The JWC Parkinson's Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through funding research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's through Holistic or Stem Cell Treatments. With the high cost of medical and alternate therapies our goal is to provide grants to individuals seeking Integrative Medicine.
What your donations fund
The JWC Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our Parkinson’s community.
Today Parkinson's has affective an estimated one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.
Stem cells have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.
There have been many remarkable changes in treatments for Parkinson's disease in recent years. Scientists have developed new drugs, and they have a better understanding of how to use older treatments. That has made a big difference in everyday life for people with the disease. Read More +
Many people with Parkinson's disease have a hard time swallowing because they lose control of their mouth and throat muscles. As a result, chewing and managing solid foods can be difficult. If you have Parkinson's disease, and it's hard for you to swallow, you have a higher chance of aspiration (inhaling fluid or stomach contents into the lungs) and pneumonia. For some, special swallowing techniques are enough to ease these problems. Others need to change their diet. READ MORE +
living with pd, your support
There is much you can do to proactively affect the course of your Parkinson's disease and live a full, happy and healthy life. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is challenging to live with, as it causes progressive changes to motor function as well as many other non-motor symptoms, including depression, sleep problems, pain, and cognitive dysfunction. The disease greatly impacts the quality of life of both the person with PD, and the caregiver or care partner. Although there is much about PD that is uncontrollable, taking an active role in treatment, including adhering to a medication schedule and making healthy lifestyle choices, can provide a sense of control and help people with PD live their lives to the fullest.