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Caregiver Corner: Finding an Occupational Therapist for Your Loved One… and You!

Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Author: 
Charissa Richter, MOTR, and Jana Underhill

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.  

The Expert Care Experience: Parkinson’s and Meaningful Occupations

Date: 
Friday, May 20, 2016
Author: 
Nathan B. Herz, OTD, MBA, OTR/L, CEAS

This blog is the second in a series detailing the roles of each member of a comprehensive care team. Read the first post on social work hereLearn more about the healthcare professionals that are part of a comprehensive care team and how you can put your care team together today.

The Expert Care Experience: The role of a social worker in caring for someone with Parkinson’s disease

Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2016
Author: 
Jessica Shurer, LCSW

This blog is the first in a series detailing the roles of each member of a comprehensive care team. Read the second post on occupational therapy hereLearn more about the healthcare professionals that are part of a comprehensive care team and how you can put your care team together today.

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What's Hot in PD? Neurologist Care Reduces Hospitalizations in Parkinson’s Disease

Date: 
Monday, December 3, 2012
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

In the October issue of the journal Neurology, Willis and colleagues addressed the impact neurologist care has on hospitalization. Willis and colleagues recently reported in another paper that the involvement of a neurologist in the care of Parkinson’s disease patients reduced morbidity, decreased nursing home placement, and improved overall survival. The researchers examined Medicare beneficiaries over a four year period, and identified those with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

What's Hot in PD? The Case for All Parkinson’s Disease Patients to be Co-managed by a Primary Care-Neurologist Team

Date: 
Monday, October 3, 2011
Author: 
Dr. Michael S. Okun

One of the most common questions we hear from patients is, “what can I do to be sure I am getting the best possible treatment for my Parkinson’s disease?” Most doctors focus on treatment-based recommendations (e.g. drugs, exercise, diet, etc.). The initial answer to this patient question should probably simply be “make sure you are co-managed by both a neurologist and a primary care physician.”