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Resources for Younger Adults with Parkinson's Disease.

If you work with younger adults with Parkinson's disease (PD) or happen to know someone with the disease, some excellent age-sensitive resources are available. The American Parkinson Disease Association (ADPA) Young Parkinson's Information and Referral Center has been in existence for a number of years and offers a variety of services. In addition to written education materials, such as The Young Parkinson's Handbook, the center supports the PDKIDS and the Person to Person Program. PDKIDS is an e-mail discussion group for children (must be 18 or younger) who have a parent with PD. The Person to Person Program connects younger persons with PD. Both programs are free and can be accessed via the APDA Web site (http://www.apda parkinson.org) or by calling the Young Parkinson's Center at 800/223-9776.

Another Web resource for younger persons is the site for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (http://www. michaeljfox.org). The Web site has not only educational materials but also a section of inspirational writings and contributions by people living with PD, both in prose and poetry.
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Author:Habermann, Barbara
Publication:Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2001
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