Laser Shoes, Magic Carpets, & More: Technology to Combat Falls

Q. My parents are snowbirds. Every spring, I pick them up at the Lorton Auto Train and drop them off at their home, and in November, they go back to Florida for the winter. My father has had Parkinson’s for almost 20 years now, … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Home Modifications for Fall Prevention

Dear Angel, We just found out that my father will be moving in with us. He is in his 70’s, has Parkinson’s, arthritis, and is in a wheelchair a lot of the time. We don’t have much money to renovate, but we want to make sure … [Read more...]

Military Caregivers: Challenges and Strategies

Q.  My father, Steve, is a retired Marine who is recently widowed. My mother used to provide care for him full-time until she passed away suddenly. My brothers and sister live far away, and my father needs assistance now. He has … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Local High School Student Invents App to Identify Signs of Parkinson’s

Dear Baxter, My mother was taking pictures at my daughter's birthday party, and felt shaky holding the camera. This has happened in other instances, also. Recently, she's complained that her muscles are stiff, and her balance … [Read more...]

Alternative Ways to Stave Off Parkinson’s

Fred Ransdell, who has had Parkinson's since 1996, is an avid runner. (Source: The Dallas Morning News) Parkinson's disease, a degenerative movement disorder of the central nervous system, was discovered nearly 200 years ago. … [Read more...]

Embracing Green Living as we Age

Q. My mother, Phyllis, is very environmentally conscious. She recycles and finds a creative use for nearly everything. Green living is among her top priorities. Ever since my father died, my mother has had a hard time living … [Read more...]

Overcoming Loneliness and Depression

Rest in Peace Robin Williams Q. I was absolutely devastated to hear about Comedian Robin Williams' suicide. My family is still in shock.  I have an uncle who has suffered bouts of depression over the years, and I worry about … [Read more...]