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INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS IT? WHY ME?
What is it?
What Causes Parkinson Disease?
What Are the Stages of the Disease?
Who Gets the Disease? Why Me?
Is There Help?
The Outlook for People with Parkinson Disease CHAPTER 2: THE MOTOR SYMPTOMS Tremor Bradykinesia Rigidity Loss of Balance, Freezing, and Falling Other Motor Symptoms Motor Symptoms That May Occur as a Complication of Treatment CHAPTER 3: THE NON-MOTOR SYMPTOMS Sensory Symptoms Cognitive Symptoms CHAPTER 4: DIAGNOSIS CHAPTER 5: HOW WILL MY LIFE CHANGE?
Reacting to the Diagnosis Seeking More Information Next Step CHAPTER 6: DISEASE MANAGEMENT: GENERAL PRINCIPLES, MEDICATIONS, AND SURGERY What Are Our Weapons in Treating Parkinson Disease?
What if I Don't Want to Start Medications Right Away?
Brain Surgery for Parkinson Disease CHAPTER 7: DISEASE MANAGEMENT: REHABILITATION THERAPY, ASSISTIVE DEVICES, AND ADAPTIVE EQUIPMENT Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy Assistive Devices and Adaptive Equipment CHAPTER 8: DISEASE MANAGEMENT: SPECIFIC SYMPTOMS Managing Tremor, Bradykinesia, and Rigidity Managing Balance Challenges and Freezing of Gait Managing Weakness and Fatigue Managing Dyskinesia, Dystonia, and Wearing Off Managing Speech and Communication Problems Managing Excessive Salivation, Drooling, and Thick Secretions Managing Swallowing Problems Managing Vision Problems Managing Difficulties with Bladder Control Dealing With Loss of Mobility in the Advanced Stages Dealing With Mild Cognitive Symptoms Managing Confusion, Hallucinations, and Dementia Dealing With Apathy, Depression, Impulsivity, and Anxiety Managing Sleep Changes in Parkinson Disease Managing Orthostatic Hypotension Weight Loss Keeping Skin in Shape Hospitalization Elective Surgery Medications to Avoid CHAPTER 9: LIFESTYLE CHANGES AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT The Importance of Exercise Leisure Activities Stress Management Driving Spirituality Travel Using Complementary Therapies The Power of Music and Dance Getting Involved in the Parkinson Community CHAPTER 10: RESEARCH Why Should I Consider Participating in Research?
What Kinds of Research Studies May Be Open to a Person With Parkinson Disease?
The "Informed Consent"
Where Can I Learn More?
CHAPTER 11: LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ISSUES Advance Directives Living Wills HIPAA-What Information Do I Have Access to and How to Make the Most of It Maintaining Tracking Information through Electronic Medical Records ADA Issues Financial Planning CHAPTER 12: THE CAREPARTNER Coping With Caregiver Stress and Fatigue Planning for the Future CHAPTER 13: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, ADVOCACY, AND RESOURCES A Passion for Advocacy Find Out More GLOSSARY