April is Parkinson’s Awareness month. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with a variety of motor function impairment symptoms such as tremors, rigidity and mobility problems. Other symptoms may be apathy, depression, sleep problems, loss of smell and cognitive impairment. There is no known cure and treatment options vary.
Advancements in medical technologies have improved in medications to delay the worsening of symptoms. Doctors have also experimented with surgeries that can control erratic brain impulses. Surgeries, like deep brain stimulation, for instance, involve the placing of electrodes to block the abnormal brain activity that is responsible for generating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Most Parkinson’s disease sufferers will be above the age of 60, but in recent years, medical scientists have confirmed that Parkinson’s disease can strike at any age. Young persons are not immune to the disease.