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New Online Community Highlights that Living with Parkinson’s Disease May Involve More Than Motion™

ATLANTA April 20, 2012 More than Motion

More than Motion Jo-Ann Golec

More than Motion

    • In the first installment, viewers will meet Jo-Ann and her family and find out why she is committed to exercise, how she prepares for meetings with her movement disorder specialist, and her involvement with the Parkinson’s disease community in her hometown.
  • More than Motion

One million Americans currently live with Parkinson’s disease. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are typically categorized as either affecting motor function or non-motor function. The cardinal motor symptoms include stiffness, tremors, slow movements and postural instability. In addition, the medical and research communities are starting to better understand the full spectrum of symptoms that can have a significant impact on a patient’s life. These include:

  • Cognitive changes, such as memory problems or trouble paying attention
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability, decreased motivation or apathy
  • Sleep disorders, ranging from insomnia to drowsiness
  • Skin disorders, such as rashes or dandruff
  • Gastrointestinal or urinary disorders

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More About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, neurological disease that occurs when certain cells in the brain stop producing enough of a chemical called dopamine. Dopamine plays several important roles in the body — it helps regulate movement and it plays a role in cognitive and emotional function.

As dopamine levels fall, the cardinal motor symptoms (stiffness, tremors, slow movement, and postural instability) can progress, along with the underlying non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which are less well-recognized and may be under-treated. It is estimated that 60 percent of people with Parkinson’s have two or more non-motor symptoms, and that 25 percent have four or more.

the United States

Most people are diagnosed with the condition when they are in their sixties; one in every 100 people age 60 and older is affected by the condition.

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