One of the powerful concepts to emerge in healthcare over the past decade is health confidence. Health confidence is the confidence that you can control and manage most of your health problems, according to Dartmouth College health policy professor John Wasson. People with high health confidence are significantly less likely to be hospitalized long-term, fear their medication or feel like they were harmed by their disease versus similar people with low confidence.
“Sexual health is the fundamental right of each person to enjoy and control his/her sexual and reproductive behavior in accordance with social and personal ethics,” states the World Health Organization, 2004. The Tel Aviv movement disorders center, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence believes in helping their patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in all facets of life, including sexual health.
Three out of four people with Parkinson's disease (PD) do not get their medications on time when hospitalized, according to a National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) research study. As a result, 61 percent of those patients develop serious complications. In 2011, the Struthers Parkinson's Center, a Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence, decided to change these statistics.
This blog is the third in a series detailing the roles of each member of a comprehensive care team.
People with complex, chronic illnesses such as Parkinson's benefit from an interdisciplinary health care team. Collaboration by various health care providers can lead to more individualized treatment, a specialized care plan and, ultimately, better quality of life.
It is difficult to provide broad, yet helpful occupational therapy tips for Parkinson’s disease (PD). As the saying goes, “When you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease, you have met one person with Parkinson’s disease.” The best tip I can give you as an occupational therapist is to find and regularly see an occupational therapist in your area who specializes in skilled therapy treatment for people with Parkinson’s.
People with Parkinson's who seek expert care have better outcomes. They are at a lower risk of complications, have a better quality of life and even live longer. In fact, each year in the U.S. alone, neurologist care saves about 4,600 lives, and better access to this care could prevent the deaths of another 7,000 people with Parkinson's.
NPF’s Centers of Excellence exemplify our clinical think-tank: a group of the world’s leading Parkinson’s specialists focused on changing the course of Parkinson’s disease. Forty-two leading medical centers worldwide –