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"Being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease can be distressing, and adjusting to the effects of the disease can be difficult. The second edition of Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier will help readers lead a remarkably unlimited life. Filled with tips, techniques, and shortcuts readers will learn basic lessons for conserving time and energy, enabling them to do more of the things they want to do. Throughout the book, specially marked tips are provided for those who provide care and support for ...
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Parkinson's Disease

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Overview

"Being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease can be distressing, and adjusting to the effects of the disease can be difficult. The second edition of Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier will help readers lead a remarkably unlimited life. Filled with tips, techniques, and shortcuts readers will learn basic lessons for conserving time and energy, enabling them to do more of the things they want to do. Throughout the book, specially marked tips are provided for those who provide care and support for people with this disease. By adapting their routine, making their homes more accessible, and keeping a positive outlook, readers will have the power to take control of their life and rise above the challenges of PD. This book features tips to help readers:
  • Streamline daily activities
  • Become organized and work smarter
  • Find ways to stay involved and in touch
  • Discover local, state, and national resources
  • Become more independent

This book will empower readers as they face the future. Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, 2nd Edition is an indispensable resource for patients, family, friends and caregivers. ";"Contents: Basic Concepts for Living with Parkinson's Disease. Staying Positive While Living With Parkinson's Disease; Basic Concepts For People Who Help People With PD; Resources. Making Your Home Safe and Accessible. Light and Light Switches; Safety; Doorknobs, Doors, and Doorways; Under Lock and Key; Ramps, Railings, Stairs, and Grab Bars; The Kitchen; The Bathroom; The Bedroom; Furniture and Floor Coverings; Resources. Looking Good, Feeling Better. Grooming; Choosing the Right Clothing; Dressing Tips; Dressing Aids and Simple Clothing Adaptations; Hosiery and Footwear; Resources. Communicating. Speaking Tips; Using Technology to Aid in Spoken Communication; Writing Tips; Keeping the Lines of Communication Open; Resources. Managing Mealtime Madness. In the Kitchen; Eating and Drinking Tips for People with Swallowing Difficulties; Resources. Empowering Yourself. Mobility and Exercise; Leisure and Recreational Activities; Improving Memory and Concentration. Handling Medical Issues. Record Keeping and Research; Doctors' Appointments; Medications; Managing Your Home Health Care; Resources. Getting Out and About. Errands and Outings; Car and Driving; Travel. Index.";"This [new] version, which has been updated to include new products and developments, concentrates on the person with PD, giving him or her easy-to-follow ideas organized by subject in a portable format...Schwartz's own experiences with multiple sclerosis make her sensitive to the needs for people with PD to be informed about their own needs and connected with those around them. -- Book News

""The second edition updates and expands on ways to streamline daily activities and...make life less stressful... In a caring tone, she advocates independence and self-reliance."" -- Parkinson's Disease Update

""A book filled with tips that will help you make life easier for someone you care about or for yourself. This book begins with the basic concepts of living with PD and proceeds to help you with such subjects as home safety, grooming, communication, mealtimes, exercise, medication, and also broaches the subject of cars and driving."" -- The Nashville News

""A collection of tried-and-true techniques, shortcuts, and resources to help patients and their caregivers. Arranged in categories of daily activities for easy reference, the book covers everything from 'Making Your Home Safe and Accessible' to 'Looking Good and Feeling Better.'"" -- Fifty Plus

""Her advice on making a home safe and accessible for those with the disease could be applicable to others with limited mobility. The book offers tips, techniques, shortcuts, and resources useful to those who have the disease, as well as their family, friends and caregivers."" -- Orange County Home

""...simply written and well organized. The information provided will be useful for people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and are having difficulty restructuring their lives as well as caregivers who need some creative ideas and helpful resources."" -- Divine, Inc.

""There is also PD-specific ideas for decorating, cleaning, and cooking; suggestions for maintaining health; resource lists for every ingredient and implement you'll ever need, etc. This is a very useful reference book."" -- The PDF News

""For easy reference, the book is categorized according to daily activities...The book is easy reading and the result of interviews with people with PD and the healthcare professionals and caergivers who care for them...Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is an excellent resource guide for people with PD and their caregviers and would be a good addition to the consumer health library.""--CAPHIS Consumer Health Connections"

