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Age Ageing. 2019 Dec 1;49(1):12-15. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afz147.

Movement disorders: a themed collection.

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Geriatric Medicine, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW,  UK.


Movement disorders are a diverse and challenging group of neurological conditions. Geriatricians and allied health professionals play a key role in the care of patients living with these disorders. Age and Ageing is making freely available online a collection of 15 papers that highlight the breadth and depth of this field. Perhaps unsurprisingly papers on Parkinson's disease predominate, but rarer movement disorders, including those seen following stroke and Huntington's disease, are also represented. Difficulties in diagnosis are explored, together with innovative approaches to management of both motor and non-motor symptoms. The collection includes qualitative work, longitudinal studies and clinical trials, and both the individual patient perspective and the international perspective are considered. There are papers for generalists, papers for specialists, papers for clinical commissioners and papers for researchers. Comprehensive review articles provide clarity, guidance and pragmatism. Finally, a New Horizons article encourages us to look to the future of movement disorders, which lies not only in developing novel therapies and trials but also in recognising the enormous value of palliative care and the multidisciplinary approach.


huntington’s ; movement disorders ; older people ; parkinson’s ; tremor


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