Parkinson's disease also known as Parkinson's, idiopathic parkinsonism, primary parkinsonism, PD or paralysis agitans is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra, a region of the midbrain. The cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement related, these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioural problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep and emotional problems. PD is more common in the elderly with most cases occurring after the age of 50.
Services offered for Parkinson's disease
The service is designed to meet the needs of individuals with physical disabilities and/or sensory or cognitive impairments. The facilities enable the highest possible quality treatment and care to be provided to meet the care needs of the individual
- Specialist Rehabilitation Inpatient Programmes
- Challenging Behaviours Management Service
Useful Links about Parkinson's Disease
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