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Parkinson's is a progressive, degenerative neurological movement disorder. It is considerably more common in people over 60, but the number of people diagnosed at a younger age is increasing.1
As Parkinson's progresses, it becomes increasingly disabling, making daily activities like bathing or dressing difficult or impossible. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson's involve motor control, the ability to control your muscles and movement.
The four primary symptoms of Parkinson's are:
Parkinson's is caused by the degeneration of a small part of the brain called the substantia nigra. As brain cells in the substantia nigra die, the brain becomes deprived of the chemical dopamine.
Dopamine enables brain cells involved in movement control to communicate, and reduced levels of dopamine lead to the symptoms of Parkinson's. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 60 to 80% of dopamine-producing cells are lost before the motor symptoms of Parkinson's appear.2
Parkinson's often becomes increasingly disabling over time. If you are living with Parkinson's you may have trouble performing daily activities such as rising from a chair or moving across a room. As the disease progresses, some people need to use a wheelchair or may become bedridden.
The following organisations provide information and support to people who have Parkinson's disease and their families.
Basic Info About PD. American Parkinson Disease Association. www.apdaparkinson.org. Accessed November 4, 2013.
What is Parkinson's Disease? National Parkinson Foundation. www.parkinson.org. Accessed November 4, 2013.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.