Oct 26, 2013 | Meet Miriam Boelen, known as Mia. She has been a physical therapist since 1978 but she has specialized in the treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease (PWP) since 1990. She gets a gold star from Parkinson’s Women Support for her efforts to bring PD physical therapy resources to the broader community.
Her blog, Physical Therapists for Parkinson’s is unique because it has information you can’t easily find elsewhere. On her site, you’ll find articles about orthostatic hypotension, orthotics, walkers, and an article on how to get out of your car with less difficulty. These subjects address the basic challenges of PD that aren’t covered frequently, but are major tests in the daily lives of PWP.
She has included an article on dual tasking with PD, another article on pedometers and physical therapy including links to different devices for getting out of a bed. There is also a link to pill reminders. If you need to locate a physical therapist in your area, or if you are trying to find out about a particular aspect of PD, take a look at Mia’s blog, because you might find it there.
She has written 2 books: The first one is for health care professionals. It was published in 2009 and titled ”Health Professionals Guide to Physical Management of Parkinson’s Disease.” Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL; ISBN:9780736074926.
The second book was recently published (Feb 2013). It is intended for the person who has Parkinson’s and/or their caregiver. “How to Live Well With Parkinson’s: Advice From A Physical Therapist” ISBN 9781479387083. It is available on Amazon.
Due to her efforts, the Parkinson’s Disease community including caregivers have an easier time finding the resources they need to make living with PD a little more tolerable. We are ever so thankful for Mia, a physical therapist whose care and knowledge has provided an excellent resource to those of us who have Parkinson’s Disease.