Education

Diet and Nutrition

A good and well balanced diet is essential to maintaining good health for anyone living with Parkinson’s disease. Though there is no specific diet that should be followed by a person living with Parkinson’s, a well balanced meal consisting of all the food classes should be eaten at all times. The main food classes include proteins, carbohydrates, fats and vitamins. Proteins are essential for building muscle mass needed for energy, stamina, strength,

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Different Forms of Parkinsonism

Parkinsonism is any condition that causes a combination of the movement abnormalities seen in Parkinson's disease — such as tremor, slow movement, impaired speech or muscle stiffness — especially resulting from the loss of dopamine–containing nerve cells (neurons). Most people with a form of Parkinsonism have idiopathic Parkinson’s disease, also known as Parkinson’s. Idiopathic means that the cause is unknown. Not everyone who has Parkinsonism

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World Parkinsons Day – April 11th 2016

This year's World Parkinsons Day we are featured by one of Kenya's local newspaper - People's Daily newspaper, where our founder Hellen Mwithiga shares her story and inspiration behind starting this great organization (Africa Parkinsons Disease Foundation) that seeks to create awareness on Parkinsons Disease and lobby for better health care in Kenya and Africa. We are marking this day by carrying out a community outreach program in 10 locations in

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A MESSAGE OF HOPE AND REALITY

HARILAL RAISHI RUPSHI SHAH( 14th April 1943 - 11th June 2014) Harilal Raishi Rupshi Shah was an iconic Kenya cricketer of 1960’s to 1980’s( Photo shows Harilal R Shah , extreme left wearing a blazer, with Her Excellency Queen Elizabeth II on the extreme right. Others next to the Queen are her husband Prince Philip, and her eldest son Prince Charles). Born in Thika, brought up in Nairobi and educated in the UK, he was a good sportsman – tall,

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PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY

A few points are shared about a neurological condition which is somewhat similar but not always quite similar to Parkinson’s. Generally when we talk about Parkinson’s disease, we understand it as the typical affliction with signs which can be attributed to Parkinson’s. However, there are a few slight variations to Parkinson’s disease – sometimes they are classified atypical Parkinson’s. One such atypical Parkinson’s condition is called

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FAMOUS FACES OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Parkinson’s is a disease that affects thousands of people around the world. The cause of the disease remains unknown . Some of the well known figures in the world with the disease include:- Muhammad Ali – The former boxing champion was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the year 1984 at the age of 42. In 1997, Muhammad Ali, philanthropist Jimmy Walker, and Abraham Lieberman, MD, established the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Movement Disorders

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Depression and Parkinson’s Disease

Mental health is often ignored or forgotten in the care of patients of Parkinson’s disease. Many patients with Parkinson’s disease have been found to also suffer from depression. For people with depression and Parkinson's disease, each illness can make symptoms of the other worse. Parkinson’s affects many parts of the brain that are important in controlling mood. One of these is the area that produces serotonin, a brain chemical implicated

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Demystifying Parkinson’s Disease in Africa

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most uncommon neurological diseases affecting many people all over the world. In Africa there is lack of awareness on the disease, this has led to a lot of myths coming up about patients and the disease itself. We seek to demystify some of the common myths:- 1. Myth: Parkinson’s disease is as a result of witch craft and  is infectious Fact: There is no known cause of Parkinson’s disease. The disease is not

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How we marked World Parkinsons Day in Kenya

Not wanting to be left behind, Kenya joined the world, in marking the World P.D Day on 11th April 2015, for the first time ever.  The event was organized by the Africa Parkinson's Disease Foundation and was held at the Aboretum Garden in Nairobi. The main activity was a 2hr fitness challenge and chair yoga for the P.D Patients. Here are some of the photos! [gallery link="file" columns="4" ids="356,357,358,359"]

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World Parkinson’s Day – April 11, 2015. Save The Date!

This World Parkinson's Day 2015 in Kenya and East Africa is supported by Africa Parkinson's Disease Foundation (APDF). The aim of this day is to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease, promoting a greater understanding of this condition and how it can affect a person. Get your ticket(s) here>> https://www.ticketsasa.com/events/eventdetail/view/1306/world_parkinsons_day Parkinson's is a disease in which nerve cells that deliver the neurotransmitter

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