Parkinson's Disease and the Family: A New Guide

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Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder characterized by tremor, stiffness, and slow gait. It affects 500,000 people in the United States, with approximately 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually. But its impact is much wider. Family members with little understanding of the disease often find themselves struggling to help their loved one navigate the complexities of the health care system. Patients wonder, Which treatments are best for me? Will I be able to live on my own? Should I join a drug trial? In this ...

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Overview

Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder characterized by tremor, stiffness, and slow gait. It affects 500,000 people in the United States, with approximately 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually. But its impact is much wider. Family members with little understanding of the disease often find themselves struggling to help their loved one navigate the complexities of the health care system. Patients wonder, Which treatments are best for me? Will I be able to live on my own? Should I join a drug trial? In this straightforward, compassionate guide, Nutan Sharma and Elaine Richman address these concerns and more. They provide a thorough review of the etiology, diagnosis, and current treatment of Parkinson's, with special consideration given to the effect on family dynamics and routines--including the often neglected topics of long-term care and sexual function. The authors also review the pros and cons of various alternative therapies, including nutritional supplements, massage therapy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Too often, with Parkinson's disease, a loved one serves as medical interpreter, patient advocate, and caregiver. In Parkinson's Disease and the Family, Nutan Sharma and Elaine Richman draw on the latest research and clinical practice techniques to offer valuable suggestions for managing patient care and, perhaps more important, for healing the family unit.

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According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1.5 million Americans currently suffer from Parkinson's disease (PD), and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. With coauthor Richman, neurologist Sharma (Massachusetts General Hosp.) provides a book that will answer the questions of patients, caregivers, and concerned family members. Topics include diagnosis, risk factors, alternative therapies, depression, dementia, and clinical trials. Especially notable is the discussion of PD's effects on family dynamics, including long-term care and sexual function. The appendix offers such resources as professional societies, government agencies, and PD organizations. The authors' qualifications, their clear and accessible vocabulary, and the book's breadth and depth make this a highly recommended choice for consumer health collections in hospitals and academic and public libraries. (Index not seen.)-Cleo Pappas, La Grange Memorial Hosp. Lib., IL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Nutan Sharma, M.D., is an Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Neurologist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Instructor, Harvard Medical School.

Elaine Richman, Ph.D., is President ofRichman Associates, LLC, in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 What Is Parkinson's Disease?

2 The Diagnosis

3 Risk Factors

4 Treatment

5 Treatment Challenges and Setbacks

6 Finding the Help You Need

7 Preserving Intimacy

8 Depression

9 Dementia

10 Alternative Therapies

11 Clinical Trials

12 Communicating with Your Treatment Team

13 When Long-Term Arrangements Are Required

14 The Wedding

Appendix: Resources

Notes

Glossary

References

Index

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