"Parkinson's Disease in the Older Patient, Second Edition" has been fully revised, updated and expanded to include new treatments and entirely new chapters. This authoritative text is written by recognised national specialists in the field and provides accessible, easy-to-read information. The practical and versatile approach comprehensively covers all aspects of treatment, and although it focuses on the older patient, it is also highly relevant for younger patient groups with an emphasis on multidisciplinary assessment and management. Detailed information on the aetiology and pathogenesis of the condition, drug and surgical treatments, sleep disturbances, quality of life and careers is now included, along with the more prevalent older patient issues such as neuropsychiatric disturbances, speech and swallowing problems, balance and falls, and autonomic disturbances. The updates also include new advice on the management and services in primary care, linked to the recent NICE guidelines.With official endorsement from The Parkinson's Disease Academy of the British Geriatrics Society, this new edition is highly recommended for general practitioners, geriatricians, neurologists and psychiatrists. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, and psychologists will also find it invaluable. It is suitable for general and specialist nurses, and will be of great use to researchers with an interest in Parkinson's disease.
Part 1: Background. History of Parkinson’s disease. Aetiology, pathology and pathogenesis. Epidemiology of Parkinson’s disease. Part 2: Diagnosis and Assessment. Diagnosis and differential diagnosis. Assessment and quality of life. Part 3: Non-motor Dysfunction. Neuropsychiatry. Autonomic Dysfunction. Oral problems – speech, diet and oral care. Sleep dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Part 4: Motor Dysfunction. Motor problems in Parkinson’s disease - fluctuations, gait, balance and falls. Driving and safe mobility in Parkinson’s disease. Part 5: Therapy and Management. Organisation of services and health economics. Parkinson’s and the general practitioner. Rehabilitation and the interdisciplinary team. The Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist. Drug therapy. Neurosurgery. Complementary and alternative medicine. Caring for the Carers. Palliative care.