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  • Newly Diagnosed – Parkinson Canada
    corrected by the interventions of a speech language pathologist A consultation with a dietician may be useful in restoring the medication s effectiveness or to counter side effects A global approach greatly improves the treatment of Parkinson s and may ensure a better quality of life for those suffering from it Alternative Treatments What consideration should be given to alternative therapies and medicine Interest in alternative approaches to health continues to grow Approaches such as massage homeopathy aromatherapy pressure therapy and reflexology are gaining increasing consideration as alternatives to so called traditional medicine While it is true that there is no harm in trying to feel better these therapies should be viewed with caution and discernment For example choose a type of massage that is best suited to your needs condition and energy level If you have Parkinson s it is essential that you find out as much as you can about the quality and benefits of all these approaches as some will be better suited than others to your specific needs The best choice of therapies be they traditional or alternative is one that is made in an informed manner Which therapies to choose and which to reject should be discussed with your physician so as to plan the interventions most likely to be effective for your well being and health Alternative therapies should always be undertaken on the advice of your doctor and should complement your current treatment regime Never stop treatment medications without consulting your doctor and be sure to always discuss treatment options with your them Who can I involve in my care The Health Care Professional Interdisciplinary Team The Health Care Professional Team is comprised of specialists who may be involved in the therapeutic treatment of specific Parkinson symptoms Please remember not all of the listed specialists will be covered by MSI The General Practitioner GP or family doctor is whom most people with Parkinson s will see for general healthcare advice This doctor will maintain all of your records Typically the General Practitioner or the Neurologist will be the primary contact on the care team referring the patients as needed to the appropriate specialists The Neurologist specializes in neurological disorders Thus they can provide the person living with Parkinson s the most specific care in terms of the disorder The neurologist will typically determine treatment and adjust medications as needed A patient should see the neurologist annually The GP might consult with the neurologist throughout the year on your care as needed The Pharmacist is the record keeper of all of the medications a person with Parkinson s uses The patient should build a relationship with one pharmacist or pharmacy The pharmacist can offer advice on medications medical coverage and drug plans in consultation with your doctor Be sure to tell your pharmacist about any supplements or over the counter medication that you are taking Some medications do react when taken in combination with others and could cause serious adverse side effects The Psychiatrist

    Original URL path: http://parkinsonmaritimes.ca/about-parkinsons/newly-diagnosed/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Test your Parkinson’s IQ – Parkinson Canada
    Reports Contact Us About Parkinsons What is Parkinson s Information Kits Newly Diagnosed Test your Parkinson s IQ Young Onset Support How We Can Help Local Chapters and Support Groups Stories Library Resource Centre Information en francais Additional Resources Research Research highlights Volunteer for Research National Research Program How to Help How to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar Test your Parkinson s IQ

    Original URL path: http://parkinsonmaritimes.ca/about-parkinsons/test-your-parkinsons-iq/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Young Onset – Parkinson Canada
    Stories Library Resource Centre Information en francais Additional Resources Research Research highlights Volunteer for Research National Research Program How to Help How to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar Young Onset Generally regardless of the age at which Parkinson s is diagnosed the symptoms are quite similar although certain differences are recognized when it starts before age forty It seems that dystonia involuntary muscle contraction is more frequent in younger people and that the motor fluctuations and dyskinesia involuntary movements associated with Levodopa treatment appear much earlier in this group On the other hand trembling is less common in younger people and cognitive disorders memory impairment concentration difficulties are also more rare Thousands of young adults around the world are living with Parkinson s Like you they re tackling the challenges of career parenting and pursuing goals for the future We understand that whether you are newly diagnosed or if you have been living with the condition for years having Parkinson s at a young age creates very particular issues questions and concerns such as Relationship issues with spouses parents children Accurate and age specific medical information from the experts Common psychological emotional issues

