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If you have recently visited the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) website, www.pdf.org, you may have noticed some changes. In early October, PDF completed a website redesign and reorganization. The goal of this relaunch is to make the website easier to use for everyone — whether they are recently diagnosed, have been living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for several years or are caregivers, health professionals or researchers.
On our new site you can browse news articles on the latest scientific discoveries, read about PDF-funded researchers, download or order educational materials, or use the ‘Ask the Expert’ online service to submit your questions about Parkinson’s directly to PDF’s information specialists.
The revamped site includes a new section called “Living with Parkinson’s,” — developed with the advice of PDF’s People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC). This section will offer tips on managing symptoms, saving on medications, seeking out complementary therapies and getting involved in clinical research. Over the next few months, it will also begin to provide listings of valuable resources (such as, financial or legal assistance) — addressing the needs not only of people with PD, but also of family members and caregivers who may need support.
The new website will also highlight PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. Visitors to the site can browse a gallery of artwork — including paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry and sculpture — created by more than 220 people with Parkinson’s disease. For a preview, see page 6 of this issue of News & Review where Nancy Grandoff discusses ‘A Different Kind of Medicine’ — how she found hope and symptom relief through painting. Her works, including her painting, Playful Turtles, are now available to view in the website’s gallery.
With the new www.pdf.org, we will be doing our best to keep you updated on Parkinson’s disease science and medications and to support your life with Parkinson’s in a variety of ways. We hope that you visit soon!