With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson's Disease in America's Heartland by Samantha SolimeoWith Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson's Disease in America's Heartland by Samantha Solimeo

With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson's Disease in America's Heartland

bySamantha Solimeo

Paperback | June 4, 2009

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Far from celebrity media spotlight, ordinary individuals, many older and less advantaged, suffer the disabling pain of Parkinson's disease (PD), an illness whose progressive symptoms often mimic old age and cause mobility impairment, communication barriers, and social isolation.

At the heart of With Shaking Hands is the account of elder Americans in rural Iowa who have been diagnosed with PD. With a focus on the impact of chronic illness on an aging population, Samantha Solimeo combines clear and accessible prose with qualitative and quantitative research to demonstrate how PD accelerates, mediates, and obscures patterns of aging. She explores how ideas of what to expect in older age influence and direct interpretations of one's body.

This sensitive and groundbreaking work unites theories of disease with modern conceptions of the body in biological and social terms. PD, like other chronic disorders, presents a special case of embodiment which challenge our thinking about how such diseases should be researched and how they are experienced.

Samantha Solimeo is a Health Research Science Specialist at the Center for Research in the Implementation of Innovative Strategies in Practice at the Iowa City VA Medical Center.
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Title:With Shaking Hands: Aging with Parkinson's Disease in America's HeartlandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 4, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Becoming Old, Becoming Sick
Tell the Guys at the Coffee Shop That I'm Seeing My Anthropologist
It Takes a Little While to Find Out for Sure
It's a Nasty, Hiding Disease
I'm a Little Disappointed in That I Don't Know What to Blame It On
I Don't Know What's Worse-Parkinson's Disease or the Medications
It Gets Worse
I Am More of the Parent Than a Wife
Conclusion: Aging, Embodiment, and Conditions
Appendix A: Interview Participants
Appendix B: Parkinson's Disease Resources

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"A richly detailed and touching ethnographic portrayal of the experiences of elderly people with Parkinson's disease. It is pertinent reading for researchers and clinicians as well as students, especially but not exclusively those in medical anthropology."