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    Individual people with Parkinson's need individualized treatment and care. These brief and to-the-point articles offer important information and helpful tips.

    Treatment

    Parkinson's disease can't be cured, but it can be treated. Learn more from this easy-to-read overview.

    Home care is essential for a Parkinson's patient. Click here to read this important overview.

    Medication can greatly relieve many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Click here for an overview.

    There are surgical options for Parkinson's disease. Click here for information.

    There's more to treating Parkinson's disease than drugs and surgery. Click here to learn more.

    Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that uses positive mental images to influence how you feel.

    Dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be severely limiting symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Both can be helped by seeing a speech pathologist or speech therapist.

    The symptoms of Parkinson's disease may cause you to move more slowly. You may also feel tightness, pain, and weakness, especially in the muscles and joints. Physical and occupational therapy may help with these symptoms.

    While gamma knife is not as effective as deep brain stimulation, it does offer another treatment option for some.

    Deep brain stimulation (or DBS) is a way to inactivate parts of the brain that cause Parkinson's disease and its associated symptoms without purposefully destroying the brain.

    Should you participate in a clinical trial for Parkinson's Disease patients?

    Learn about treatments that are new or being tested.

    Care

    You are a caregiver. The role you have taken on is not an easy one. The following tips offer some guidance on how you can help your loved one.

    Assisted living is a type of housing for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. Living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments, or shared quarters.

    Long-term care offers a vast range of medical, personal, and social services that are required to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of people who have long-term illnesses or are disabled by Parkinson's disease.

    Long-term financial planning is important for everyone -- but it is essential if you are coping with the expense of a chronic illness, such as Parkinson's disease.

    When you're a caregiver for someone with Parkinson's disease, some days you'll need to help him with daily tasks. Other days you just need to give him enough time to do them on his own. This checklist can make life easier for both of you.

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