News From Terre Haute, Indiana

February 20, 2013

Parkinson’s group to focus on teamwork

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Teamwork helps people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease to live a better quality of life.

The importance of that concept will be discussed at Friday’s meeting of the Terre Haute Parkinson’s Support Group. The gathering is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. in Westminster Village, 1120 Davis Dr. It is free and open to the public, and families coping with Parkinson’s are encouraged to attend.

The value of a “multidisciplinary team” assisting a Parkinson’s patient is explained in the book, “Medifocus Guidebook on Parkinson’s Disease.” That team can include a person’s family practitioner, a Parkinson’s specialist, neurosurgeon, urologist, nurse, social worker, physical therapist, occupational therapist and nutritionist, among others, according to the publication.

The team members cope with various symptoms, which include problems with walking, pain, sleep disturbances, constipation, frequent urination, weight loss, drooling, speech problems, depression, shortness of breath and visual disturbances.

Parkinson’s afflicts more than 1 million Americans. No cure is known, but medicines and treatments can delay its progression.

For more information on the support group, contact organizer Loyal Bishop at 812-232-3207.