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Rehabilitation and Parkinson's Disease 2013

Parkinson s Disease
Hindawi Publishing Corporation
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DOI: 10.1155/2013/506375
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Hindawi Publishing Corporation Parkinson’s Disease Volume 2013, Article ID 506375, 1 page Editorial Rehabilitation and Parkinson’s Disease 2013 Gammon M. Earhart,1 Leland E. Dibble,2 Terry Ellis,3 and Alice Nieuwboer4 1 Program in Physical Therapy, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Department of Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA 2Department of Physical Therapy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, USA 3Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA 4Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 3001 Leuven, Belgium Correspondence should be addressed to Gammon M. Earhart; [email protected] Received 8 July 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013 Copyright © 2013 Gammon M. Earhart et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neu- rodegenerative disorder, and increasing age is a major risk factor for development of PD. As such, PD is expected to become increasingly prevalent in coming years as the aged population grows in number. PD is typically treated with pharmacological and sometimes surgical approaches, but these treatments do not adequately address many aspects of the disease. As such, rehabilitation may play a key role in the management of PD.Thenine articles in this special issue illus- trate the broad spectrum of important rehabilitation issues for people with PD. M. H. Nilsson et al. report relationships between health and housing in very old individuals with PD, examining the impact of environmental barriers and accessibility problems on daily life. A. Letanneux et al. focus on the psychosocial impact of speech impairment in PD, presenting a French version of the

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