Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous disorder that is diagnosed in over 50,000 Americans each year,with about 5 million affected worldwide.

The disease results in the destruction of certain nerve cells in the brain that are responsible for muscle control.It is a disabling disorder that over time can seriously affect a persons ability to move normally.

Trembling of the limbs and head while at rest,slowness,stiffness and impared balance are all symptoms of the disease.Over time it may become difficult to walk,talk or perform simple tasks.

Although Parkinson’s is not curable it is important to get an early and accurate diagnosis so that treatment strategies may be developed to maintain a good quality of life for as long as possible.Diagnosing Parkinson’s can be challenging,especially in the early stages as the disease symptoms can be very similiar to other movement disorders and conditions.A neurologist who specializes in movement disorders will be able to make the most accurate diagnosis.

Living with Parkinson’s can be very difficult for both the individual and their family members,but early recognition and treatment can result in slowing the progression of the disease,minimizing the symptoms and generally improving quality of life.

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2 Responses

  1. My dad has lived with Parkinson’s for over 18 years now, and it gets harder each year. Thank you for being willing to work with (and for!) patients like him who need care!

    • Working with the elderly has always been a passion of mine.My heart goes out to you and your father.I know how hard it is to live with Parkinson’s and care for someone who suffers from it.God bless you both.Thank you for taking the time to look at and comment on my blog.Best wishes.

      Jodi

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