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Have you downloaded the new Parkinson’s Central Smartphone App onto your iPhone or Android phone?
Parkinson’s Central by National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. is an app meant to bring information to those living with Parkinson’s Disease, or to those who are living with someone with PD. It is designed to answer any questions you may have regarding the disease, its treatment, and more.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand, and the symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time.
Parkinson's disease symptoms and signs may vary from person to person including:
Environmental triggers (Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors)
Age: It usually begins in middle or late life, and the risk continues to increase with age.
Heredity: Having a close relative with Parkinson's disease increases the chances that one could develop the disease.
Sex: Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than are women.
Exposure to toxins: Constant exposure to herbicides and pesticides could slightly increase risk of Parkinson's disease.
National Parkinson Foundation has developed a page for patients to share their personal experiences. The stories are very inspiring and illustrate the challenges, triumphs and learning moments of those living with Parkinson's disease.
To browse the stories click here.