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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

ssing exercise with their physician (i.e., neurologist or movement disorder specialist). Further, fewer than half discussed the common consequence of depression (42 percent) with their physician, and only 33 percent discussed nutrition.

"The Every Victory Counts manual is an important resource, as it provides as unprecedented collection of strategies and techniques to engage and empower people with Parkinson's. These resources are presented in a well-organized, easy-to-understand and use format," said Monique Giroux, M.D., book co-author, medical director of the Booth Gardner Parkinson's Care Center in Kirkland, WA, and medical director of the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. "Connecting with other people with Parkinson's who have walked in their shoes through the personal stories and anecdotes shared here is an invaluable way to gain additional perspective and motivation to take an active role in one's own care."

The new manual features information, tips and tools in areas such as:

  • Parkinson's diagnosis and management at all ages and stages, including Young Onset Parkinson's disease
  • Exercise, diet and nutrition
  • Emotional health, including depression and intimacy
  • Caregiver/care partner guidance
  • Hospital stays and emergency room visits
  • Parkinson's resources
  • More than 15 worksheets to stimulate action and information-sharing
  • Medical appointment planning, contact information, symptom diary, medication log and appointment checklist

The manual also includes a thorough review of self-care and medical treatments, including medications and deep brain stimulation surgery.  "It is critical to recognize that people with Parkinson's require a continuum of care that may incorporate different solutions for different people and at different points in
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