Elder Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox, a popular Hollywood actor who was diagnosed with young- onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991, stands as a hero with his organization Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation. He states boldly on his website, “Our Challenges don’t define us. Our Actions do!”

Increasingly, we are seeing caregivers dealing with patients and loved ones afflicted with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neuro-degenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease and affects over one million people in the US. Parkinson’s is more common in the elderly and rises from 1% in those over 60 years of age to 4% of the population over 80 years of age.

As Parkinson’s is not a curable disease, all treatments are focused on slowing decline and improving quality of life and are therefore either rehabilitative and/or palliative in nature.

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