What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a type of movement disorder that can affect the ability to perform common, daily activities. It is a chronic and progressive disease, meaning that the symptoms become worse over time. It is characterized by its most common of motor symptoms— tremors (a form of rhythmic shaking), stiffness or rigidity of the muscles, and slowness of movement (called bradykinesia)—but also manifests in non-motor symptoms including sleep problems, constipation, anxiety, depression, and fatigue, among others.
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We at Lifespark believe that Parkinson's affects the family and friends as well, not just the individual. Anxiety and depression are common amongst those with Parkinson's, and are equally important as movement related symptoms. There are support groups to help those with Parkinson's manage their therapy and social life better.
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Early Onset Parkinson’s
Though uncommon, Parkinson’s can also afflict young people. Learn more about Early Onset Parkinson’s here.
There are an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease and more than 10 million people worldwide. Most people who develop the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease do so sometime after the age of 50, but Parkinson’s disease can affect younger persons as well. Approximately 10% of Parkinson’s diagnoses occur before age 50—these diagnoses are called Early Onset (or Young Onset) Parkinson’s disease.
Hear it from those who understand
Living with Parkinson's is tough. But there are many inspiring stories as well. People across the globe have shared their stories of perseverance and grit in their daily struggle against Parkinson's. Their common message : Exercise, find a support group and live life the best you can. Read their stories on our blog.