Parkinson's Update - April 2013 - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Published on April 18, 2013

April 2013 Update:
Parkinson's Disease

Care for Parkinson's

Parkinson's Care at RICParkinson’s disease may be a degenerative disorder, but it does not have to have a steady, uncontrolled progression.

RIC’s Center for Parkinson’s Rehabilitation spans the full spectrum of care and can help individuals live fuller, more active lives.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease—tremors, slow movements, a soft voice and fear of falling, among others—can greatly affect the individual as well as the family members and caregivers involved.

RIC goes beyond medication and surgical options to help advance ability™ when it comes to the activities individuals need and want to continue as long as possible. With a full range of services offered in the inpatient, DayRehabilitation™ and outpatient settings, physicians, nurses, therapists and other experts dedicated to Parkinson’s treatment work with patients to address the symptoms they experience and help them live their best life possible.

Physical therapists help them improve coordination, balance, walking and posture. Occupational therapists help Parkinson’s patients maintain and improve their ability in self-care, work and leisure activities as well as handwriting – a common concern for those living with Parkinson’s.

See Regena Guinhawa’s patient story of advanced ability with Parkinson’s at RIC.

RIC’s speech therapists work to help individuals increase their volume, offering both the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) “Big” and “Loud” programs as well was the integrated “Big and Loud” program.

Further services available from related professionals and support through the RIC LIFE Center round out the resources RIC offers to those living with Parkinson’s as well as their caregivers and loved ones.

Research for Parkinson's

Parkinson's Research at RICResearch at RIC translates immediately to improved function, better outcomes and enhanced ability for individuals living with Parkinson’s disease.

RIC is dedicated to improving quality of life for individuals and their families.

Advances in Parkinson’s research at RIC have led to advances in ability for Parkinson’s patients. In one study, Parkinson’s patients were outfitted with mobile phones, and built-in sensors tracked their movements—information doctors can use to identify trends in a patient’s activities. The doctor could then adjust treatment, and the phone could measure improvement in the patient’s daily life.

This is further described in Regena Guinhawa’s patient story.

Researchers at RIC also are investigating the progress Parkinson’s patients make and sustain as a result of inpatient rehabilitation, and investigators have recently completed a study of the effects of videogame training in stroke survivors and those with Parkinson’s.

A current study of dance for adults with Parkinson’s disease is currently accepting participants.

Education for Parkinson's

Parkinson's Awareness at RICParkinson's Education at RICIn honor of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, RIC is hosting a community event Tuesday, April 23, in the flagship hospital, 345 E Superior St. in Chicago.

Attendees can gather information in the lobby displays, and hear both experts and Parkinson’s patients discuss current topics in Parkinson’s treatment in an upstairs meeting room.

See the entire program for the FREE "Parkinson's Disease Resource Fair 2013" (April 23) on RIC's LIFE Center website

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About the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) is the nation’s leading provider of comprehensive physical medicine and rehabilitation care to patients from around the world. Founded in 1953, RIC has been designated the “No. 1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America” by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1991. RIC sets the standard of care in the post-acute market through its innovative applied research and discovery programs, particularly in the areas of neuroscience, bionic medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and technology transfer. The AbilityLab — RIC’s new, state-of-the-art research hospital, will open in March 2017. 

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