OFF periods, defined as the return of motor and non-motor Parkinson’s symptoms, can be hard to recognize, describe and talk about with your circle of care or healthcare professional. Click on a piece of art below to learn more about the person with Parkinson’s who inspired it, their circle of care and how the artwork depicts their personal experience with OFF periods. OFF periods may be difficult to identify and talk about because the symptoms can differ from person to person. This art series is intended to visualize the feelings others have associated with their OFF periods, which may help you better recognize your own OFF symptoms and discuss it with your care team.
Be sure to speak with your doctor about all your Parkinson’s symptoms.
Gustavo was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006 at age 42. In August 2014, Gustavo was named a member of the Board of Advisors of Shake It Off, a non-profit organization which raises awareness of Parkinson’s, funds Parkinson’s research and promotes a higher quality of life through exercise therapies for those living with Parkinson’s.See Story
Sarah was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in April 2010. With such shock and uncertainty about her future with Parkinson’s, Sarah fought courageously, taking Parkinson’s head on. Sarah became a leading pioneer for the Parkinson’s community, joining the Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s, in which she provided awareness, advocacy and support to minority communities.See Story
Linda Berghoff is a Dancing Through Parkinson’s teacher and an Invertigo Dance Theatre board member. Linda has danced recreationally all of her life, so even after she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006, striking a blow at her most beloved activity, she continued to stay active and take dance classes. She is proud to collaborate with Invertigo to bring an invaluable program to people living with Parkinson’s.See Story
John Pelchat was a classroom teacher for over 13 years and served as an elementary school principal for 23 years, earning the respect of colleagues, parents and students because of his fair, calm and logical nature. In 2009, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and joined his local support group soon after.See Story
Jennifer Parkinson is president and co-founder of Neuroboxing and StrongHer Women Fighting Parkinson’s and has been living with young-onset Parkinson’s for 13 years. Jennifer, a single mother of two, fights back through boxing and helps support women with Parkinson’s as a speaker and panelist for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, a participant in multiple Parkinson’s Foundation Moving Day Walks and a Women in PD advocate.See Story
Steve started tremoring in 2007 and was misdiagnosed for several years before receiving a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Steve teaches an exercise class for people with Parkinson’s and is also on the board of directors of The Unsteady Hand, a non-profit that focuses on art and creativity labs for people with Parkinson’s.See Story
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