The third and final part of the Life with Parkinson's campaign addresses the necessity of an accurate diagnosis and demonstrates the importance of the right treatment for the right person at the right time. The guide, written by Parkinson's disease experts, provides practical advice for addressing the full range of challenges PwPs, their carers and healthcare professionals face. The booklet includes advice to assist early detection of Parkinson's symptoms, as well as coping strategies for PwPs and their families. In addition, specific solutions are suggested for common problems; for example, a 'symptoms diary' completed by PwPs may help healthcare professionals identify the early signs of 'wearing off', a major problem in Parkinson's.
" This booklet is an invaluable tool, filled with practical information for people with Parkinson's, their families and all healthcare professionals involved in their care and management, " said EPDA vice-president Susanna Lindvall. " The EPDA is very proud of the Life with Parkinson ' s awareness campaign. We urge healthcare professionals and patient organisations to use and share this booklet as widely as possible as it offers several solutions to the many challenges that face people living with the disease. "
The Amsterdam 20 th anniversary weekend - " the ultimate EPDA occasion", according to Lindvall - kicked off on Friday 28 September with the first ever European Unity Walk, which saw over 1,000 EPDA supporters and friends, including hundreds of PwPs and their family supporters, taking part in an awareness-raising walk through the city. The following day the EPDA held its anniversary conference, which brought together PwPs and their family supporters, European Parkinson's organisations, patient groups, healthcare professionals and representatives from the treatment industry to share knowledge and expertise and discuss the latest Parkinson's-related news and discoveries.
Life with Parkinson's Part 3 was supported by an unrestricted educational grant and writing support provided by Teva Europe and Lundbeck LtdTo download a copy of Life with Parkinson's Part 3 and to learn more about the Life with Parkinson's campaign, please visit http://www.epda.eu.com. To find out more about the first ever European Unity Walk, please see its dedicated website: http://www.europeanunitywalk.com. Notes to Editors Parkinson ' s disease Parkinson's is a progressive, chronic and complex neurodegenerative disease that has no cure. It affects all aspects of daily living and is the most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease. The effects of Parkinson's invariably involve the physical, cognitive and psychological domains, and impact across nearly every cultural, social and economic boundary.