This six-page handout educates people about Parkinson’s disease, which is a type of movement disorder. It explains that people with Parkinson's have a decrease in a brain chemical called dopamine, and clarifies that though there is no cure for the disease its signs can be managed. It identifies the four most common signs of Parkinson’s, and discusses other symptoms that may occur as the disease progresses. The document provides basic information about options for care with medicines and physical therapy, adjustments to medications, occupational therapy and speech therapy, and surgery. It recommends things people can to to manage their signs of Parkinson's disease when walking, using the bathroom, dressing, and eating or drinking.
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