Navigating Life with Parkinson's Disease

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Oxford University Press, Dec 6, 2012 - Health & Fitness - 200 pages
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The American Academy of Neurology's (AAN) Neurology Now Books series answer the questions and concerns of patients and caregivers with specific neurologic diseases who are navigating a host of issues related to living-often long-term-with a neurologic illness. Navigating Life with Parkinson's Disease is a guide for anyone affected by Parkinson's—patients, family members, friends, and caregivers. Containing the most up-to-date information on the disease, one of the most common nervous system diseases, it also discusses the available treatments and provides practical advice on how to manage the disease in the long term. Emphasizing life-style adjustments that will provide a better quality of life and moderate the burden for patients and their loved ones, Navigating Life with Parkinson's Disease answers many questions and clarifies misunderstandings regarding the disease. While addressing all the relevant aspects of the disease, the authors do so in a manner that is approachable and easily understandable. Question and answer sections are provided, while "hot topics" are called out for easy visibility. The authors have also included true patient stories that will both inspire and instruct. The authors have also taken care to address several topics often not mentioned in physician-directed disease management, such as how to talk to family and friends about one's life with Parkinson's; what role the care partner can play, and what is the best way to help a loved one without facing burnout. Promoting the patient-centered, multi- and multidisciplinary model of chronic disease management, Navigating Life with Parkinson's Disease empowers patients and their families with the necessary information to take charge of their health care.
  

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Navigating Life with Parkinson Disease

User Review  - Dana Ladd - Book Verdict

Physician Parashos and physical therapist Rosemary L. Wichmann (both of Struthers Parkinson's Ctr., Park-Nicollet Methodist Hosp., Golden Valley, MN), along with journalist Todd Melby, provide readers ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jan - Goodreads

Basic--if you have never had long term care issues this is a good start. Allows for what needs to be done to manage early stages-- not as helpful for discussing coping of the deterioration over time ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 What Is It? Why Me?
10
3 The Motor Symptoms
33
4 The NonMotor Symptoms
52
5 Diagnosis
71
6 How Will My Life Change?
85
General Principles Medications and Surgery
93
Rehabilitation Therapy Assistive Devices and Adaptive Equipment
142
11 Research
206
12 The Care Partner
214
13 Community Involvement Advocacy and Resources
227
Managing Your Personal Affairs
235
GLOSSARY
261
ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
273
ABOUT THE AAN AND THE ABF
275
INDEX
277

Specific Symptoms
166
10 Lifestyle Changes and Disease Management
190

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About the author (2012)


Sotirios Parashos, MD, PhD, is Chair of Medical Research at the Struthers Parkinson's Center of the Park-Nicollet Methodist Hospital in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Rose Wichmann, PT, is a physical therapist and manager of the Struthers Parkinson's Center in
Golden Valley, Minnesota, part of Park Nicollet Health Services.

Todd Melby is a reporter, radio journalist, and writer. He is a senior producer at 2 below zero, a non-profit dedicated to producing documentaries.

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