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Suggested Education Essentials

Suggested Education Essentials for Veterans Newly Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease

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I. Overview of PD

A. Parkinson Disease Handbook (APDA) booklet

B. What You and Your Family Should Know booklet and 2) How to Live Well with Parkinson’s Disease booklet

C. PDF Introductory Packet (PDF) booklet

D. Every Victory Counts manual/program Essential Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness with PD (Davis Phinney Foundation)

II. Exercise

A. Be Active: An Exercise Program for People with PD (APDA) booklet

B. Fitness Counts (NPF) booklet

C. The Importance of Physical Therapy and Exercise for People with Parkinson’s Disease (PDF) factsheet

D. Exercise and Physical Activity Your Everyday Guide booklet (National Institute on Aging) or call (800) 222-2225

E. Motivating Moves for People with PD DVD

F. Parkinson’s Disease and the Art of Moving DVD/book and Activities of Daily Living
DVD by John Argue or call (510) 985-2645

G. Delay the Disease, Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease DVD/book by David Zid

H. Yoga for Movement Disorders: Rebuilding Strength, Balance and Flexibility for Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia book by Renee Le Verrier

I. LSVT BIG physical/occupational therapy and LSVT Loud speech therapy – Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Rehabilitation Therapy for People with PD

III. Medications

A. Medications (NPF) booklet

B. Medications Approved for the Treatment of PD in the USA fact sheet and Medications to Avoid fact sheet (APDA)

IV. Nutrition

A. Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease: What Matters Most (PDF) factsheet

B. Nutrition Matters (NPF) booklet

C. Good Nutrition in Parkinson’s Disease (APDA) booklet

D. Cook Well, Stay Well with Parkinson’s Disease book, and Eat Well, Stay Well with Parkinson’s Disease book, and Parkinson’s Disease and Constipation audio cassette or CD/guide by Kathrynne Holden RD, MS

V. Organizations

A. American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA): (800) 223-2732

B. National Parkinson Foundation (NPF): (800) 327-4545

C. Parkinson Disease Foundation (PDF): (800) 457-6676

D. Davis Phinney Foundation: (866) 358-0285

E. Michael J. Fox Foundation (800) 708-7644

F. Parkinson’s Association (877) 737-7576 (California Area)