Most everyone has met a Parkinson’s patient; maybe a grandfather or grandmother, mother, or father, uncle, aunt or neighbor. Whoever it may be, the symptoms of slowed, difficult movement, stooped posture, fatigue, and lack of facial expression can have a negative impact on a person’s sense of well-being and health. Understanding the steps that can be taken by a patient and family member to help this person are vital to achieving positive outcomes for the person.
Parkinson’s disease, a chronic neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system, affects 4% of the population worldwide over 80 years of age and is a leading cause of disability in the older population. As a movement disorder, it impairs a person’s ability to walk, dress, prepare meals, drive, eat, play sports, and think. The disease can affect both men and women,
Parkinson’s Disease or PD is a neurodegenerative disorder; it may progress slowly but worsens over time. Symptoms in the advanced stages of this disease can include slowed movements, tremors, and memory loss. Many sufferers find themselves increasingly dependent on their caregivers as their condition declines. No cure for PD has been discovered, but medications are available to reduce the effects of its symptoms.