One of the benefits of attending scientific conferences on Parkinson's Disease is that you learn of new FREE resources available to persons with PD and their families. The European Parkinsons Disease Association (www.epda.eu.com
) handed out a couple of its new resources. One such resource was a booklet called ďLife with Parkinsons DiseaseĒ . The booklet is written in readable type and prose and is filled with facts and information for patients and their families. Everything receives some coverage from the basic symptoms of PD to treatment and side effects of treatment to where to find more information. Real life cases and stories are presented. Also available from the EPDA is a CD called coping strategies. The CD has more than a dozen symptom categories and then short films on how people might cope with that particular symptom. For example, Sheila from the UK found that she could overcome some walking and freezing problems when she noticed stripes on a ramp or sidewalk. She could use the stripes or any other salient marks on the pavement as targets to shoot for when trying to walk smoothly. To obtain these and similar freebies just call or email to the EPDA (email address above). It should be noted that all of the American PD organizations also have free booklets and other tools for patients and their families. The more information you can gather about the challenges of PD the better the chances that you or someone in your family will develop better coping strategies. Information is power.