ParkinsonVoice Fall 2013 - Volume 5, Issue 3

FALL 2013 Volume 5, Issue 3

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Parkinson Voice Enhancing Lives, Connecting Communities

Welcome to the CarePartner Casa Welcome to the first edition of the CarePartner Casa - a column committed to conversations about caregiving. As a care partner, you no doubt have questions about the journey of caregiving. Perhaps you need reassurance that your feelings and concerns are “normal.”Maybe you just need a few moments to breathe, to reflect, and to relax. Or, are you seeking information and resources related to caregiving? Regardless of your situation, I invite you to enjoy a cup of coffee or hot tea as we chat about the important aspects of caregiving and care receiving. Please, make yourself “at home”when reading the CarePartner Casa. By JaneBarton,MTS,MASM, CSA

NonMotor Symptoms inParkinson’s Disease ByDr. Aaron Haug, BlueSkyNeurology

It can be overwhelming to see all of these symptoms listed one after the other, but it is important for PWP and their loved ones to be aware of these symptoms so that treatments can be considered. Sleep Symptoms REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) Normally, a person’s body is paralyzed during sleep. In some PWP this safety mechanism is lost, and they can unknowingly act out their dreams. This is often noted by the bed partner as kicking or punching behavior. Treatment with clonazepam, a benzodiazepine, can be very effective.

Because tremors are the most obvious symptom for many PWP, it can sometimes remain the center of attention for too long. While tremor and other motor symptoms and should be treated optimally, it is often the nonmotor symptoms of PD that cause a significant portion of the discomfort and disability for PWP. Nonmotor symptoms can affect a wide range of bodily functions. This two-part article will present some of the most common symptoms and their treatments. Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms! certainly can cause functional disability

It is often the resting tremor that first brings Parkinson’s disease (PD) to someone’s attention. It may be that people with Parkinson’s (PWP) ask their physicians about it, or their physicians may be the first to notice it, but resting tremor is typically the symptom that leads to the diagnosis of PD.

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Pain in Parkinson’s Dr. SethKareus

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Care Partners KirkHall

Colorado Support Groups

NonMotor Symptoms Dr. AaronHaug

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