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What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a degeneration of the cells which produce dopamine in the substantia nigra area of the brain.

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DIAGNOSIS

Everyone responds in a different way when told they have Parkinson’s disease. For some, the diagnosis may be a relief. Others, however, may find themselves in denial and may need some time to accept the diagnosis.

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YOUNG ONSET PARKINSON'S DISEASE (YOPD)

Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD) is defined as a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease between the ages of 21 and 55. YOPD accounts for 35% of all cases of Parkinson’s.

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Motor Symptoms

Most common motor symptoms are: resting tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and lack of coordination. Other symptoms are hypomimia, hypophonia, and micrographia.

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CAREGIVERS

Caregivers (also known as carers and care partners) of those living with Parkinson’s Disease provide ongoing assistance and support to the emotional, spiritual and social needs of another person.

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Nonmotor Symptoms

Most common non-motor symptoms are: cognitive and mood changes, drooling, changes in taste and smell, constipation, urinary problems, pain, insomnia, and fatigue.

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RELATED DISEASES

There are many causes of tremors and other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease and it may take time to make an accurate diagnosis. A neurologist who specializes in movement disorders is the best person to make or confirm a diagnosis.

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About Parkinson Newfoundland & Labrador

Established in 1990, Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, and is supported by donations from individuals, members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers.