Prescott Parkinson Support Group Newsletter Available
15 January 2012
Last Updated on 08 March 2012
Prescott Parkinson Support Group Newsletter is now available.
Prescott Parkinson Support Group
In support of People with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers
Meetings are held year-round on the third Thursday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am.
at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 231 W. Smoketree Lane, Prescott, AZ 86301.
Contacts: Kay Bolander Tel: 928 778 2242 Email email@example.com
Alan Richardson Tel: 928 442 1380 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday March 15, 2012 Newsletter Issue Number 1063
Electrolytes are essential additive to drinking water
By Alan Richardson
This is the first edition of the Newsletter released in year 2012. We apologize for disappointing our readers, but your reporter’s health has diverted his attention elsewhere.
We cannot stress enough how proper attention to the needs of your digestive system helps keep control of your PD. In previous articles, we have gone to great pains to warn readers about constipation, a condition described as not having a stool movement in three days. To prevent things grinding-to-a-halt, drink up to six 8 oz. glasses of water and eat 6 prunes daily for their fiber content. Prunes sold as dried plums may be found in the dried fruit section of super markets.
We want to emphasize another matter people with PD need to manage, because failure to do so may cause the kind of collapse your reporter experienced.
Do you recall what you were doing on 5th
February? No! Well here’s a clue! It was a Sunday. Now, you get it! It was “Super Bowl Sunday”. If you are like most people on that day you were probably watching TV at home, at a friend’s home or in a sports bar. How quickly we forget a spectacular game that consumed the better part of a whole day. PD is like the Game. We forget easily what we are told.
My wife and I were guests at a neighbor’s home. We arrived a little early, so Mary could help in food preparation and so I could lay-claim to the seat the host had selected for me to watch the Game. It was about mid-second quarter and the girls could be heard talking in the kitchen over the sound of the game on TV in the sitting room with all the guys. I had consumed a coke and a beer along with some hors d’oeuvres.
I had been seated for an hour, or so, then, while holding a plastic cup half filled with red wine, I rose from my chair and in so doing began feeling dizzy, so I promptly sat down again. Mary noticing how pale my face was suggested I lie on a bed but I asked to go home so Mary took me home. Once settled she saw that I was Okay. Mary was keen to return to the Game as she was in a position to win the second quarter pool, if there was no further change in the score. Meanwhile, I was feeling much better after being in a supine position, so I got up in search of the family blood pressure gauge. My BP was 71/49 pulse rate 55 so I called Mary and she consulted with two retired RNS at the party and within minutes my bedroom was filled with three firefighters two paramedics, 2 RNS and a wife. The paramedics were keen to transport me to the ER, so I agreed.
The YRMC ER Doctor Suter diagnosed me as being dehydrated, in need of fluids containing electrolytes. I was told to drink Gatorade or other energy drink containing electrolytes.
The next day I thought about the performance of the anti-Parkinson’s and BP control medication that I was recently prescribed. Each group had the effect of lowering my BP so perhaps this is where the problem was. I was taking lisinopril ½ tab 10mg in the early morning with my L-dopa. By knowing the half-life elimination time of each drug, I was able to space each drug according to its half-life and in conjunction with the timing and composition of meals. I now take Sinemet during the day and lisinopril only at bedtime.
Change in Up-Coming Events
Half-Life of Dopamine Agents
TRADE/Generic Names Half-Life
PARCOPA 1 hr +
SINEMET 1-1.5 hrs
MIRAPEX Reg. 8-12hrs
MIRAPEX ER 24 hrs
Selegiline 5mg 24 hrs +
Lisinopril 10mg 12 hrs +
Ropinirole 6-8 hrs
Olanow W et al, Trends Neurosci. 200;23 CH Waters MD.
Up-dated for discontinued drugs A. Richardson
Dr. John MacKenzie had planned to be our guest speaker on March 15. Due to a family medical procedure requiring his presence in Phoenix that day, he will speak to us instead on April 19. Please amend your calendars accordingly.
There will be either a substitute speaker or combination program of PD related videos and open floor for group members to tell of their activities and PD experiences and a Q and A session among the audience
Driving and Parkinson’s Disease
At some point as we age, there comes a time when we must stop driving because we are a danger to those with whom we share the road and to ourselves. We all know of friends, family members and neighbors who we consider should not be driving for one reason or another, yet they have valid recently renewed licenses. Departments of Motor Vehicles grant people in their eighties and nineties, five-year extensions so age cannot be the deciding factor.
The Parkinson Disease Foundation in an article on Driving and Parkinson’s disease” makes the point that driving is a privilege not to be abused and age alone is not sufficient reason to stop driving. With Parkinson’s, muscle control and reaction time more important than age. We suggest members and their families view the entire presentation of
“Driving and Parkinson’s Disease:
Balancing Independence and Safety” by Margaret O’Connor Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the
Director of Neuropsychology in the
Division of Behavioral Neurology and
Center for Cognitive Neurology, located
in Boston MA. and by Lissa Kapust, L.I.C.S.W., an Associate in Neurology at Harvard Medical School and the
Program Services Coordinator for the Parkinson’s Disease Center of Excellence at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
in Boston, MA.
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“Driving and Parkinson’s Disease: Balancing Independence and Safety”
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It plays over one hour and takes a realistic approach to a sensitive subject.
One Cent Increase in First Class Mail is Cause for Fund-Raising
By Alan Richardson
The majority of members receive the monthly notice of meetings and this newsletter via the Internet, thus saving us an unnecessary expense. If you have access to the internet directly or indirectly through a family member and would like to switch, please let us know.
The one-cent increase in First Class Postage may seem “small-change” to some, but at 45 cents per envelope, it amounts to a major monthly Group expense. Regrettably, we fall short of qualifying under the 200-piece minimum per mailing offered to not-for-profit organizations.
We do not impose an annual fee to participate in the Support Group activities, knowing that some people with PD may not participate if they were required to pay a fee. We have been dependent on those who attend meetings regularly for their welcome monthly cash contributions. As generous as those members have been all along, the Group needs more funds to cover ever-increasing expenses.
We now ask those members who do not regularly attend Group meetings if they would kindly make a contribution to Prescott Parkinson Support Group in an amount with which they are comfortable. Better still, we invite those members who have not attended meetings with us recently, to renew their association with the Group and make a modest contribution when attending meetings. In either case, please contact Kay 778-2242 or your reporter Alan 442-1380. Members wishing to contribute by credit card should contact Alan. We assure you funds raised will be used in Arizona with emphasis on aiding people with PD and their caregivers.