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Parkinsons Disease in the Older Patient

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        StatementA Hodder Arnold Publication
        PublishersA Hodder Arnold Publication
        LC ClassificationsAugust 15, 2001
        The Physical Object
        Paginationxvi, 105 p. :
        Number of Pages52
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        ISBN 100340759143

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These are common symptoms of Parkinson disease:• You may be more likely to get early-onset Parkinson disease if someone in your family has it. The same medicinal combination that worked fine yesterday can appear ineffective today. Problems with cognitive function, including forgetfulness and trouble with concentration, may arise later. Because there is so much variability among patients in how the disease progresses, doctors are not able to accurately predict how quickly symptoms will worsen, or even which specific symptoms will develop for each patient.

As with most neurodegenerative diseases, age represents the leading risk factor for the development of PD. Parkinson disease is a movement disorder that can make your muscles tight and rigid. Though tremors are often the first symptom and the least disabling, they often cause the most embarrassment for the patient.

Parkinson's disease in the older patient

We compared these features among PD patients who initiated anti-parkinsonian drugs at age 75-85 years elderly with those who started treatment at age 50-74 years younger. To further complicate diagnosis, onset of PD symptoms does not definitively mean the patient has the disease.

Although some cases of Parkinson's appear to be hereditary, and a few can be traced to specific genetic mutations, in most cases the disease occurs randomly and does not seem to run in families. Other supportive therapies include a healthy diet and exercises to strengthen muscles and improve balance. Exercise also releases natural brain chemicals that can improve emotional well-being. They include physical, occupational, and speech therapies, which help with gait and voice disorders, tremors and rigidity, and decline in mental functions.