Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's Disease occurs when the nerve
cells in the brain that make the brain chemical
"dopamine" are slowly destroyed. Without
"dopamine" the nerve cells in the brain cannot
send messages. This leads to the loss of muscle
function.

Symptoms
Symptoms can occur mild at first and then can
gradually get worse over time. Small tremors start
first or a slight feeling that one leg is stiff and dragging.
Symptoms may affect one or both sides of the body.
A few of these syptoms are slow blinking, constipation,
difficulty swallowing, drooling, problems with balancing
and walking, no expression in the face, muscle aches
and pains, shaking(tremors) and stooped positioning
of the body.
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The average age
Parkinson's Disease most often developes after the age of 50.
It is one of the most common nervous system disorders of the
elderly. Parkison's affects both men and women and it may run
in the family. (A young person is affected, the reason is usually
because of a form of the disease that runs in the family. This
Disease is rare in children.
Long term prognosis
Parkinson disease developes as a person gets
older and the damage to the nerve cells gets worse.
The condition deteriorates the part of the brain that controls
motor functioning. Parkinson's Disease itself is not fatal as there
is medication one can take to control it.

Michael J Fox Interview
Really informative YouTube video.
Prevalence
Parkinson's Disease is a very common disease which affects most of the elderly out of the age groups.

Prevention and Life-Style choices
There are many life-style choices that one can make to avoid or lesson their chance of developing Parkinson's when they are older. Exercising whilst being young keeps one fit and healthy therefore there is less risk developing the disease as it restricts the movement of a person. One an eat fresh fruit and vegetables, add excess iron to your diet and try avoid smoking or any other harmful substance that could harm your body.
Prevent Parkinson's
Another interesting article.
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These Two pictures show you the effects of Parkinson's disease.

Suggestions to Helping a Patient with Parkinson's Disease
A Care-giver must be able to help the paitent with moving to make it as easy as possible for them to move around. They also must be responsible for giving the correct medication that the pateint is required to take at the correct time so therefore the patient does not need to worry about forgetting. As well as just being a friend and being there for the person during this hard time.

A Person who has Parkinson's disease should have a home that has easy access to all area in the home. There should not be any flights of stairs or any opsticles that a patient should have to worry about getting around.

Family are needed during this time. It is very important for their support as well as sometimes for financial support as the medical fee's can be expensive as well as the medication needed regularly. Medical aid is also advisable to get as one can benefit hugely from in the long term.

The public's perception of a person with parkinson's can be horrific. People tend to stare and make the patient feel insecure but it is important for the patient to be bold and not worry about what people think of them. The patient must just concentrate on staying healthy and try live a normal life.

Reference
First picture: http://www.google.co.za/imgres?q=parkinson

Information: http://www.science.ca/scientists/scientistprofile.php?pID=327

Second picture: http://www.google.co.za/imgres?q=parkinson%27s+disease+effects

Third Picture: Same site as second

Information: http://www.caregiver.com/articles/parkinsons/parkinsons_tips.htm