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Parkinson's Disease

April is Parkinson Awareness Month in Canada. Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. Often developing after the age of 60, Parkinson's Disease gradually worsens over time, but there are treatments and therapies available to help with symptoms.

What causes Parkinson's Disease?

According to the National Institute on Aging, "Parkinson's disease occurs when nerve cells, or neurons, in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired and/or die. Although some cases of Parkinson's appear to be hereditary, and a few can be traced to specific genetic mutations, in most cases the disease occurs randomly and does not seem to run in families. Many researchers now believe that Parkinson's disease results from a combination of genetic factors and environmental factors such as exposure to toxins."

Early Signs of Parkinson's

Here is a list from that outlines changes that people diagnosed with PD often start out with. "No single one of these signs means that you should worry, but if you have more than one sign you should consider making an appointment to talk to your doctor." These symptoms may appear subtle and occur gradually and are often mistaken for the effects of normal aging.

  • Tremor

  • Small Handwriting

  • Loss of Smell

  • Trouble Sleeping

  • Trouble Moving or Walking

  • Constipation

  • Soft or Low Voice

  • Masked Face

  • Dizziness or Fainting

  • Stooping or Hunching Over

Treatment Options

There is no cure for Parkinson's Disease, however, there are options for treatment and therapies to relieve symptoms.

  • Prescription Medications

  • Physical Therapy

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Surgical Treatment Options

  • Medical Marijuana

  • Over the Counter & Complementary Therapies

  • Exercise

  • Clinical Trials

If you suspect that you or your elderly loved one has Parkinson's Disease or shows early-onset symptoms, consult a doctor right away. For more information about the disease, visit

If you are looking for a Personal Support Worker, Companion or Caregiver to assist your loved one diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease with daily exercises to aid in relieving symptoms, call us today!

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