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.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in the United States. We define dementia as the development of memory and thinking problems, progressive in nature, in an otherwise previously healthy adult. There are many reasons to develop dementia; the most likely is Alzheimer’s disease, but there are other important ones including dementia with Lewy bodies,
Memory loss was once thought of as an inevitable part of aging. While it is normal to sometimes forget dates, names, or misplace things, it should not interfere with the ability to function normally. Memory loss or confusion should be evaluated by a neurologist or a physician familiar with dementing illnesses. This evaluation will lead to an accurate diagnosis while ruling out other possible medical conditions such as depression,