Parkinson’s Disease: What You Need to Know

Parkinson’s disease affects roughly one of 250 people over 40 and about one of 100 people older than 65, so the chances are pretty high that you know at least one person with the condition.

The basal ganglia, residing deep below the cerebral cortex, contains a cluster of nerve cells that release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls movement. People with this disease have degeneration of these nerve cells and suffer from shakiness, stiffness, a loss of balance, and difficulty walking.

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This handout provides information about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Parkinson’s disease. Dietary modifications and other lifestyle changes that might help are also discussed.

The Good News

As pointed out in this article by Johns Hopkins, the good news is that people with Parkinson’s disease live longer and better than ever before. Today’s treatments often allow for a high quality of life. By working with a trusted advisor, individuals living with this disease are able to be an active partner in their care and are better equipped to handle any challenges that arise.