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Davis Phinney Foundation Launches 'Every Victory Counts' Program to Inform and Empower People to Live Well With Parkinson's
Date:2/11/2010

ery Victory Counts manual come from the more than 50 people with Parkinson's who share their stories, which touch on many key topics, such as: diagnosis, family, exercise, medication, intimacy, and the importance of humor.  

The manual is also highly interactive with more than 15 worksheets, which are designed for communicating with healthcare professionals, family, friends and co-workers, as well as building personal action plans in areas of high interest for people with Parkinson's, including exercise, depression, nutrition, intimacy and medical approaches like deep brain stimulation therapy. Its transportable, three-ring binder format enables users to include articles of interest, medical reports, information from medical visits, as well as updates from the foundation that will be provided to enhance future health care decisions.

"Years of successful cycling competition, including The Olympics and Tour de France, and my more challenging race against Parkinson's, have taught me that focus, purpose, and being engaged in a challenging process lead to victories just as important as crossing the finish line first," said Davis Phinney, cycling legend and founder of the Davis Phinney Foundation. "Every Victory Counts is designed to empower you to live well with Parkinson's today by providing the latest medical information and tools along with encouragement from people with Parkinson's to help you take an active role in your journey, enjoy victories large and small, and bridge the communication gaps still all too evident in the Parkinson's community."

A recent survey conducted by the Davis Phinney Foundation found that communication to help people living well with Parkinson's is lacking. Among findings, while 82 percent of people with Parkinson's surveyed said they believe that exercise could improve their quality of life and overall function, less than half (36 percent) reported discu
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