Health & Wellness

Boomer Edition | 10th Annual | 2014

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Making Life Golden Again Brain-Stimulating Surgery Gives Some Patients Back Their Quality of Life Stories by Debra Melani Gayle Schendzielos holds a steady finger for the first time in years during Deep Brain Stimulation surgery at Swedish Medical Center. Movement disorders can steal people's quality of life, often at a gradual pace, leaving their retirement years far from "golden." As these diseases progress, jobs are lost, hobbies forgotten, and relationships strained. Parkinson's disease and Essential Tremor are just two of many such disorders, which alone affect 500,000 and 10 million Americans, respectively. In the following pages, we take a look at the efforts in our own backyard by recognized experts at Swedish and Sky Ridge medical centers, who are offering patients hope through a procedure called Deep Brain Stimulation. 28

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