Parkinson's Disease: A Giving Smarter Guide
Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a chronic, neurodegenerative movement disorder that affects the lives of more than 1 million Americans. PD slowly worsens over time, increasingly robbing patients of coordinated movement and inflicting a number non-motor symptoms ranging from cognitive impairment to gastrointestinal issues. Approximately 90 percent of PD cases occur spontaneously, while 10 percent of cases are familial. PD mainly affects the elderly, however the cause of PD is unknown. There are currently no treatments that can slow or stop the relentless progression of the disease.