Free DVD and Guidebook Answers Questions for Patients and Caregivers

Newswise — ST. PAUL, Minn. – Actor Jerry Mathers is the host of the American Academy of Neurology Foundation’s latest patient education video and guidebook, Diabetic Nerve Pain: A Guide for Patients and Families. The video and guidebook are aimed at answering important questions for people who suffer from nerve pain due to diabetes and can be viewed and downloaded for free by visiting The video is being released in advance of National Neuropathy Week, May 16-20, 2011. For more information on National Neuropathy Week, visit

Mathers is best known for portraying Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, the adorable boy on the classic television sitcom “Leave it to Beaver.”. Mathers, 62, is featured on the cover of the May/June issue of Neurology Now® magazine discussing his experience with diabetic nerve pain, a painful neurologic condition affecting millions of Americans.

Fellows of the American Academy of Neurology Thomas Chelimsky, MD, with Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and John Markman, MD, with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY, also appear in the video with expert advice to help patients and their families. The videopresents an overview of living with diabetic nerve pain, along with treatment options and tips on adjusting to changes that come with living daily with the disorder. The guidebook also provides a list of trusted resources for patients.

In addition, the video will be broadcast in several television markets this summer. Dates and air times will be posted on

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation (AAN Foundation) raises money to support vital research into the prevention, treatment and cure of brain disorders. The AAN Foundation is committed to improving patient care, quality of life and public understanding of brain and other neurologic disorders.

The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 24,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. For more information, visit