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Positively Parkinson's

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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.


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 * 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 * 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 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 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 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

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