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Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword by Linda Kelly -- Introduction -- How to use this book -- 1 What is Parkinson's? -- What is Parkinson's disease -- The cause - or causes - of Parkinson's -- Who gets Parkinson's? -- Outlook -- 2 Symptoms and diagnosis -- Problems of diagnosis -- The main symptoms -- Other possible symptoms -- 3 Treatment -- Levodopa, Sinemet and Madopar -- Dopamine agonists -- Other Parkinson's drugs -- General questions about drug treatment -- Long-term problems -- Physical therapies -- Surgical treatments -- Complementary therapies -- 4 Access to treatment and services -- Medical treatment and related services -- Primary Care Trusts and social services -- Adaptations and housing -- 5 Attitudes and relationships -- Helping yourself -- You and your partner -- Children and grandchildren -- Outside the family -- 6 Caring for the 'carers' -- 7 Communication -- Getting your message across -- 8 Work and leisure -- Work -- Leisure -- 9 Managing at home -- Mobility and safety -- Personal care -- 10 Eating and diet -- Food and drink -- Eating and swallowing -- 11 Getting around on wheels -- Getting around without a car -- Cars and driving -- Money and mobility -- 12 Finance -- Benefits -- Other financial considerations -- 13 Care outside the home -- Respite care -- Holidays -- Going into hospital -- Long-term care -- 14 Research and clinical trials -- Medical research -- Clinical trials -- Other areas of research -- 15 The Parkinson's Disease Society -- Aims -- Information, care and support services -- Regional and local support -- Younger people with Parkinson's and their families -- Black and minority ethnic communities -- Support for relatives and friends (carers) -- Public relations, policy and campaigning -- Research -- Education -- Fundraising -- Contacting the PDS/becoming a Member -- Glossary.
Appendix 1 Useful addresses -- Appendix 2 Useful publications -- Index.
This book will help empower people living with Parkinson's disease. It will give them the information they need, increasing their knowledge and understanding, and enabling them to retain control and make informed choices about their lives. Packed full of advice on managing Parkinson's disease, about medications and treatments, benefits and finance, transport and holidays or about where to turn to for help and support - you will find all the answers in this user-friendly guide.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2019. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.