Receiving the diagnosis of a neurological disorder becomes a defining moment, not only for patients but for their families. It is something that changes their life plans, their retirement projects and above all drowns them in a sea of uncertainties, doubts and fears of what the outcome will be and how they will withstand the challenges that lay ahead.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Parkinson’s disease is defined as “a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination. It occurs when the nerve cells in the brain that make dopamine are slowly destroyed. This leads to the loss of muscle function”. It is a degenerative condition; therefore the main focus of treatment is put on maintaining the quality of life of the patient and providing help on coping with the symptoms.
For more information on the Park Optimists Support Group please call Barbara Polster at 305-992-7813.