Patient Education Guide - Understanding Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a slow, progressive, degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (brain). It is the fastest-growing brain disease.
(Only Alzheimer's disease affects more people).
There are approximately 9.4 million people living with PD in the world today. About 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.
This new Patient Education Guide is a tool designed to help patients/residents, families, and caregivers understand important information about Parkinson's disease. It also includes action items for the person's well-being and provides answers to common questions, including:
• What is Parkinson's Disease?
• What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?
• Who is at Risk?
• How is Parkinson's Disease Diagnosed?
• How is Parkinson's Disease Treated?
• What Can I Do to Help Myself/Others?
Also included are important documents to record:
• Concerns/questions to talk about with my doctor
• Next appointments
• My contact numbers
• Personal notes to my doctor/family/caregivers
• Medication profile
• Location of important documents with your wishes