Booklet Outlines Other Symptoms of Parkinson’s

A new Canadian booklet is attempting to educate people with Parkinson’s disease about non-motor symptoms such as cognitive impairment, sleep problems and compulsive behaviors. “A Guide to the Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease” also talks about treatments and strategies to manage these symptoms.

The Parkinson Society Canada and CIHR Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction have collaborated to produce the 50-page booklet, which is available in English and French.

Citing examples of non-motor symptoms, Dr. Ronald Postuma, the booklet’s author and a researcher in neurosciences at Montreal’s Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, says, "Many patients do not realize that urinary problems, constipation, insomnia and other symptoms are linked to Parkinson's disease. As a result, they go untreated."

The booklet also provides a non-motor symptoms questionnaire to record symptoms to discuss later with a physician.

Get the guide here.