Parkinson's Disease

By: Mason Kucharski

What The Disease Is

Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic movement disorder that gets worse over time. It starts with the death of a group of vital nerve cells in the nervous system called neurons. As the neurons die, some of them produce a chemical that sends a message to the part of the brain that controls movement, otherwise known as the nervous system. This chemical is called dopamine. Dopamine kills off more of your neurons and the chemical starts affecting your body. Typically, it’s the place with the most nervous system damage. That’s the weakest place, and just as any other case, the weakest is the target. As the neurons die off, your movement starts to slow. Sometimes, you can’t even move at all. And these are just minor symptoms of the disease.


How Bad The Disease Can Get

Normally, the disease doesn’t get much worse than your movement symptoms. The neurons die out, and your movement disorders are minor. But some cases get very serious.

Some people can’t move at all! They have to be supported by others.

Some people can end up needing medical attention every DAY because the effects are so bad.

Some have tremors all the time in their hands. Sometimes it's to the point were they can't even FEED themselves.


Some Of The Causes

Other Facts

Beginning To End

WARNING SIGNS

Sometimes the Warning signs are as simple as a tremor in your hand. Some can be as complex as you flailing your limbs around. Sometimes you just breakdown and fall over. You can’t move at all. Either way, it’s the weakest spot in your nervous system that tends to go first. If it’s your arm, you can’t move your arm as well, if it’s your leg, you can’t move your leg as well. You will live with Parkinson’s for the rest of your life.


TARGET POPULATION

It’s been said that at least a million American Citizens are living with Parkinson’s. And not all of them are elders. Some of them could be as young as eighteen.


CURE?

There is no treatment or cure yet for Parkinson’s. It is incurable at this moment in time.


LONGEVITY
Most people live as long as they would without Parkinson’s. You can still live like any other civilized human being, you just can’t move as well.

Why I Chose Parkinson's

The main reason I did this, is because of my step-grandfather, Norman Hess. In 2001, he was experiencing weird symptoms of Parkinson’s. He went to the doctor and the doctor told him that he had Parkinson's. For six YEARS we thought that he was living with Parkinson's. But we later found out that he was misdiagnosed and died of a different movement disorder called Multiple System Atrophy or MSA in December 2007.

Bibliography

Bibliography

"The Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center." At Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.

"Parkinson's Disease." N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013.

"Toxic Causes of Parkinson's Disease." Toxic Causes of Parkinson's Disease. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Dec. 2013.


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