fitness Fridays

  • A free, PD-tailored 10-part fitness series with instructor Joellyn Fox, DPT, from the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehab Center, Penn Therapy & Fitness at Pennsylvania Hospital will feature a new focus every week, from balance to coordination, posture and more. Videos will be released weekly, beginning Friday, April 10th through June 12th.  Watch now!

Moving Day

All spring Moving Day walks are going virtual on May 9th. For more information or to join us, please visit www.movingdaywalk.org.

COVID-19 Patient Information and Recommendation:  

General information and precautions related to COVID-19 can be found on the Foundation website here. 

Hospitalization Resources:

  • The PF offers Aware in Care kits for PD patients who find themselves in the hospital.  If you don’t have an Aware in Care kit, you can order one here: http://www.parkinson.org/Store.
  • Infections can have an effect on Parkinson’s symptoms and especially in hospital settings, adherence to your Parkinson’s medication schedule is important. 
  • Patients are encouraged to update their Medication Form and place the form and several days of their current medications (in the original bottle) inside of their Aware in Care kit bag. 

New Spanish Materials!

The Foundation has translated a few of their newly diagnosed resources in to Spanish to better reach people earlier with support and steps to take after a diagnosis (see below). Since many of the events scheduled for the spring are postponed, we wanted to let you know they have been now live online: https://www.parkinson.org/espanol/recursos-en-espanol.

La Fundación ha traducido algunos de nuestros recursos para recién diagnosticados con la enfermedad de Parkinson en español, para llegar a las personas de manera temprana con materiales de apoyo y pasos a seguir después de su diagnóstico (ver recursos abajo). Dado que muchos de los eventos programados para la primavera serán reprogramados, queríamos hacerle saber que han sido compartidos en línea y en vivo: https://www.parkinson.org/espanol/recursos-en-espanol. En nombre de la comunidad de Parkinson, gracias por su dedicación y trabajo!

Recién Diagnosticados:

·         Acerca de la enfermedad de Parkinson

·         5 pasos para vivir mejor con Parkinson a partir de hoy

·         Preguntos clave para su consulta médica

Available Resources:  As a reminder, the Foundation has a variety of resources available to support the PD community, including:

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May 16, 2020 - Care Partner Summit | Cumbre Para Cuidadores

                     

                          

The 2020 Care Partner Summit | Cumbre Para Cuidadores is taking place this Saturday! 

The summit will take place virtually on Saturday, May 16th from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET. This year’s Summit will focus on the unique journey of a care partner, with our theme: Planning for the Unpredictable Path of Parkinson’s Caregiving.

A timely topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, our speakers and care partners are ready to share their insight and encouragement to those caring for someone living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). We recognize the hard work that goes into caregiving and we want to create this space for them to share their life lessons, learn from each other and grow in their self-care skills.  

The summit will be online only, and individuals may register for English or Spanish https://www.cvent.com/d/7yqm3q. The Care Partner Summit will be focused on the following topics:

  • Cognitive Changes
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Practical Planning

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May 9, 2020- Moving Day® Virtual Walk

                     

                            

Last Saturday, the first-ever Moving Day - Virtual Walk took place as participants from around the world joined together to engage in virtual exercise sessions and hear emotional and inspiring stories from others in the PD community. The event streamed online on Facebook, YouTube and MovingDayWalk.org with just under 9,000 total views! You can watch the full event recording here and share with your networks. For more information, please visit www.movingdaywalk.org.  

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April 30, 2020 - Joint AARP- Parkinson's Foundation Webinar

This is an exciting partnership that will enable both AARP and the Parkinson’s Foundation to share resources that are so important for our communities. 

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April 14, 2020- Online: PD and Medication: What's New?

                     

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The lecture will review advances in Parkinson's disease treatments. In addition, the lecturer will go over the pathology behind Parkinson's, describe Parkinson's as a motor and non-motor disease, review classes of medical and surgical treatments, and overview how research is trying to tartget the underlying pathology. 

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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March 28, 2020- Let's Talk About It: Symptoms Beneath the Surface

                     

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There are many non-motor challenges associated with Parkinson’s disease that can affect not only the person with Parkinson’s, but also their care partners, families and friends. This program will provide participants with information on topics that are not always easy to discuss. From intimacy to impulse control disorders and constipation, this program will address the realities of these difficult topics and provide strategies and tools for coping as well as talking about them with healthcare providers and loved ones. 

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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March 17, 2020- Online: Food, Water, and Supplements: Does Nutrition Play a Role in PD Symptoms or Progression?

                     

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This talk will describe the diets that are associated with increased/ decreased risk of developing PD and emerging evidence that nutrition plays a role after diagnosis. The potential risks/ benefits of popular diets (ketogenic, low-carb, Mediterranean, Wahl’s, etc.) will be reviewed and obstacles to eating (loss of smell, lack of appetite, constipation, etc.) will addressed and convenient, cost-effective, healthy dietary suggestions will be provided. Calorie restriction, intermittent fasting, and the role of dietary supplements will be discussed. 

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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February 22, 2020- Better Lives, Together: Fresno Parkinson's Summit

                     

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Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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January 21, 2020- Online: Optimal Exercise Strategies for Stability, Stamina, and Strength

                     

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This briefing has been created to provide education on the impact of Parkinson’s disease on stamina, stability and strength  in order to motivate individuals to exercise. There will be discussion on the impact which Parkinson’s disease has on strength , endurance and balance as well as the evidence which supports specific exercise to improve each domain.   This knowledge then needs to be put in action. We will discuss motivators to exercise and how to get started and stay in the fight against Parkinson’s disease through activity and exercise.

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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December 7, 2019- The Care Partners Toolbox: Resources for Now and the Future

                     

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This program is designed with care partners in mind, and is recommended for anyone caring for someone living with PD, including family members and care professionals. Respite care for people with Parkinson’s is available onsite at no cost. 

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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November 23, 2019- Mind, Mood, and Motion

                     

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Join us for the "Mind, Mood, and Motion" program to learn more about possible changes in cognition and memory associated with PD. This program teaches attendees what can be done to alleviate some of the effects of these symptoms. 

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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October 19, 2019- Women and Parkinson's disease 

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Women with Parkinson's and their caregivers are welcome to attend this day of education and support. Women experience PD differently than men. Join us to learn more!

Details and registration can be found here: Parkinson's Foundation

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June 1, 2019- Moving Day® San Jose