Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). The person will slowly lose the ability to control his or her body movements. This happens due to:

  • Damaged nerve cells.

  • Low levels of a certain brain chemical.

HOME CARE

  • Exercise often.

  • Make time to rest during the day.

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Replace buttons and zippers with elastic and Velcro® if getting dressed is difficult.

  • Put grab bars or rails in your home. This helps you to not fall.

  • Go to speech therapy or therapy to help you with daily activities (occupational therapy). Do this as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP IF:

  • Your medicine does not help your symptoms.

  • You fall.

  • You have trouble swallowing or choke on your food.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.