For Parkinson's Patients and Their Families

Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier

By Shelley Peterman Schwarz

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"This indispensable resource for patients, family, friends, and caregivers helps patients rise above PD’s challenges by working smarter, maintaining a positive outlook, and conserving time and energy. Organized by subject, the book covers a wide range of topics, including making the home more accessible; dressing aids and simple clothing adaptations; using technology to improve communication; eating and drinking tips for people with difficulty swallowing; mobility and exercise; managing home health care; cars and driving; leisure and recreational activities; travel; and much more. A resource section at the end of each chapter contains contact information for the agencies, organizations, and products mentioned."

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The Comfort of Home for Parkinson Disease: A Guide for Caregivers

By Maria M. Meyer and Paula Derr

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"This comprehensive guide to the day-to-day issues confronted by Parkinson disease patients and their caregivers covers every caregiving stage. It's all here in an illustrated, easy-to-read format, including the decision to provide home care, preparing the home, assisting with daily activities, financial management, and strategies for avoiding caregiver burnout. This guide also includes information on the specific issues that PD patients and caregivers face, as well as tips on purchasing equipment, travel, therapies, loss of motor skills, and communicating effectively with physicians."
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Understanding Parkinson's disease : a self-help guide

By David L. Cram, Steven H. Schechter, Xiao-Ke Gao

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A self-help approach to Parkinson's disease -- What is Parkinson's disease? -- The emotional side of Parkinson's disease -- Your doctor as partner -- Drug treatment for Parkinson's disease -- Surgery as treatment for Parkinson's disease -- The importance of exercise -- Day-to-day coping -- Caring for caregivers.
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Yoga for movement disorders : rebuilding strength, balance and flexibility for Parkinson's disease and dystonia

By Renee Le Verrier

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"A daily guide to yoga practice designed for people with dystonia, muscle imbalance, rigidity, and spasms due to such causes as Parkinson's, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. The focus is on rebuilding strength and flexibility as well as physical and emotional balance. Part 1 prepares the reader for practicing yoga. It includes an introduction, a chapter on how to begin, from where and when to practice, how to use the book, safety precautions, and a note to teachers. Part 2 flows as a yoga class would, with breathing exercises, modified poses, and guided relaxation. The poses presented in later chapters include a variety of difficulty levels, from seated to standing, with step-by-step directions and easy-to-follow photos. The mind/body connection is woven throughout,and each chapter concludes with a brief list of why the day's practice is beneficial along with suggestions of how to apply the poses and concepts to everyday activities."
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Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia

By Thomas Graboys with Peter Zheutlin

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"At the age of 49, Dr. Thomas Graboys had reached the pinnacle of his career and was leading a charmed life. A nationally renowned Boston cardiologist popular for his attention to the hearts and souls of his patients, he had a beautiful wife, two wonderful daughters, positions on both the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a thriving private practice. Today, Graboys is battling a particularly aggressive form of Parkinson's disease and progressive dementia, and can no longer see patients or give rounds. Despite the physical, mental, and emotional toll he battles daily, Graboys continues his life-long mission of caring for the world one human being at a time by telling his story so that others may find comfort, inspiration, or validation in their own struggles."

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Ask the Doctor about Parkinson's Disease

By Michael S. Okun, Hubert H. Fernandez

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Parkinson's disease : what is it? -- Adjusting to life with Parkinson's disease -- Motor symptoms -- Nonmotor symptoms -- Pharmacological approaches to treatment -- Alternative and complementary approaches to treatment -- Multidisciplinary approaches to treatment -- Surgical approaches to treatment -- Stem cells, gene therapy, transplants, and other medical treatments -- Ten things on the horizon for treating Parkinson's disease.
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Parkinson's Disease

By Lori Dittmer

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"A look at Parkinson's disease, examining the ways in which it develops, its symptoms and diagnosis, the effects it has on a person's daily life, and research toward finding better treatments."
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Deep Brain Stimulation: A New Life for People with Parkinson's, Dystonia and Essential Tremor

By Kelvin L. Chou, Susan Grube, Parag G. Patil

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"A deep brain stimulator (DBS) device is like a pacemaker for the heart, but the electrodes are placed into the brain. DBS helps in neurological disorders by changing the activity of brain cells depending on where the electrodes are placed. In 1973, Yoshio Hosobuchi first performed chronic deep brain stimulation, to treat pain, by implanting electrodes. In 2002, long-term results of pallidal stimulation were reported for Parkinson's disease. Thus, this book discusses how Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, dystonia, and a few other neurological and psychiatric disorders are treated with DBS."
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