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Aging With a Progressive Neurologic Disease

Rehabilitation Management of the Adult Aging With Parkinson Disease or Multiple Sclerosis

Karpatkin, Herb DSc, PT, NCS, MSCS; Cohen, Evan PhD, MA, PT, NCS

doi: 10.1097/TGR.0000000000000232
Aging With a Progressive Neurologic Disease
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The confluence of an aging population and increasing life expectancy of people with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson disease and multiple sclerosis means that there is a growing segment of the population who are aging with a neurodegenerative disease. As such, rehabilitation professionals must be prepared for the combined challenges of age- and disease-related changes in physical function. First, a review of age- and disease-related problems experienced by older adults with Parkinson disease or multiple sclerosis will be presented, followed by a description of clinical practices that might be implemented by rehabilitation professionals to best address the problems experienced by these unique populations.

Physical Therapy Program, Hunter College—City University of New York, New York (Dr Karpatkin); and Physical Therapy Program—South, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—School of Health Professions, Blackwood (Dr Cohen).

Correspondence: Evan Cohen, PhD, MA, PT, NCS, Physical Therapy Program—South, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey—School of Health Professions, 200 College Dr, PO Box 200, Jefferson Hall, Ste 308, Blackwood, NJ 08012 (cohenet@shp.rutgers.edu).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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