While recently visiting my mother at the Pickersgill Retirement Community in Baltimore, Maryland, I noticed her unsteady gait had again worsened. Since her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) ten years ago, my mother has been treated with multiple medications, yet her condition deteriorates with each visit.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder. According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Parkinson’s disease affects about one million people in the United States and more than four million people worldwide. The disorder occurs in all races, but Parkinson’s is somewhat more prevalent among Caucasians. Men develop the disease slightly more often than… Continue reading