Parkinson’s Foundation National Medical Director Co-Authors Guide to Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease

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Living with ParkinsonMIAMI AND NEW YORK – July 30, 2020 – Worldwide, there are more than 10 million people living with Parkinson's disease (PD). In the US alone, approximately one million Americans live with PD and approximately 60,000 more are newly diagnosed each year. The new book “Living with Parkinson's Disease” was published to help people with PD and their families live better with the disease.

Presented in a friendly and easy-to-understand way, this book addresses PD-related issues and symptoms along with emerging therapies. Dr. Michael S. Okun, National Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation offers people with PD the necessary tools to manage their disease. Internationally renowned as both a neurologist and a leading researcher, Dr. Okun has been referred to as "the voice" of people with PD and a world authority on Parkinson's disease.  

About the Authors

Michael Okun, M.D., is considered a world's authority on Parkinson's disease treatment and research. He is currently Executive Director of the Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases, Chair of Neurology at the University of Florida, a Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence and the National Medical Director for the Parkinson's Foundation. His work has been supported by grants from the Parkinson’s Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Parkinson Alliance, the Tourette Association of America and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research. He has written several books including Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life which has been translated into over 20 languages.

Irene A. Malaty, M.D., is a Professor at the University of Florida where she completed a fellowship in movement disorders in 2007. She leads the Parkinson's Foundation Center of Excellence and is the President of the Florida Society of Neurology. She is known for quality, state-of-the-art care of Parkinson's disease, has authored many articles and travels the world lecturing on Parkinson's disease.

Wissam Deeb, M.D., is a Professor at the University of Florida where he completed a fellowship in movement disorders in 2017. He is an expert in Parkinson's disease and in non-motor physiology. He holds a grant from the American Brain Foundation to develop wearable sensors within the clothing of neurological disease patients and is an advocate of patient centered care.

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About the Parkinson’s Foundation 
The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community. For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636).

About Parkinson’s Disease 
Affecting nearly one million Americans and 10 million worldwide, Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s and is the 14th-leading cause of death in the United States. It is associated with a progressive loss of motor control (e.g., shaking or tremor at rest and lack of facial expression), as well as non-motor symptoms (e.g., depression and anxiety). There is no cure for Parkinson’s and 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

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