Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects the body in numerous ways. The signs may be subtle at first starting with trouble sleeping or constipation. As the disease continues to progress, symptoms will worsen.
The disease affects movement, reducing the ability to move around, limiting range of motion, and impairing balance and posture. Many people will also suffer mentally; speech and writing changes are common, along with personality and mood changes.
According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, as many as one million Americans live with the condition; approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year and more than 10 million people worldwide are living with it.