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Resources for Parkinson’s Disease

According to the National Institute of Health/Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Parkinson’s Disease can be defined as; Parkinson’s disease (PD) is movement disorder of the nervous system that gets worse over time. As nerve cells (neurons) in parts of the brain weaken, are damaged, or die, people may begin to notice problems with movement, tremor, stiffness in the limbs or the trunk of the body, or impaired balance. As symptoms progress, people may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. Not everyone with one or more of these symptoms has PD, as the symptoms appear in other diseases as well.

There is no cure for PD, but research is ongoing and medications or surgery can often provide substantial improvement with motor symptoms.

The four primary symptoms of PD are:

  1. Tremor—Tremor (shaking) often begins in a hand, although sometimes a foot or the jaw is affected first. The tremor associated with PD has a characteristic rhythmic back-and-forth motion that may involve the thumb and forefinger and appear as a “pill rolling.” It is most obvious when the hand is at rest or when a person is under stress. This tremor usually disappears during sleep or improves with a purposeful, intended movement.
  2. Rigidity—Rigidity (muscle stiffness), or a resistance to movement, affects most people with PD. The muscles remain constantly tense and contracted so that the person aches or feels stiff. The rigidity becomes obvious when another person tries to move the individual’s arm, which will move only in short, jerky movements known as “cogwheel” rigidity.
  3. Bradykinesia—This is a slowing down of spontaneous and automatic movement that can be particularly frustrating because it may make simple tasks difficult. Activities once performed quickly and easily—such as washing or dressing—may take much longer. There is often a decrease in facial expressions (also known as “masked face”).
  4. Postural instability—Impaired balance and changes in posture can increase the risk of falls.

Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. Parkinson’s is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly 90,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with PD each year. More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD. The incidence of Parkinson’s Disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50. Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.

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Written Resources

  • Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller
  • Suffer Strong by Katherine and Jay Wolf
  • How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey
  • Good Grief by Granger E. Westberg
  • Overcoming Adversity by Joni Eareckson Tada
  • The Dopamine Journals by Dr. John P. Williams Jr
  • No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox

Helpful Scriptures

Preferred Translation: The Passion Translation

  • 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
  • James 1:2-4
  • Romans 8:18
  • John 9:1-3
  • 1 Peter 4:12
  • Psalms of Lament
  • Job 1-42 (NLT)
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