If 1 person every 9 minutes in the U.S. is diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, 584,000 people have been diagnosed in the U.S. since Peaks For Parkinson's 2010.
An American is diagnosed every 9 minutes with Parkinson's Disease.
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's Disease is the second most common progressive degenerative neurological disorder.
It is caused by the death of certain cells in the brain that help control motor skills.
What are the effects of PD?
Symptoms vary within individuals but often include tremors, rigidity, stiffness, slowness of movement, and poor balance.
Other symptoms may include difficulty with thinking, depression, and problems with speaking or swallowing.
Who is affected by PD?
Parkinson's is generally thought of as a condition that affects the elderly but young people can be affected too, referred to as "young onset Parkinson's."
Famous people like Michael J. Fox,
Muhammad Ali, Alan Alda, Brian Grant,
Ozzie Osborne, Pope John Paul II, Janet Reno, Linda Ronstadt, and Robin Williams have brought much attention to the disease.
While there is still no cure, treatments are improving.