Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. It is usually a progressive condition, meaning that it worsens with time. Some people may have difficulty talking or have behavioral changes, sleep problems, or memory difficulties. Parkinson’s affects about 7-10 million people worldwide.
Parkinson’s occurs when nerve cells in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired or die. People with Parkinson’s also lose the nerve endings that produce norepinephrine, which is the main chemical messenger of the sympathetic nervous system. In turn, this can cause fatigue, irregular blood pressure, decreased movement of food through the digestive tract, and sudden drop in blood pressure when a person stands up suddenly.
Although Parkinson’s changes people’s lives, it’s vital that those who live with the condition don’t limit themselves or lose themselves because of it. Embedded at the beginning of this post is a video title “Keep On Moving”, which seeks to encourage and empower the millions living with Parkinson’s to continue doing what they love.
One essential part of living with Parkinson’s Disease is staying focused and positive. Using mindfulness techniques and incorporating a balance of exercise into your lifestyle can be very helpful during your continued Parkinson’s journey. Plus, it always helps to have a network of family or friends for support, or even to join a Parkinson’s support group to have more people to talk to.