Resources

Here are some key sources that may assist you in discovering more about Parkinson’s disease. While this information may be helpful, it does not replace the importance of an appointment with a physician.

 

 
 
MUSIC’S ROLE IN THE PARKINSON’S JOURNEY – by Tami Briggs (PDF)

SECRETS OF SUCCESS WITH PARKINSON’S – by John Baumann (PDF)

WHAT IS LSVT LOUD™? (PDF)
 

Parkinson’s disease: knowing the signs

Several questionnaires and research tools have been developed to help professionals determine whether a person has Parkinson’s disease. Sometimes these sorts of questions will be asked:

  1. Has your handwriting become smaller?
  2. Do you have trouble getting out of a chair?
  3. Do people say they cannot hear you because your voice is softer?
  4. Do you ever seem to be stuck to the floor?
  5. Do people notice that you are not showing facial expressions?
  6. Do your hands or legs shake?
  7. Do you have difficulty dressing?
  8. Do you shuffle your feet when you walk?
  9. Do you take tiny steps when you walk?
  10. Is your balance poor?
  11. Has anyone ever asked you if you have Parkinson’s disease?
  12. Have you ever taken L-dopa, Levodopa, or Sinemet?

Here are some of the other questionnaires that are used by healthcare professionals in assessing symptoms and consequences:

Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS)

All About Parkinson’s disease

Vocabulary

Glossary of Terms (NPF website)

Get Answers to Your Questions!

Ask the Expert (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website)
NPF Discussion Center (Ask the Doctor, Ask the Pharmacist, Ask the Dietitian, etc.)

Phone the NPF Helpline (1-800-473-4636).

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