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  • How We Can Help – Parkinson Canada
    to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar About Us Our Mission and Vision Staff Advisory Council Annual Reports Contact Us About Parkinsons What is Parkinson s Information Kits Newly Diagnosed Test your Parkinson s IQ Young Onset Support How We Can Help Local Chapters and Support Groups Stories Library Resource Centre Information en francais Additional Resources Research Research highlights Volunteer for Research National Research Program How to Help How to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar How We Can Help Whether you re seeking specific information on Parkinson s a referral to a local support group or just looking for where to turn we re here to help If you live anywhere in the Maritimes you can call our toll free information and referral line 1 800 663 2468 between Monday and Friday from 9 00 am to 5 00 pm or send us an email psmr parkinsonmaritimes ca with your questions The Toll Free Info Line exists to allow callers the opportunity to speak with a knowledgeable staff member who understands living with Parkinson s and who can offer direction and information SUPPORT IN YOUR COMMUNITY Restigouche

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  • Local Chapters and Support Groups – Parkinson Canada
    Help Model Our groups operate on the self help model with a volunteer facilitator The facilitator is often a person who has been a group member for a time and has agreed to take on a leadership role In many groups the facilitator shares the role with two or three other people who work as a team All group members are strongly encouraged to get involved with the running of their group Our support groups are self sufficient in terms of their expenses You may be asked to donate a dollar or two each month to cover room rental if applicable coffee and photocopying etc Groups usually elect a treasurer to keep track of the group s funds The Challenge of Joining Some find the idea of joining a support group challenging particularily those that are newly diagnosed or those with Young Onset Parkinson s where diagnosis occurs before the age of 50 Many of our groups have members who have had Parkinson s for 10 or more years with advanced symptoms Some people choose to not attend a group out of fear of seeing what might be in their own future If this is your concern consider the following Parkinson s is a unique experience for each person Factors such as the effectiveness of medication and the type and severity of the symptoms will differ from person to person Overall heatlh age and the existence of other conditions can affect a person s strength and ability to cope with Parkinson s Age of onset can make a difference Those diagnosed before 55 may experience a slower progression of Parkinson s but there may also have a more difficult time with medication side effects The ability to exercise and stay active can play a primary role in your ability to

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  • Stories – Parkinson Canada
    I did well No one knew I had Parkinson s until the tremors started getting worse and hiding it was getting too hard My church family are all encouraging but until you live with this slow moving debilitating sometimes embarrassing disease you truly don t get it My movement got progressively slower and the pills were increasing I was getting more discouraged by the day that I couldn t count on the medication working when I wanted it to Finally after many trials and tribulations I was put on the list to have Deep Brain Stimulation DBS surgery About three weeks ago I had my left side done I wasn t hooked up to the battery pack yet as the neurologist wanted to operate on the opposite side of my brain and then connect both sides to the battery pack at one time He felt he had better results doing it this way when a person has Parkinson s on both sides Well this is Friday the 13th of April and I go in for my second surgery on Monday It s an ordeal but the light at the end of the tunnel will be worth it Quality of life is more important to me than quantity My boys will have their mother back my husband will have the person he married back Although I kept a humorous outlook and made life for my family as normal as could be I want my life back and because of wonderful science funded by donations I am getting closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel Sure there were hard times but life is what you make it I was dealt the hand I was given and I AM dealing with it One day at a time one

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  • Library Resource Centre – Parkinson Canada
    Support Groups Stories Library Resource Centre Information en francais Additional Resources Research Research highlights Volunteer for Research National Research Program How to Help How to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar Library Resource Centre Our office is host to two Resource Centres free to all registered members of the Society the newly diagnosed health care providers and friends loved ones of those with Parkinson s one based in Halifax and the Vogue Optical Resource Centre in Charlottetown The Centre is made up of books journals and articles about Parkinson s research drug therapies treatments tips for daily living and more The Centre also maintains a collection of videos that deal with Parkinson s We have a general information kit available to individuals who are newly diagnosed or are just looking for some general information These items are available to the public on loan for a three week period The centre in Halifax is equipped with a public computer and an extensive CD DVD Library It is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm You can borrow publications or videos by contacting our office via our Toll Free Info Line 1 800

    Original URL path: http://parkinsonmaritimes.ca/support/library-resource-centre/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Information en francais – Parkinson Canada
    Young Onset Support How We Can Help Local Chapters and Support Groups Stories Library Resource Centre Information en francais Additional Resources Research Research highlights Volunteer for Research National Research Program How to Help How to get Involved Make a Donation The Power of Ten Events Event Calendar Information en francais Soins pallaiatifs pour les personnes atteintes de la maladie de Parkinson 04 2011 Responses aux questions concernant les travaux de

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