Parkinson's Disease with Dementia - Special Challenges

In the U.S. today there are more than one million people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. PD is a progressive movement disorder that affects the central nervous system. Its causes are unknown, and while physicians can manage some symptoms of the disease, there is no known cure. Primarily individuals over the age of 60 are most at risk for developing PD, although cases as young as 30 years old have been diagnosed (juvenile PD). For some patients, however, hallucinations and severe uncontrollable muscle difficulties make them especially vulnerable for dementia as PD progresses. […]