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.
Linda, from Stuart, FL was diagnosed at age 52 with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s. Linda is now 55. She discovered a contest in the “Neurology Now” educational magazine with top prize being $1,000 and a trip to New Orleans.
The point of the contest is to emphasize the need for research for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Parkinson’s Disease is a common degenerative neurological disorder with a specific etiology and a unique set of signs and symptoms including tremor, stiffness, slowed movements and poor balance. Though there are cases of young people getting Parkinson’s Disease and even the very rare occasion of children affected, it usually strikes the older population more frequently with the age of 60 years and increasing in frequency after that.