DEFINITION: Parkinson's Disease is a chronic and a progressive movement Disorder that can continue and can worsen overtime. Parkinson’s Disease involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain.
In the early stages of Parkinson's disease, your face may show little to no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease can impact people in many different ways. Yet, there are typical patterns in Parkinson's disease.
STAGE 1: Tremor and other movement symptoms occur on one side of the body. Not that noticeable.
STAGE 2: Tremor and other movement symptoms affect both sides of the body. Walking problems and poor posture may occur.
STAGE 3: Loss of balance and slowness of movements are shown. Falls are more common.
STAGE 4: symptoms are severe and very limiting. It’s possible to stand without assistance, but movement may require a walker.
STAGE 5: This is the most advanced and debilitating stage of Parkinson’s disease. Stiffness in the legs may make it impossible to stand or walk, and assistance is needed at all times.
Currently there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but medication and therapy are used to treat its symptoms. In order to prevent it, because the cause of Parkinson's is unknown, proven ways to prevent the disease also are unknown.