Your Guide to Parkinson's Resources

The VitalStim® Therapy System is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. Often times, insurance and Medicare will cover all or part of the cost for the treatment of swallowing dysfunction provided the treatment is medically necessary and delivered by a qualified professional. Visit their website to learn more about the treatment or find a qualified professional near you.

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Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)®

6890 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 120 241
Tucson, AZ 85750
(888) 438-5788
http://www.lsvtglobal.com

The LSVT ® LOUD and LSVT® BIG are intensive behavioral treatment programs developed specifically for people with Parkinson's disease. One of the major goals of LSVT® LOUD is improving vocal loudness, but often, improvements in speech clarity and breathing result. LSVT® BIG focuses on retraining limb movements to improve speed and balance. This Web site can be used to find providers certified in this program as well as FREE informational lectures scheduled around the country.
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Ellis Neurological Voice Treatment Foundation

P. O. Box 642
Louisville, CO 80027
(303) 604-3280

The Ellis Neurological Voice Treatment Foundation is committed to the education about and treatment of neurological speech and voice disorders. This foundation maintains a directory of certified SLPs trained in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment for Parkinson's disease.
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This is the first national Rehabilitation Resource Center offers callers the opportunity to speak with a licensed physical therapist who can answer questions about exercise, provide information about PD-specific programs or providers in your area, and provide educational materials. This resource may also be utilized by healthcare professionals to address specific questions about managing Parkinson's disease symptoms through exercise and rehabilitation interventions.
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American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(800) 999-2782
http://www.apta.org

A physical therapist can help you achieve and maintain mobility and quality of life. The APTA Web site has a link to help you locate a physical therapist in your area. You will want to contact each professional and find out if they have any specialized training or experience in working with people with Parkinson's disease.
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Your local Information and Referral Center Coordinator can provide you with referrals and make sure you know about the educational and support activities available in your community. 

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