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Virtual Parkinson Disease Library for Patients, Caregivers, Nurses

April 18, 2018

In case you haven’t heard, April is Parkinson Disease Awareness month. A recent article in the Washington Post served to remind health care professionals and patients alike that, while there may be no cure, there are many resources available to help with Parkinson disease (PD) symptom management (April 2, 2018).

Maintained by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, their “PD Library” has a wealth of informational, supportive, and instructional resources that will educate anyone interested in the disease.

But medical professionals may also want to utilize these resources. For example, there are videos of webcasts for nurses who care for patients with PD and for caregivers who need help with such things as engaging patients in their own care and administering medication. One helpful tool on the site is a series of slides from expert briefings. There are free booklets, as well, on common problems such as sleep and psychosis.

Other practical resources include slides, videos, and commentaries with topics and titles like the following:

  • Expert Briefings: Getting Around: Transportation and Travel with PD
  • Dr James Beck Discusses FDA Approval of RYTARY for Parkinson's Disease
  • Nurse Webinars: Interdisciplinary Education on Parkinson's Disease
  • New Levodopa Delivery Methods for Parkinson’s

To help patients, family members, or clinicians find what they need, the PD Library website offers a search function and also a list of the most read articles, and there is a print-friendly option so care professionals can easily print out resources and share them in daily practice.

—Amanda Del Signore

For more Annals of Long-Term Care articles, visit the homepage

To view the Annals of Long-Term Care print issue, click here

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