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Living With Parkinson's Disease: A Case Study

Case Study by Erica Kaufman Subject: HK

Erica Kaufman

on 15 April 2010

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HK is an 82 year old man who has Parkinson's Disease
HK currently walks while holding a cane but does not place it on the ground for balance
He lives at home with his wife and is very independent. He requires assistance with bending down, putting on shoes and socks, and getting in and out of the car.
HK currently lives in a one story house in Florida and spends most of his time going out to eat, spending time with his friends, playing cards, sitting at home.
Due to his lack of mobility, he travels by car everywhere he goes.

What is Parkinson's Disease?
According to the National Parkinson Foundation, "Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people" (NPF, 2010).
The four main motor symptoms of Parkinson's Disease include:
-Slowness of Movement
-Stiffness or rigidity of arms, legs, or trunk
-Trouble with balance and possibly falls Current IT being used:

Adjustable height aluminum cane-HK walks with the cane in his hand but only puts the cane on the ground when he needs to catch his balance Interview with HK:
What is your most difficult task to complete independently throughout the day?
-Walking is the most difficult task

What time of the day is the most difficult for you to move around independently?
-The afternoon (around 12:00pm). By that time, I need to replenish my medication, dopamine. In the afternoon I have more difficulty walking.

What are some weaknesses you exprience with your current AT (Aluminum cane)?
-It doesn't provide enough stability.

What are some strengths of your current AT?
-The cane is lightweight, it is easy to carry, and it's transportable. Who is HK? Living With Parkinson's Disease: A Case Study about HK
Presented by Erica Kaufman What Is The Perfect Fit? To help with walking (HK's major difficulty):
Lightweight Travel Walker-This will help with HKs mobility and balance. Due to support from the legs of the walker, he will have more stability with this device.
Since HK travels in the car a lot, it is important for his new AT to be compact and easy to maneuver out of the car. A foldable walker would be perfect for his lifestyle. Other Devices That Will Help HK During the Day Shoe Remover-This will help HK become more independent. He will not need help bending down to take his shoes off at the end of the day. A more detailed description can be found at http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=159277&ksectionid=0&productid=188662&trail=22,11860,12167&discontinued=0 Reacher-designed to lift heavy objects without bending. This will help HK when he drops something on the ground or needs to pick something up. This device will also help him become more independent. A more detailed description can be found at http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=19327&top=12506&ksectionid=0&productid=75463&trail=22,11860&discontinued=0
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