Archives for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month! For those who are not aware of Parkinson’s, we at Freedom Home Care are here to help. To learn about symptoms, treatment and how to get involved this April, continue reading! What is Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain. This area of the brain is called substantia nigra. The cause of Parkinson’s remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. Signs of Parkinson’s One of the first signs of Parkinson’s disease is a slight
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Common Ways to Help Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease or PD is a nervous system disorder the affects movement. It may start with small tremors and eventually progress to muscle stiffening and a decrease in the range of motion. The cause of the condition is unknown, although research suggests that neurons in the brain break down and die. Over time, there’s a decrease in dopamine levels, leading to abnormal brain activity. Your loved one may be more susceptible to PD if they have family members who have been affected by it or they’ve been exposed to certain environmental toxins. While Parkinson’s can not be cured, doctors are
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Slow The Progression of Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that worsens over time. It causes the eventual malfunction and death of neurons in the brain. Here’s what happens. The substantia nigra is the part of the brain that houses the affected neurons. These neurons create less and less dopamine over time. Dopamine sends signals to the portion of the brain that controls movement and coordination – over time, patients with Parkinson’s can no longer manage their body’s movement. While doctors are still unsure of what causes Parkinson’s Disease, they do know that older loved ones are at greater risk for developing the condition.
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