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,

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

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

Therapeutic Exercise for Parkinson’s Disease

Therapeutic exercise is widely accepted as “medicine” for Parkinson’s Disease. It has  been scientifically proven to improve nearly every motor (and most non-motor) symptoms, enhance and/or prolong the effects of medication and even delay the progression of the disease. Just as medicine should be administered regularly and under the direction of a Parkinson’s expert, so should exercise! Move It! Improve It! Drop-In classes to be held Mondays & Wednesdays  at the Louisville Recreation and Senior