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Reviewer: Joel Havemann, BA(Los Angeles Times)
Description: Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips in fact spells out 355 ideas (some duplicative) to help those with the disease and those who help people with the disease cope with it, along with helpful lists of available resources. Part of a series that also includes multiple sclerosis (which the author has), the new Parkinson's handbook updates a 2002 edition with new tips.
Purpose: The author's goal is to help people cope with Parkinson's, certainly a laudable objective. She brings the welcome perspective of a patient (although she does not have Parkinson's herself) as opposed to that of a healthcare professional, many of whom have included similar information in their books explaining what is known medically about Parkinson's. Perhaps inevitably, however, I found most of her 355 tips to be either obvious (don't fill your drinking glass to the rim if you have a tremor) or inappropriate to my circumstances.
Audience: The book is written for both Parkinson's patients and their caregivers — an important inclusion, since caregivers are often the forgotten victims of the disease. Some of the tips, however, seem aimed at the newly diagnosed, while the majority are for much more advanced patients, those who need a wheelchair and have trouble getting food to mouth. That the author has multiple sclerosis and not Parkinson's makes her no less of an authority; the diseases are similar, and the author has learned from the more than 100 Parkinson's patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals she has interviewed.
Features: The lists of resources for Parkinson's patients and the inclusion of tips for caregivers are among the innovative features of the book. Its major shortcoming is its uncertainty about the stage of its readers' disease. The author acknowledges that readers might not be able to handle the advanced Parkinson's sufferers they might encounter in support groups. But a great many of its tips are aimed at patients with advanced symptoms, and newer patients might not want to be told to check in advance whether a prospective hotel accommodates wheelchairs or to eat baby foods because they're easy to swallow.
Assessment: The book has many of the pluses and minuses of other handbooks on coping with Parkinson's (including the American Parkinson Disease Association's Coping with Parkinson's Disease, Susan B. Levin, editor). It includes some useful suggestions, but to be inclusive of readers with a wide variety of symptoms, it necessarily has many tips that are inappropriate to many readers. In particular, the book would be more effective if it could isolate its tips for advanced patients from its suggestions for new ones. The lists of relevant resources at the end of each chapter justifies replacing the first edition with the second.
CAPHIS Consumer Health Connections
"This [new] version, which has been updated to include new products and developments, concentrates on the person with PD, giving him or her easy-to-follow ideas organized by subject in a portable format...Schwartz's own experiences with multiple sclerosis make her sensitive to the needs for people with PD to be informed about their own needs and connected with those around them."-- Book News

"The second edition updates and expands on ways to streamline daily activities and...make life less stressful... In a caring tone, she advocates independence and self-reliance." -- Parkinson's Disease Update

"A book filled with tips that will help you make life easier for someone you care about or for yourself. This book begins with the basic concepts of living with PD and proceeds to help you with such subjects as home safety, grooming, communication, mealtimes, exercise, medication, and also broaches the subject of cars and driving." -- The Nashville News

"A collection of tried-and-true techniques, shortcuts, and resources to help patients and their caregivers. Arranged in categories of daily activities for easy reference, the book covers everything from 'Making Your Home Safe and Accessible' to 'Looking Good and Feeling Better.'" -- Fifty Plus

"Her advice on making a home safe and accessible for those with the disease could be applicable to others with limited mobility. The book offers tips, techniques, shortcuts, and resources useful to those who have the disease, as well as their family, friends and caregivers." -- Orange County Home

"...simply written and well organized. The information provided will be useful for people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and are having difficulty restructuring their lives as well as caregivers who need some creative ideas and helpful resources." -- Divine, Inc.

"There is also PD-specific ideas for decorating, cleaning, and cooking; suggestions for maintaining health; resource lists for every ingredient and implement you'll ever need, etc. This is a very useful reference book." -- The PDF News

"For easy reference, the book is categorized according to daily activities...The book is easy reading and the result of interviews with people with PD and the healthcare professionals and caergivers who care for them...Parkinson's Disease: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier is an excellent resource guide for people with PD and their caregviers and would be a good addition to the consumer health library."--CAPHIS Consumer Health Connections


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934559369
  • Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 590,697
  • File size: 406 KB

Meet the Author

Shelley Peterman Schwarz and her husband, Dave, live in Madison, Wisconsin. At the time of her diagnosis in 1979, Shelley was working part-time as a teacher of the deaf. Since 1985 she has published more than 300 articles and received numerous awards including the Mother of the Year from the Wisconsin Chapter of the National MS Society, the Partner in Health award from the Combined Health Appeal of America, and the Spirit of the American Woman award from J.C. Penney. Her nationally syndicated, ""Making Life Easier"" column appears in numerous newspapers and magazines across the country.
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Table of Contents

Dear Readers v
1. Basic Concepts for Living with Parkinson's Disease 1
Staying Positive While Living With Parkinson's Disease 1
Basic Concepts For People Who Help People With PD 8
Resources 10
2. Making Your Home Safe and Accessible 13
Lighting and Light Switches 14
Safety and Emergency Provisions 15
Doors, Doorways and Doorknobs 16
Under Lock and Key 17
Ramps, Railings, Stairs, and Grab Bars 17
The Kitchen 19
The Bathroom 20
The Bedroom 22
Furniture and Floor Coverings 26
Resources 27
3. Looking Good, Feeling Better 31
Grooming 32
Choosing the Right Clothing 34
Dressing Tips 35
Dressing Aids and Simple Clothing Adaptations 36
Hosiery and Footwear 38
Resources 39
4. Communicating 43
Speaking Tips 44
Using Technology to Aid in Spoken Communication 49
Writing Tips 51
Keeping the Lines of Communication Open 52
Resources 54
5. Managing Mealtime Madness 57
In the Kitchen 58
Eating and Drinking Tips for People with Swallowing Difficulties 62
Resources 68
6. Empowering Yourself 73
Mobility and Exercise 74
Leisure and Recreational Activities 85
Improving Memory and Concentration 89
7. Handling Medical Issues 91
Record Keeping and Research 93
Doctors' Appointments 95
Medications 98
Managing Your Home Health Care 104
Resources 107
8. Getting Out and About 111
Errands and Outings 112
Car and Driving 113
Travel 114
Index 119
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