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Positively Parkinson's

Symptoms and Diagnosis, Research and Treatment, Advice and Support

By Ann Andrews, Barry Snow (Foreword by)

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Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Other Information: 4 black and white line drawings
Published In: United Kingdom, 15 May 2013
Informative, practical and uplifting, this is a book for anyone with Parkinson's and for those who care for and support them. It contains answers to almost any question you might ask about Parkinson's, from symptoms and diagnosis to the latest treatments and therapies, as well as the most recent medical research into stem cells and gene therapy. Drawing on her own experience of Parkinson's as well as that of others, Ann Andrews offers accessible advice on how to cope with the impact of Parkinson's on everything from employment, finance and relationships, to exercise, diet and self-care. The resulting combination of the practical and the personal sets this book apart from others on the same topic. Thoroughly researched and perceptively written, this is an empowering resource for anyone needing to adjust their life to Parkinson's.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr Barry Snow. Introduction. 1. What is Parkinson's? 2. Primary Symptoms and Diagnosis. 3. Early-onset Parkinson's. 4. Going Public. 5. Secondary Symptoms and How to Manage Them. 6. Medication Options. 7. New Treatments. 8. Employment and Work. 9. Coming to Terms with Parkinson's. 10. Changing Relationships, Changing Friendships. 11. Developing Your Exercise Programme. 12. Taking Control, Taking Care. 13. Relaxation. 14. Diet and Dietary Supplements. 15. Getting on with Parkinson's. Acknowledgements. References. Useful Websites. Glossary. Index.

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Informative, practical and uplifting, this is a book for anyone with Parkinson's and for those who care for and support them

About the Author

Ann Andrews has worked as a television and theatre producer, researcher, teacher and crisis counsellor. She was diagnosed with Parkinson's in her fifties. Positively Parkinson's is the book she would like to have read at that critical time. Ann lives in New Zealand.


Ann has her own story of Parkinson's, and here she has also gathered the stories of others. Each is important, each is relevant and each deserves to be heard. My congratulations to Ann for taking on this task. I hope everyone values reading this book as much as I have. -- from the foreword by Dr Barry Snow, Neurologist An interesting and informative book as the author... who has Parkinson's disease. She includes her own experiences of living with the long term condition and the experiences of other people with Parkinson's... Ann Andrews has done much research into the pathology of the disease and having experience of it herself, she manages to give quite an in-depth account... A great book with many strengths such as the informative lived accounts from contributors and the exercises Ann recommends to help people with Parkinson's keep fit. As this book is written by someone living with the disease, I think it is a really important book to read as to be patient-centred healthcare professionals, we need to listen to our patients. -- Clare Dixon, Student Nurse at the University of York * Nursing * I tell people who ask me about Parkinson's that it isn't the end of the world. You have to adapt your life to it. Everyone who has Parkinson's should read this book. It should be their bible. It's inspiring, reassuring and easy to follow. -- Sir John Walker, Olympic Champion Ann Andrews presents this serious and often overwhelming subject in an informative and engaging way, with warmth and good humour. Her insights into her personal journey with Parkinson's are generous in their honesty and sensitivity. -- Deirdre O'Sullivan, CEO Parkinson's New Zealand Until medical science finds a cure, people with Parkinson's have to learn how to cope with the disease, and this book will help. It is a must-read for anyone with Parkinson's and for their family and friends. -- Max Ritchie, Executive Director Neurological Foundation of New Zealand This book is primarily written from the perspective of a person with Parkinson's disease and also contains short accounts of the experiences of others. It provides a clear explanation of the symptoms that can occur, the impact that they can have on everyday life, practical advise on how to cope, and information on a range of topics including exercise, diet, managing relationships, and how to access a variety of support... The book is easy to read, with short chapters containing clear information, and can be read in short blocks. Although aimed at patients, this book is a useful resource for therapists who want to improve their knowledge of Parkinson's disease and the impact that it can have on an individual's functional ability and lifestyle. -- Vicky Carr, Knowsley Community Therapy Team Manager * British Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2014 *

EAN: 9781849054119
ISBN: 1849054118
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 centimetres (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Diana on
This book is a valuable aid to anyone facing the difficulties of Parkinson's Disease, whether a sufferer or carer. Ann Andrews has coped with Parkinson's for many years and has remained an achiever in a number of fields. Her writing is straightforward and "pulls no punches". She writes from personal experience and that's highly valuable in this type of book. It is in fact a manual for those coping with Parkinson's Disease and allied conditions. For New Zealanders, it is helpful in explaining the assistance that can be sought from local agencies.
I recommend this book as a specialist manual; it is certainly positive and practical as well as being well-written and properly researched.
Wendy on
This Book arrived on time and in good condition. My husband has Parkinson's Disease and this book was very informative and helpful, it gave us both an insight into the various symptoms, side effects of various medications and a feeling that this was not something which was unusual and the confidence that many people suffer from it both partners and patient. It was a great read and a great help.

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