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about parkinson’s

APRIL HAS BEEN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE MONTH FOR PARKINSON’S AWARENESS

THE RED TULIP IS THE SYMBOL OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE
And became the international symbol of Parkinson’s disease in 1980 when a horticulturalist honored Dr. James Parkinson by naming a tulip after him.

 

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UNDERSTANDING PARKINSON’S:

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is hard to diagnose and patients are losing crucial time in slowing down the progress of the disease and improving their quality of life. PD is due to a decrease of dopamine in the brain which leaves a person unable to control movement normally.
There are two types of PD, the tremors type and the rigid type, the latest being more subtle and harder to identify. PD is a “boutique disease” as no two patients have a set of similar symptoms (not every patients will have all the following symptoms)

 LEARN TO IDENTIFY PARKINSON’S SYMPTOMS

– Tremors of the hands, arms, legs or jaw
– Rigidity or stiffness of a limb or trunk which does not relax, cramps in the legs and toes
– Lack of swinging of the arms when walking, curved posture
– Slowness of movements (Bradykinesia)
– Difficulty with repetitive movements or regular daily tasks
– Postural instability when standing up, pivoting or making quick turns or movements
– Unusual fatigue and loss of energy
– Depression, fear and anxiety
– Decrease in facial expressivity (facial mask)
– Walking with short, shuffling steps and/or uncontrollable acceleration in gait
– Quieter and less distinct speech pattern and/or excessively fast speech (Tachyphemia)
– Cognitive impairment (memory difficulties, confusion, dementia, slowed thought
process, difficulty concentrating, apathy, poor motivation, word-finding difficulty or
poor judgment)
– Slowed reaction times, impaired ability to process visual and spatial information; many
patients should not be driving.
– Freezing of gait (as if the feet are glued to the floor)
– Shrinkage in hand-writing (Micrographia)
– Reduced swallowing which causes drooling and excess saliva
– Loss of sense of smell
– constipation
– REM behavior disorder (sleep disorder)
– mood disorders
– low blood pressure when standing up
– Vivid dreams (physically acting out their dreams)

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
English: http://www.pdf.org/en/about_pd
Espanol: http://www.pdf.org/en/espa_ol

check for your New Mexico congress people in the PARKINSON’S DISEASE CAUCUS, in our national Congress
http://www.parkinsonsaction.org/federal-initiatives/congressional-caucus

 

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