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Learn more about Parkinson's and managing disease with these books, products and organizations, suggested by our community.

  • The cover of Michael J. Fox's book No Time Like the Future

    No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality

    Michael J. Fox

    In his fourth memoir published in 2020, Michael uses his trademark sense of humor to share personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality.

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  • Book cover of "Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist" by Michael J. Fox.

    Always Looking Up

    Michael J. Fox

    There are many words to describe Michael J. Fox. Actor. Husband. Father. Activist. But readers of Always Looking Up will soon add another to the list: Optimist. Michael writes about the hard-won perspective that helped him see challenges as opportunities.

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  • Cover of book "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future" by Michael J. Fox.

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

    Michael J. Fox

    Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when life goes skidding sideways.

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  • Book cover of "Lucky Man" by Michael J. Fox.

    Lucky Man

    Michael J. Fox

    Combining his trademark ironic sensibility and keen sense of the absurd, he recounts his life -- from his childhood in a small town in western Canada to his meteoric rise in film and television which made him a worldwide celebrity.

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    The PD Movers - We Keep Moving Storybook

    Supported by Columbia University Irving Institute for Translational Science

    The PD Movers - We Keep Moving storybook is a compilation of narratives of African American and Black individuals and caregivers who are living and thriving with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Supported by Columbia University Irving Institute for Translational Science, the authors hope these stories will educate others by removing the mysteries and misconceptions of PD and provide useful resources regarding diagnosis and treatment to allow others to thrive with the disease.

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    A Son’s Journey from Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver to Advocate

    George M. Ackerman, PhD

    Written by George M. Ackerman, PhD, MJFF community member and Founder of Together for Sharon, comes a personal memoir: A Son’s Journey from Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver to Advocate. The book recounts the journey of Dr. Ackerman's mother Sharon Riff Ackerman through a heartfelt recollection of the beginnings of her Parkinson’s disease symptoms and his learnings as a caregiver to support her. To learn more about their story, click the link to access the book. 

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    Parkinson's: How to Reduce Symptoms Through Exercise

    Kristine Meldrum, BA, ACE, Jay Alberts, PhD, Daniel M. Corcos, PhD

    Written by leading Parkinson’s experts Kristine Meldrum, BA, ACE, Jay Alberts, PhD, and Daniel M. Corcos, PhD, comes an informative and engaging new book: Parkinson's: How to Reduce Symptoms Through Exercise. This book gives instructions, based on scientific studies and the authors’ recommendations, on how to make your own “PD Exercise Cocktail Plan™.” The many detailed chapters and appendixes will also be a resource to guide you and your family throughout your PD journey.

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  • Not Afraid to Fall

    Not Afraid to Fall

    Brian Hall

    A book chronicling the life of Brian Hall, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease (PD) since 1976. His symptoms first appeared at 14 years old, and it took another 14 years for him to be diagnosed. After a 20 year history of taking PD medication, Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery was his only option. DBS proved so successful that Brian was able to discontinue his medications for PD. He remains medication free and has been for the last 16 years. Since DBS, Brian took control of his health through diet, exercise and cycling, achieving things he never thought possible. His book details how Parkinson’s impacted his life and how he has learned to deal with his pain.

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    Great Speech

    Great Speech, a leader in virtual speech therapy, offers incredible support to individuals with Parkinson’s. Through Great Speech, you can receive speech therapy from the comfort of your own home – eliminating travel. Great Speech has a team of 200+ licensed speech and language pathologists who are experienced in helping clients improve vocal cord control, reduce aspiration, and increase speech volume -- Improving communication skills for individuals with Parkinson’s. Additionally, Great Speech is in- network with numerous Medicare Advantage and commercial insurance plans.

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  • Cover of the book of My Nana Has Parkinson's

    My Nana Has Parkinson's

    Trisha Hassler

    This is an illustrated children’s book about a grandmother with Parkinson’s disease. It is very accessible and aimed at helping kids understand what it means for them when a family member is diagnosed.

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