Parkinson 's Disease And How The Disease Progresses Essay

2165 Words Nov 25th, 2016 9 Pages
This essay is about Parkinson’s disease and dementia. My grandfather was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and within a year developed dementia that sometimes goes along with Parkinson’s. I was part of his “Care Team”. Although he lived with the disease for six years and I saw the way it progressed and how it affected him, my family never really knew why or how it was happening. The following information will discuss the reasons for Parkinson’s disease and how the disease progresses. Parkinson’s Disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and affects more than 10 million people worldwide including age, sexes, races, and cultures. (Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Statistics on Parkinson’s). The causes are unknown and the research for the causes and cure are ongoing. Information from The National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) says that most of the people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed in their early 60’s. There are people diagnosed earlier with “early onset Parkinson’s. “Two percent of the approximately 1 million people in the United States with the condition are under the age of 40.” (Laflamme, MD, 2016, Everyday Health, “Early Onset Parkinson’s”). Michael J. Fox, a famous actor, was diagnosed in his 30’s and has been living with the disease for about 20 years. He has become the spokesperson for Parkinson’s disease and has given a face and name to the disease. He has a foundation that has become a ‘bible’ for people and families with…

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