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What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s disease is a brain condition caused by a degeneration of the cells that produce dopamine and which causes problems with movement, pain, sleep, mental health, and other health issues.

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Everyone responds in a different way when they learn they have Parkinson’s disease. For some, the diagnosis may be a relief. However, others may experience denial and need time to accept the diagnosis.

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When you or a loved one are living with Parkinson’s disease, you may have questions. Our FAQ page has the answers you need.

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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. We’re here to support those living with YOPD.

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Motor Symptoms

Individuals living with Parkinson’s disease experience motor symptoms. The most common motor symptoms are: resting tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, and lack of coordination. Other symptoms include hypomimia, hypophonia, and micrographia.

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Caregivers of those living with Parkinson’s disease play an important role. They provide help with daily living and support the individual’s emotional, spiritual, and social needs.

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Non-Motor Symptoms

There are many non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including cognitive and mood changes, drooling, changes in taste and smell, constipation, urinary problems, pain, insomnia, and fatigue.

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Tremors and other symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may actually be a different but related disease — and it may take time to receive an accurate diagnosis. If you’re experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, we recommend meeting with a neurologist who specializes in movement disorders to discuss them.

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About Parkinson Newfoundland & Labrador

Established in 1990, Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador supports individuals living with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their families, loved ones and caregivers. You’re not alone in your journey and we’re here to provide you with the support, information, services and programs, and resources you need. 

Parkinson Society Newfoundland and Labrador is a registered charity governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. It is supported by donations from individuals, members, and businesses, along with the dedicated efforts of volunteers.