Learn About Parkinson Disease
It is estimated that over 1 million people have Parkinson's disease. Approximately 40,000 will be diagnosed this year with 10-20% of those being Young Onset.
Parkinson's is the #1 movement disorder disease. There are more people suffering with Parkinson's disease than those with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease combined. In neurological disorders, Parkinson's is second only to Alzheimer's disease.
Nebraska was the first state to implement a Parkinson's Registry in order to capture reportable data and identify people with the disease. Physicians and pharmacists are required to report any individual using drugs associated with the treatment of Parkinson's. A coordinator then verifies if the drug is used to manage Parkinson's or a different ailment. Currently, over 10,000 people have been confirmed to be diagnosed with the disease in Nebraska. There is an active bill in legislation to establish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson disease registries that will help determine the incidence and prevalence of the diseases which will result in better treatment and research initiatives.
Now that you know more about Parkinson's, please join us to "ease the burden and find a cure" in our lifetime!
Symptoms of Parkinson's
- Rigidity and freezing in place
- Stooped, shuffling gait
- Decreased arm swing when walking
- Difficulty arising from a chair
- Micrographia (small handwriting)
- Lack of facial expression
- Slowed activities of daily living
- Postural instability
- Difficulty turning in bed
- Diminished sense of smell
- Low voice volume
- Painful foot cramps
- Sleep disturbance
- Increased sweating
- Urinary frequency/urgency
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"GOOD NUTRITION IN PARKINSON'S"
"BE ACTIVE, A SUGGESTED EXERCISE PROGAM"
"BE INDEPENDENT, EQUIPMENT AND SUGGESTIONS FOR DAILY LIVING"
YOUNG PARKINSON'S HANDBOOK
"SPEAKING EFFECTIVELY: A STRATEGIC GUIDE FOR SPEAKING AND SWALLOWING"
"PARKINSON'S DISEASE HANDBOOK"
"AQUATIC EXERCISE FOR PARKINSON'S PATIENT AND THEIR FAMILIES
"MEDICATIONS APPROVED FOR THE TREATMENT OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE IN THE USA"
"MEDICATIONS TO AVOID"
"AN INTRODUCTION TO PARKINSON'S DISEASE - CHINESE"
#4 "KEYS TO CAREGIVING"
#5: "HOSPITALIZATION OF A PARKINSON PATIENT"
#6: "THE LIVING WILL & THE DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE-REV 2007"
#7: "PARKINSON'S DISEASE AND ORAL HEALTH"
#8: "THE FAMILY UNIT AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#9 "MAINTAINING INDEPENDENCE IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE'"
#10: "THE CHALLENGE OF PD: ADAPTING TO A NURSING HOME"
#13: "MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#16: "WHEN PATIENTS SHOULD GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM?"
#17: "NEURO-OPHTHALMOLOGY AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#20: "FATIGUE IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#21: "RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALTHY LIVING"
#22: "DEPRESSION AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#23: "INCONTINENCE & PARKINSON'S"
#24: "EMPLOYMENT AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#26: "WHAT IS DYSPHAGIS"
#27: "COGNITIVE CHANGES FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE"
#28: "TOO LITLE EXERCISE AND TOO MUCH SITTING; A RECIPE FOR CHANGE"
"34 "HELPFUL HINTS - BROCHURE"
"THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A WILL" "TRANSPOSTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (TSA) - APPROVED ID CARD FOR TRAVELERS W/ PARKINSON'S DISEASE"