What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common chronic, progressive, neurologic disease, behind only Alzheimer’s. Due to a dramatic increase in the age of our population, genetics, and environmental factors associated with an increased risk for the disease, many physicians believe that we may be on the cusp of an emerging pandemic. Parkinson’s is a disease of the central nervous system that touches almost every aspect of daily living, including movement, mood, speech, eating and drinking,

Every Nine Minutes a Parkinson Diagnosis is Given

Every nine minutes someone in our community is diagnosed with Parkinson Disease (PD). Chances are you or someone you know or love will be affected by the disease. PD is the fastest growing neurological disorder. Since the average age at onset is 60, and the median age of our community is 65, many physicians believe we are on the cusp of an emerging pandemic. And as life expectancy increases, so does the number of people

Helping Individuals With Parkinson’s Disease

The challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD), even within their own homes, can be many and varied. PD is a disease that develops and worsens slowly over time. Symptoms range widely from motor symptoms (like tremors, coordination, balance, walking deficits, lack of facial expression, decreased vocal volume and inflection) to non-motor symptoms (like depression, anxiety, constipation, lethargy). Symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, depending on how long they have had the

How Can a Rehabilitation Hospital Help You and Your Family?

Deciding on care for a loved one with serious medical conditions can be confusing. In south central Pennsylvania, rehabilitation hospitals offer patients opportunities to move toward wellness and independence. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides physical medicine as well as rehabilitation programs and services. These hospitals offer advanced treatment tailored to each patient’s goals. Patients who may benefit from this type of care include those with some of the following conditions: • Fractures, joint replacements, musculoskeletal

PD Associated Risk Factors in Western PA

Western Pennsylvania is like the “perfect storm” in terms of risk factors for developing Parkinson’s disease. There are three primary risk factors that have been associated with PD: 1. Age (older persons at a higher risk) 2. Genetic Factors (mutations on certain genes which are common in two particular ethnic backgrounds may account for as many as 15%-20% of the cases of Parkinson’s disease, 1.5 – 2 times greater than in other populations) 3. Environmental

Parkinson’s Disease 101

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most-common neurodegenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer’s. In his 1817 “Essay on Shaking Palsy,” James Parkinson first described PD as a disease. Now, 200 years later, PD is known to affect an estimated one million people in the US, with about 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The cause of PD is still unknown, but genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute. No test has yet been developed to diagnose