Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting the cells that produce dopamine in the brain. When dopamine levels decrease, it causes abnormal brain activity, leading to symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. It is estimated 55,000 Canadians aged 18 and older are currently living with disease.
Parkinson’s disease signs and symptoms can be different for everyone. Some of the common symptoms are resting tremors, slow movement, stooped posture and rigidity in the joints. These can often result in higher risk for falls, decreased cardiovascular function or pain in the areas of the body that aren’t able to move as well.