from motor symptoms, Gait disturbances, “frozen” feet . Other symptoms include lack of coordination Reduced sense of smell, Depression Anxiety Sleep disturbances Impaired memory or thinking Difficulties with urination , Constipation ,Orthostatic hypotension ,Increased salivation and sweating. Elderly patients tend to become more and more immobile as the disease progresses. Theses individuals suffer with Tremors,and rigidity. One facial change that is common with these patients is facial drooping that is recognizable in most patients with parkinson’s disease. The death of the Neurons in a region of the brain substantia nigra pars compacta is largely responsible for motor symptoms including tremor , rigidity , and loss of spontaneous movement . (Downward,2017). Another process that occurs during aging, is a decline in the function of organelles that are responsible for The clean up of damaged proteins in neurons. Then over time a build up of the protein which forms Lewy bodies and they damage neurons.
Age and Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease has been considered an elderly person’s disease. As most patients are diagnosed in their early 60’s. There are only 5% of individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s are under 60 years old (downward, 2017). Population-based data on 36 million Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 suggests that 1.6% of Americans are treated yearly for PD, approaching the rate of stroke or migraine (Willis, 2013). What causes Parkinsons disease? They are still unsure what causes this disease. They believe it is a combination of genetics and external factors. References Downward, E. (2017, March). Parkinson's Disease in the Elderly. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from Dickson, D. W. (2012, August). Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism: Neuropathology. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from Willis, A. W. (2013). Parkinson disease in the elderly adult. Retrieved May 30, 2019, from
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